Click to go to One World Journeys
HomeHistoryCultureTravelEnvironmentAbout UsSponsors
Team Notebooks
Research Team
Relive the day's action and insights with daily journal entries, digital photos, audio reports and more. Select one of the teams below to visit their latest entry.

Field Team
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

Email Teams in Georgia


Previous Dispatch

The small organization that Zaza heads does what it can to save the more precious frescos. "They are falling off," he explains grimly. "Last year we saved Gareja's oldest 9th century fresco just before it collapsed." Indeed, immediately in front of us a huge chunk of sandstone lies face down on the ground, its fresco of saints smashed. And up on the wall many of them now have hideous lines of graffiti carved across their faces.

The vulnerability of the monument is painful, but the spell fabulous. None of us want to leave. Then to confirm nature's complicity, a magnificent white-headed eagle suddenly launches itself from a nearby ledge, gliding out into space, its wings spread like a living angel. All I can think as we walk away is, how on earth can we protect this fabulous, silent, and so delicate corner of our shrinking planet?


If you are interested in trying to assist the David Gareja Studies Center, please email Zaza Skhirtladze.

Next Dispatch

Spring Flowers
Click to View Enlargement

© 2000 FusionSpark Media, Inc. One World Journeys. All rights reserved worldwide. None of the images or content on this web site may be copied or distributed without prior written permission.