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Follow Pat O'Hara's search for the perfect moment in the national parks of the Eastern Caucasus. Eleanor O'Hanlon reports, with photos by Russell Sparkman.

Georgia veteran Peter Nasmyth returns to guide us into the history and heritage of the region. Denise Rocco captures it all in digital images.

April 29:
In Ancient Groves

April 28:
Batumi and Beyond

April 26:
Fly Tusheti Air

April 25:
An Image of Eden

April 24:
The Road of Friendship

April 22:
Patriarch of the Forest

April 21:
Monastery in the Desert

April 20:
Vashlovani Reserve

April 19:
The Living Pillar

April 18:
Preparing for the Journey

April 17:
Georgian Table

April 12:
Tbilisi Overview

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As in all times of transformation Georgians visit two traditional places to renew their strength: the beautiful, colored frescoes, icons of their Orthodox Churches, and the Georgian table.

Meanwhile Pat O'Hara, an American nature photographer, will head off for the protected areas of Eastern Georgia, with my fellow writer Eleanor O'Hanlon. I hope to keep an eye and an ear on their journeys as well, as we share this technology to "reveal" Georgia to you.

As I write my companion in this investigation, photographer Denise Rocco is on her first trip to Georgia to record vital first impressions of Tbilisi. She asked for recommendations of places to visit, and my list runs something like this:

1) Climb up to the Narikala Fortress (4th century, the time of Tbilisi's creation). Look down over the Old Town. Tell yourself almost nothing you see, with the exception of this fortress and the Old Town walls, was left standing after the last Persian invasion of at the end of the 18th century. That after this event Georgia began to forge its strong link with its northern neighbor, Orthodox Russia – its greatest ally and foe up to today.

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Tbilisi and the Mtkvari or Kura River
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