The barely touched Soviet-era infrastructure is a mechanical freak-show; a putrefying worm on a rusty hook for tourists travelling through the Caucasus region.
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For a Europe-jaded traveller such as myself, this is the perfect find. It is the quieter, lesser-known side of the continent.
Feasts of food and wine ensure you will rarely leave a table without swaying.
His statues may have been melted down and his name wiped from many maps, but there is one place devoted to remembering Joseph Stalin.
Expect the unexpected when you venture to the ancient Caucasus, writes Isobel King.
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