Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Fine wines flow freely all over the South Caucasus. Georgia claims to be the place where the wine grape originated, while Armenia and Azerbaijan offer their own traditions of wine and wine-making. Read More



Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

The Megrelian people of western Georgia are rightfully proud of their food. Hot, spicy and varied, Megrelian cuisine has been handed down through the generations since the time of the Kingdom of Colchis. More is better here: hotter, creamier, saltier. Read More




July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

On July 20, 1969, a tiny space capsule containing two American men landed on the moon. Six hours later, the world watched as astronaut Neil Armstrong set his lunar-boot-clad foot onto the moon’s surface. No one alive at the time can forget that live broadcast, the astronauts’ jerky, bouncing movements, their crackling static-y voices and the mind-boggling knowledge that right that very moment, people were walking... Read More


GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

In 1978, a newly-formed UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the first 12 World Heritage Sites. On June 25, 2014, as the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee ended, the number of protected sites hit – and passed – the 1,000 mark. This year 26 new sites were named to the list. Five of them are in MIR’s destination countries. Read More



San Francisco Silk Road

San Francisco Silk Road

Headlined by an article about world traveler and extreme chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” this travel insert to the San Francisco Chronicle also features an engaging article on the Silk Road, one of MIR’s core destinations.“Bourdain delivers travel gems as a prelude to tantalizing details–and the unspoken reminder that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. The natural remedy is to travel and to discover certain principles that broaden your worldview forevermore once you’ve returned home.” A modern traveler can only imagine what the Silk Road was like in its heyday in the early years of the last millennium, but so much remains in Central Asia of that era that your imagination can fill in the details fairly accurately. You can’t help but imagine lines of camels making their grumpy, flat-footed way over the scraggly hills from watering hole to wateringaaaRead More