Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge. Feasts are like meals on steroids. Read More




South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More


Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

A proud independent spirit, a long tradition of lavish hospitality and an abundance of Nature’s gifts combine to make the Georgian people fabulous hosts, imaginative chefs, creative artists and open-hearted friends. Where else in the world can you... Read More


A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

MIR’s very own copywriter, Mariana Noble, is traveling on the inaugural departure of our A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture small group tour as we speak. She left a few days ago and has some delightful snapshots to share. The most mouth-watering dispatch so far is above: a shot of the dinner table at the beginning of a Georgian feast. She reported, “By the end, there were dozens more dishes on the table – they just kept coming.” Read More


MIR Receives Two Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly

MIR Receives Two Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly

MIR is proud to share some pretty exciting news – our new website, launched just this year, has been awarded a Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Award, the premier award given by the travel industry to professionals. The 2014 catalog netted a Silver Award as well. Read More


Food Fare: Georgian Faves

Food Fare: Georgian Faves

The complex cuisine of Georgia varies by region, ingredients, and spices. Here's a taste of Georgia, with some of MIR staffers' favorite dishes. Read More


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


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