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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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It is a place which is "unique in the world" says Paata Khumarashvili, for the range of different eco-systems which exist within a relatively small area.

The next morning we rise early and enter Vashlovani by rubber raft along the Alazani River. As we float toward the reserve, the land become ever more dry, dramatic and expressive. Erosion by wind and water has carved and sculpted these mountains – ancient seismic forces seem to have toppled and tilted them against the horizon. I watch the lines of rock ripple through the green fringes of the poplar trees lining the bank. Spring seems very new here, and the leaves flash with the brilliant iridescence of an insect's wing.

Amiran is waiting for us on the river back with the horses which will carry us into the reserve – and a huge fish his friend Nodari has caught for our dinner. We toast our meeting, our friendship, this beautiful place which Amiran calls a "gift from God", and all the people who have lived and died here, who cared for it and who passed it on.

The horses wait, the day darkens, but this ritual cannot be hurried. It is about more than food and wine – it is an affirmation of the bonds that link us to the past, to the earth and to each other.

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