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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.

Research Team
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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The project aims to extend these protected areas and connect them more effectively to the land and people around them. It is urgent work - "This is the only time we have to conserve this heritage. If we delay it will be destroyed."

In a few hours he will leave for the US with a party of Georgian parliamentarians. The US National Parks service has developed a special bond with Georgia - some US parks have become sister parks to those in Georgia. The relationship is a deeply helpful one - "Georgia has no chance to protect its exceptional heritage without international aid," he says.

What is special about Georgia, Paata continues, is the way that the country's antiquity, its long cultural continuity, lives alongside so much untouched nature. Nature and culture are not divided here.

I am reminded of our supra - the traditional Georgian table the night before. Georgians have refined the festive arts, and we had three birthdays to celebrate, for Pat, Russell, and Nana our Georgian hostess. The door bell rang and I opened to a group of four tall men.



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Preparing for the expedition to Vashlovanis Nature Reserve.
 
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