Today we went sailing on the old Donau, which is effectively more like a little lake. I like sailing with my dad in tiny boats and apparently my wife now does, too. πŸ˜€

We went for a run through the Prater park, saw a doe, nearly stepped on a snake and then we went to the art history museum. Vienna has so many wonderful museums. Might as well enjoy the fruits of a thousand years of war, plunder and suffering. We started in the Greek, Roman and Egypt sections. We could spend a few days, here.

Hiking with my dad and my wife in the hills above the ruins of castle DΓΌrnstein where Richard the Lionheart had been kept prisoner.

We went running/hiking in the Swiss Jura: from Weissenstein to Frinvillier, which is part of a long hike through the entire Jura. The Jura is a small mountain chain north of the Alps stretching into France. At the beginning the weather was terrible but we knew that we’d be arriving right after the tempest – and so it was.

Another church, another cathedral, another fresco, more tourists, temperatures of 33Β°C at 16:30, and it feels much hotter out in the sun. I think I need a shower and some sleep before dinner.

We’re in western Georgia, now. They still drive like crazy. We saw a car accident today. The traffic jam went kn and on. Soon, they were overtaking like crazy again.
Pictures from a very old settlement that used to be underground, dug into the sandstone, but most of the thing collapsed during an earthquake in the 1920s. Also the floodplain below.

More old churches, and bridges in need of repair. I love how the smoke of incense and candles gather up above and the light fall in through the oculus or the windows is made visible. Such magic in that.

Up in the north of Georgia. old churches, mountains, artificial skiing resorts (no village to speak of, but a big hotel every 100 to 200m. Very strange. Sadly I did not take a picture of the meandering rivers in their little flood plains.

More pictures of Tbilisi – again, looking away from the bustling tourist areas, the water fountains, the green parks, the women singing in old churches, the coffee houses and luxury stores. These are the backyards within a few hundred meters of our hotel.
Sadly, no pictures allowed inside the church while service is ongoing. It breaks my heart to see grown people cry.

The sun is very bright and it’s hard to take decent pictures in Georgia. And it’s very hot, too. Many tourists in Tbilisi.

Beauty and decay in the far north of Armenia, where copper mines ruin the landscape and deindustrialisation has reduced the population by half.

More churches in remote places. And a long drive back along the old trade routes, sometimes collectively called The Silk Route.

The cascades of Yerevan, the Geghard Monastery, the pagan temple of Garni – I like Armenia.

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