My Baki Mar 31, 2015
Baku, one of the most beautiful world’s cities is located at the joint of Europe and Asia. The capital’s name itself is interpreted as a “wind blow”, “city of winds” or “hill”, “city on the hill”.
The port city of Baku, the cultural, industrial and political capital of Azerbaijan is located on the western Caspian seaside, on the bay shores of the same name in the southern part of the Apsheron Peninsula, rich in its oil fields.
It hosted the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 and will host the 2015 European Games, 2016 European Grand Prix and Euro 2020.
Azeri cuisine displays an intriguing blend of influences from Turkey, the Middle East, Iran, Central Asia and even India. Lamb is the staple ingredient, and typical seasonings include saffron, cinnamon and fresh coriander.
Most towns of any size have at least couple of cheap yemakhanas -food houses and anywhere that attracts tourists - foreign or local - will have a selection of slightly more expensive restaurants.
You should definitely try "Piti" - a soupy stew of mutton, fat, chick peas and saffron, cooked and served in individual earthenware pots. Spoon it out into your bowl, and mop up the juices with plenty of bread.
Ovshala or rose sherbet is a refreshing drink made from the petals of dark red roses very tasty !
Baku Boulevard (Baku Bulvar) has a number of cafés and restaurants,the Park Bulvar Trading Mall, Mugam Centre, 'Little Venice', the Yacht Club and the State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art. Taking a tram along the boulevard and a short boat trip are popular activities.
National Flag Square is home to the second-highest flagpole in the world: it is 162 metres high. National Flag Day is celebrated on 9 November and is a public holiday.
The Old City (Icheri Sheher) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the city centre. Within the Old City walls there are many historic buildings and monuments, including the Palace of Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower. There are also hotels, cafés and restaurants.
305km far from Baku you can visit one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, Sheki is rightly called the architectural reserve of the country. Of particular interest to the tourists from all over the world is the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. It is remarkable that during the construction of the palace, not a single nail was used, and the colored glass for shebeke (national mosaic) was brought from Venice.
Bus: Scheduled bus Baku-Sheki - 6 hours;
Train: Baku-Barda-Balaken – 8 hours.
Baku Azerbaijan, land of fire, tea and shisha party :)
P.S.: Baku, one of the most beautiful world’s cities may be one of the most expensive cities in the world !!!
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