From Estonia with love (Round the World)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tsiklonaut, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. tsiklonaut

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    Mir complex in Belarus. Used to be so many things, from plain village fort to luxury castle to WWII German occupation ghetto for Jews.
    Now an UNESCO site.






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    Mir.





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    A Path into Oblivion. Ruins of Ruzhany Palace, a 16-19th century building.
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    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Moldova greeted us with a very funky road signs (infrared film image).






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    Shrine. They have their own interpretation of the orthodox cross on the tops of religious buildings.







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    Church in Orheiul Vechi.





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    Moldovan river-scraped landscape in infrared.




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    Old Orhei.





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    Ancient cross.
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    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    What most of the world doesn't know about Moldova is what happens beneath the ground. They have the biggest & longest wine cellars in the world.







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    12-14C all year round make it an ideal place to let the wine lager. Here's the Cricova wine cellars.







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    Designed to drive around with a truck to manage the barrels.




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    In Milestii Mici there's a more robust cellar, but they hold the Guiness World Record of 200 kilometers (or 120 miles) of wine cellars.





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    It goes like a labyrinth and you easily get lost, thankfully there's always wine available to acompany you!





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    The bottle storage spaces are called "casas", many of them privately reserved. I saw one reserved for Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany),
    Ilham Aliyev (president of Azerbaijan) among many others, lots of famous names get their wine from Milestii Mici.





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    A 200 kilometers of cellar fits a staggering amounts of wine indeed. Designed to be drived around with a truck, it's the only way to manage such a vast cellar.
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    Not trying to hijack your thread Margus, I see my old Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire in Wales, Lembit Opik (a mad Estonian) is considering running for President of Estonia! A real eccentric type great fun, he lost his Commons pass due to repeatedly breaking the Bar rules.:photog
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    Father with his Moldovan church in background. Turned out he had served in my tiny country of Estonia during the Soviet occupation years,
    when any religion was an underground movement since any religion was banned.



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    Ukraine.





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    Sunrise over the Black Sea. With a Russian navy ship shadowing us since this Ukrainian registered civilian ferry passes close to Crimean waters.
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    His grandfather Ernst Öpik is a science legend back in Estonia, especially among the field of astronomy people I've worked with. If he's as cunning as his grandfather, you may never know :)
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    Black Sea crossing.





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    Nothing much to do for days other than stare at the sea...






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    Bikes strapped between the trucks.
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    Great pics as always. Would love to explore the Moldovan wine cellars!
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    I was given a bottle of Moldovan "cognac" while in the Baltics in the early 1990's. (Yes, it was labeled "Cognac.")

    I guess it was some sort of brandy but different than any other brandy I ever had. I liked it a lot... I was sad when it was finished.
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    Saso Happily sporting the DRD4 gene Supporter

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    Hi Margus - Thanks, as always, for sharing your photography and travels. Say hi to Kariina
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    Not trying to hijack your thread Margus, I see my old Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire in Wales, Lembit Opic (a mad Estonian) is considering running for President of Estonia! A real eccentric type great fun.
    It sounds like he got the Genes. :photogQuite a coincidence that my home county had a descendant of an ancestor famous in your field. :y0!
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    Georgia welcomed us - finally we got to enjoy those great mountain roads in the Caucasus we always dreamed about.







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    Valley in Georgia.







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    Friendship monument.






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    The town of Signagi is nicely situated on a hilltop.







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    Southern-Georgia






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    Sapara monastery from 9th century.
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    Thank you! Those Moldovan wine cellars are fabulous!

    Moldovan brandy is surprisingly good indeed, I got to taste some too and really thought they know their stuff. In ex Soviet (Eastern-Bloc) countries they did marketed as "cognac" without knowing it was a trademarked for a certain geographical area - in USSR there wasn't much copyright laws anyway concerning the "evil west". After the dependencies and real openings to World markets they changed it to "brandy", Armenia among them. Armenian brandy is world renowned though.

    Cheers!
    Small World, isn't it?! :-)
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    Tsminda Sameba church in Kazbegi, with our bikes parked below.





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    Georgia posesses so many beautiful peaks that sometimes are unveiled by the clouds.





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    Climbing up on the way to Omalo, in Tusheti region.








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    And the view from higher up.
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    Wow, stunning photos and trip.
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    Rdy2Trvl Been here awhile

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    Rdy2Trvl Been here awhile

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    Your photographic skills continue to inspire me. As always, thank you for sharing your adventures with us!
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    Soon we are not riding but feeling like floating in the Caucasian clouds






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    Sky is the limit.






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    On the passroad.





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    Watchtower and church, one for war, the other for peace. Georgians can be puzzling yet very emotional folk.
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    Ancient pillars of Armenia. It's the first official christian country on Earth.








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    Geghard monastery in Armenia.







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    Ancient church.
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    Crossing the Vorotan Pass in Armenia.








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    South-Armenian landscape, this small country has two climate zones in it.









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    The gates to Artsakh - entering the illegal realm according to the most of the world.









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    The landscapes turn eerie once you enter Artsakh, or a country named Nagorno-Karabakh as it's known internationally.
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