Baku

Weekend trip to Baku, Azerbaijan

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At the start of August 2019, we traveled to Baku Azerbaijan. For me, this was my first time in Azerbaijan. Our trip here was in the frames celebrate a birthday in one of the former Soviet Union member country capital cities, so far we have been to Yerevan, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kyiv, and now Baku To get here, we booked a train ticket from Tbilisi and traveled from Tbilisi central station. Before entering Azerbaijan we had to apply for an e-visa online (which has to be done some 5 days before…


Azcot Hotel in Baku

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Set in a 19th century building on Fountain Square, Azcot Hotel is located in the heart of Baku and offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV. It features a 24-hour front desk and free parking on site. We booked Azcot Hotel for a one night stay (actually paid for two nights) in early August 2019, and paid for our stay about USD 120. We booked two nights because we had a plane back to Tbilisi in seconds night evening, not willing to spend the whole day on legs we booked two…


Tavada Restaurant in Baku

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Tavada restaurant is another fine example fo great Azerbaijani cuisine and service. Located on Mardanov Brothers street this place serves fine Azerbaijani and European cuisine. Discovered in early August 2019, during a weekend trip to Baku. Kid friendly - got a baby chair for our 13-month old daughter + asked to make mashed potatoes for her Mashed potatoes especially for babies Lovely Dolma with a yogurt sauce If there is a reason to visit Azerbaijan, then it' s because of Dolma…


Nergiz Restaurant in Baku

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Nergiz restaurant is located on Fountain Square in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and let me name it as of the best Baku restaurants.  Discovered in early August, during my birthday trip to Baku.  Just like another excellent Baku restaurant Dolma, Nergiz also is located in a basement.  Dolma at Nergiz restaurant If there is a reason to visit Azerbaijan, then it's because of Dolma. The best Dolma I've tried so far. And I love Dolma. Kebab at restaurant Nergiz…


Baku Old City

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Old City or Inner City is the historic core of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls which were easily defended. The Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We visited Baku in early August 2019 to discover Baku Old city and many other goodies of Azerbaijan. Maiden Tower in Baku The Maiden…


Maiden Tower in Baku

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The Maiden Tower is a 12th-century monument in the Old City, Baku, Azerbaijan. Along with the Shirvanshahs' Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms a group of historic monuments listed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property, Category III. It is one of Azerbaijan's most distinctive national emblems, and is thus featured on Azeri currency notes and official letterheads. We visited Baku in early August 2019 to discover Maidan tower at the…


Baku by night

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I had a chance to explore a little bit from Baku by night after we returned to our hotel room in Flames Tower from a lovely Azerbaijani cuisine restaurant Dolma in early August 2019. Night photography is one of my favorite topics, and so I raised the ISO level a bit and made some candid street photography in Baku.  From our short walking distance I was surprised there are many International World brands featured in Baku, like Hard rock cafe or Paul. Not to speak about McDonalds Hard rock…


Fairmont Baku hotel at Flame Towers

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Located in the Flame Towers Complex, just a 3-minute walk from the famous Martyrs' Alley, 5-star Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features picturesque views of Baku City or Caspian Sea. We booked a two-night stay at Fairmont Baku in early August, during my birthday trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, for a two-day stay we paid USD 349, which I believe is the lowest amount of money we have paid for a luxury stay at 5-star hotel ever.  Top 14 Luxury 5-star hotels in Baku, Azerbaijan For the money paid we got…


Dolma restaurant in Baku

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Dolma restaurant is located on M.Rasulzada street 8 in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and is named as of the best Baku restaurants. This  restaurant was a recommendation from a Tripadvisor, we got here from our hotel room in Flames Tower using Bolt Taxi application At first, it was hard to find this place, as the restaurant is actually located in a basement, which actually is more like a dungeon Restaurant Dolma in Baku I barely noticed the signboard among the many…


Baku Boulevard

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Baku Boulevard also is known as National Park is a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront. Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a time when Baku oil barons built their mansions along the Caspian shore and when the seafront was artificially built up inch by inch. I first visited Baku on August 2019, and Baku boulevard was our first stop after arriving at Baku Railway station. To get here we caught a street taxi The park stretches along a south-facing bay…