Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden in plain sight in a Central Asian desert, once-banned Soviet paintings of a time gone by are treasured and preserved at the Savitsky Museum in remote Nukus, Uzbekistan. The story of how they got here is the stuff of movies – literally. Read More



1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 was a year of violence, freedom, and bravery in such places as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. The Baltics were no exception; it's now more than 25 years since the "Hands Across the Baltics" led to independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Read More


MIR Spotlight: Katya Boyarskaya

MIR Spotlight: Katya Boyarskaya

MIR’s Katya Boyarskaya was destined to take the stage, born into the legacy of a prominent Russian theatrical family in St. Petersburg. But Katya’s stage is far beyond a theater interior: it’s the world stage of travel, beginning in Soviet times. Katya shares her struggles and successes to do what she loves most. Read More


MIR Client Spotlight: Sketching the South Caucasus

MIR Client Spotlight: Sketching the South Caucasus

MIR travelers Ned and Marilyn Livingston love exploring the sights of the world, with Ned sketching them along the way. Here he shares some favorite drawings of their South Caucasus tour, and a favorite encounter as well. Read More




Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Georgia in the South Caucasus is known for sawtoothed mountains, great wines, and fresh bread - lots of bread! MIR's Tour Manager Devin Connolly offers her favorite Georgian mouth-watering breads, including cheese-filled khachapuri. Read More


Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Good fortune comes to those born in the “Year of the Horse.” So says the Chinese calendar with its 12 revolving signs of the zodiac, each one reigning for a year. In 2014, it’s the horse that’s taking the reins as Chinese New Year welcomed the "Year of the Horse" on January 31st. And what a great sign to be born under: these horses we ride, take into battle, and love as our best four-legged friends. Read More