Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

Douglas Grimes and Annie Lucas, MIR's President and Vice President, had the privilege of being aboard the inaugural journey of the first western private train allowed into Iran. A round trip journey from Budapest to Tehran and back aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, this was a first-of-its-kind itinerary and an historic undertaking. Read More



Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

With bounteous food, rivers of wine, sophisticated museums, historic architecture, cutting-edge restaurants, and Soviet chic, Tbilisi, Georgia, has most everything you could ask for in a destination. Growing more popular and “discoverable” with every travel season, Georgia’s capital city is ripe for the picking. Here are 10 reasons to discover Tbilisi before everyone else does. Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR Vice President Annie Lucas shares her insider tips on what to see, do, eat, and drink in the gorgeous Republic of Georgia. Tucked into the South Caucasus region, the little country of Georgia is a gorgeous place boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Read More


Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

On a recent business trip to Georgia, MIR Vice President Annie Lucas made a stop at an unassuming village that turned out to be a delightfully authentic travel experience. Making an unscheduled stop at the Phoka Nunnery in the tiny village of Phoka gave us just the sort of spontaneous experience that travelers like me hope for. Read More



Postcard from Annie: It’s all in the details on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train

Postcard from Annie: It’s all in the details on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train

Doug Grimes, MIR Founder and President, and I loved our trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train; we rode the Iran portion of the 2014 inaugural Jewels of Persia itinerary, which runs between Budapest, Hungary and Tehran, Iran. Read More


South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More