Land of fire

This was a fleeting visit to an oil-rich country on the shores of the Caspian Sea, following visits to its neighbours in the Caucasus, Armenia and Georgia.

Azerbaijan boasts a showpiece capital in Baku, with contemporary architecture and wide, pleasant boulevards.

Outside of Baku, the country boasts fortresses, ancient rock carvings and plumes of fire from the earth.

But the landscape is sometimes barren and unforgiving, while the opulence and modernity of Baku doesn’t extend much beyond the city.

Here’s what I saw…

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