We're in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on the first day of a month-long trip in the TransCaucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Svaneti, and Armenia. Baku, from what we've seen so far, is an attractive city: large, nicely situated on the Caspian Sea, hypermodern from oil wealth, with a sizable and well-preserved Old Town, and remarkably clean. These few photos are from a few hours of wandering around by ourselves before the tour actually starts. Lots more to come.
Two of the famous Flame Buildings, seen through Old Town balconies
Shop front in Old Town
Section of the old city walls
View from the walls down into the extensive park that runs along the Caspian