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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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Until the war with Abkhazia (1992-93) we could equally have headed north, to Sokhumi. But now Abkhazia remains closed and in a tragic state of neglect due to the ongoing political stalemate.

About half way there we make a quick detour into Georgia's largest national park at Borjomi. Great furry mountains rise up on either side of the car, covered in lime green trees; below them spring flowers carpet the ground. Soso points upwards. "I used to work here," he says. "It's Georgia's best park. It has bear, wolves, many kinds of eagle, and is chosen by the World Wildlife Fund. They are making tourist trails."

But with no time to follow any, three hours later the jeep is rolling across the Ajarian border. To our right the sun begins to stab out long, orange fingers across a perfectly still Black Sea. Already the landscape has made its abrupt transformation to palms and undulating hills. Tea plantations climb up the picturesque foothills at Kobuleti, interspersed with fruit and citrus groves. In Soviet times tea was a large industry, and it is only now discovering its export potential again.

To our right, fishermen silhouette against the sky. We open the window and the blasting air carries the tang of eucalyptus and sea-borne salt.

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