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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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"Where is the living pillar?" one of our group breaks the silence, curious about this blend of pagan imagery with Christian interpretation – a common feature of many Georgian churches. I explain that pieces supposedly exist in the cathedral's foundation, some visible through clear glass tiles in the floor, but mainly as a legend – as the magical cedar wood holding up the first Christian church here.

Looking round this ancient, but also modern monument, I begin to understand the church is nearly as "living" today as at its creation. The religious center of this culture, unlike ours, is still secure. The pillar, although invisible to the foreign eye, stands up boldly in the minds of its congregation.


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Ancient Bell
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Remains of the Fortress Walls
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