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Beautiful Baku


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I did not know what to expect in Baku. I was so surprised about how beautiful it is. The contrast between the business/upscale shopping/entertainment area where the everyday people live is striking.

New and Old 5-25-2013 11-21-16 PM

New and Old 5-25-2013 11-21-16 PM


Side Street in My District

Side Street in My District

They have done a great deal of restoration to the Inner City - the walled area of 12th century city- and in the downtown area, along the sea, and the government area. The average person (and all of our homestays) were in apartment complexes or homes in urban Baku or outlying suburbs. My host is a medical doctor and many were teachers and other professionals.
Flame Buildings 5-25-2013 11-21-39 PM

Flame Buildings 5-25-2013 11-21-39 PM


My Host's Apartment Building

My Host's Apartment Building


Inner City Scene 5-26-2013 3-22-40 AM

Inner City Scene 5-26-2013 3-22-40 AM


Apartment Wall 5-26-2013 3-20-35 AM

Apartment Wall 5-26-2013 3-20-35 AM

The National Monument is a beautiful sculpture garden of people selected by the government as national heroes - including the president who is attributed to creating co-existence with Armenia, Russia, and other nations after the collapse of the USSR. (Although he and his son, the current president, are often considered quite corrupt by the international media and historians, every person on the street I asked revere what they have accomplished and their pictures are throughout the country.)

Flowers on the President's Tomb 5-25-2013 10-57-07 PM

Flowers on the President's Tomb 5-25-2013 10-57-07 PM


Flag and Flame 5-25-2013 11-26-20 PM

Flag and Flame 5-25-2013 11-26-20 PM

Fountain Square is a popular shopping and meeting point.
Fountain Square 3

Fountain Square 3


Bench in Fountain Square

Bench in Fountain Square


And wherever I go, children and youth want to talk English and have their picture taken with the Americans.
Friends on the Fountain Plaza

Friends on the Fountain Plaza

Posted by pscotterly 06.06.2013 20:53 Archived in Azerbaijan

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