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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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Previous Dispatch

From the top a magnificent view opens out. Down below, nestling under a ring of misty blue mountains, stands a small Caucasian town – Mtskheta. Just beyond on either side, two rivers meet, the Mtkvari and the Aragvi. Immediately one senses a presence and significance to this place. First those rivers, over millions of years carving their raging, milky brown tracks down from the Lesser and Greater Caucasus respectively. Not surprisingly the point where they join has been sacred to the Georgians, a unifying confluence for the whole nation.

I look out over the mountain ridges, imagining the millions of Georgian pilgrims who visited this spot during times of Muslim subjugation; and feeling the spirit of King Kartlos, legendary father of the Georgian people, inhabiting the surrounding soil and rock. As I look a family from Tbilisi arrives. Parents point eager fingers, directing their children's eyes down to the spot below where King Mirian converted to Christianity in 337 AD. The children stare down silently; one grips a small wooden cross, that unrelenting reminder of Georgia's resolute Christianity from King Mirian's time to today.
 
 

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St. Nino's Cross
 
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