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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: Peter Nasmyth
Location: Batumi, the Black Sea
Date: April 28, 2000

Batumi and Beyond

Our journey so far has taken us to the frontiers of Georgia on three sides. But its last and western border, the Black Sea, is probably the most important. Here both the Greater and Lesser Caucasus, the white toothed jaws that hold this country in their grip, descend abruptly down below the ripples of the waters. The blue expanse greets them gratefully and delivers back a precious thin sub-tropical strip between the two inhospitable zones. The air here is mountain cleansed, the soil enriched by the mineral-rich rivers, and of course human enterprise is at its busiest. From the time of Jason and his Argonauts, this coast has served as the primary dockside for the region's social economic link with Europe.

We set the nose of the jeep toward the semi-autonomous region of Ajara, on the Turkish border.

"Batumi has taken over as our main resort," remarks Soso about the Ajarian capital. "It's my favourite city after Tbilisi."

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