Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More




A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

The David Gareja monastery complex, on Georgia’s southeastern border with Azerbaijan, is a long-established site of great significance for Georgians. Founded in the 6th century, the complex is still active today and features numerous cells carved straight into the bare rock face. These caves function as living quarters, refectories, chapels, libraries and rooms for instruction and silent meditation. Read More



Yerevan’s Cascade: Armenia’s Beacon of Art and Design

Yerevan’s Cascade: Armenia’s Beacon of Art and Design

Right in the heart of Yerevan stands a towering monument of art and design built into the northern slope of the city. It is called the Cascade, and it's home to the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. The monument is comprised of a series of escalators and exterior stairs that “cascade” down from the Monument neighborhood to the lower Kentron district near Yerevan’s Opera House. There is remarkable art to behold at several levels along the journey. But this ambitious project seemed like a distant dream for decades before its completion. Read More



Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Feline-obsessed visitors to St. Petersburg now have one more stop to add to their itinerary: Russia's first cat cafe. The cat cafe concept is spreading all over the world. With origins in crowded Asian cities like Taipei and Tokyo, the “cat rental” business idea has taken root in smaller urban centers like Boston and Budapest. Read More


A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

The Armenian women’s a cappella group, Ensemble Luis, are known to give performances at the Temple of Garni, the nearby Geghard Monastery and the Khor Virap Monastery with a view of Mount Ararat. All three sites are ideal backdrops for their heavenly voices. Read More