Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More


Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

With bounteous food, rivers of wine, sophisticated museums, historic architecture, cutting-edge restaurants, and Soviet chic, Tbilisi, Georgia, has most everything you could ask for in a destination. Growing more popular and “discoverable” with every travel season, Georgia’s capital city is ripe for the picking. Here are 10 reasons to discover Tbilisi before everyone else does. Read More


3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

MIR Vice President Annie Lucas has traveled the world, and declares Georgia – an undiscovered travel gem of a country in the South Caucasus – her favorite place in the world. In this video, Annie shares why she designed a small group tour for MIR that highlights so many cultural and culinary treasures of gorgeous Georgia. Read More


Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

We love the spirit of Georgia, and over three decades of experience crafting tours to this compelling country in the South Caucasus have gained an insider's knowledge of what to do, see, eat, and drink while you're here. That's why we created a special culinary and culture-focused small group tour dedicated exclusively to Georgia called A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture. Designed by MIR Vice President, Annie Lucas (who's fallen in love with Georgia over her many visits to the region), the tour celebrates the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans, and musicians. In our newest video, Annie shares her reasons to travel to the gorgeous Republic of Georgia, all of which you can experience on A Taste of Georgia. Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: The August Coup, 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: The August Coup, 1991

It's been 28 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We're marking the anniversary with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. This installment is from Annie Lucas, then tour manager and now MIR’s vice president. She was leading one of her first few MIR tours to Russia. In her early 20s, she had done this several times before, but it was still new to her. And on this trip, her own father (Bud Lucas, who kindly let us use his photos) had signed up to be one of the participants, making it even more important to her that the trip go smoothly. As Annie and her group of travelers packed for the coach ride into Russia, they heard the news on Finnish TV: Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, was said to be ill and confined to his dacha. A State of Emergency had been declared and an Emergency Committee formed to take the reins of government while he was recovering. That was all anybody knew. Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR Vice President Annie Lucas shares her insider tips on what to see, do, eat, and drink in the gorgeous Republic of Georgia. Tucked into the South Caucasus region, the little country of Georgia is a gorgeous place boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Read More


Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

On a recent business trip to Georgia, MIR Vice President Annie Lucas made a stop at an unassuming village that turned out to be a delightfully authentic travel experience. Making an unscheduled stop at the Phoka Nunnery in the tiny village of Phoka gave us just the sort of spontaneous experience that travelers like me hope for. Read More