Day 4. We crossed straight from the north (Lahic in the Caucasusian mountains) to the south (border with Iran). The landscape changed from mountainous to the steppes and back to the mountains again. 4 hours and you are in Iran. We drive to the border crossing (here, a pedestrian bridge, which Azerbaijani who require no visa cross daily to buy goods in Iran and sell it for some profit in the Azerbaijani part of Astara (a town existing in both, Iran and Azerbaijan)). Lahic in Caucuses was probably the highlight of our mountain stays in the past three days. Amazing wild hikes through spring blooming valleys lusciously covered in blue and yellow flowers, crisp air, occasional shepherds on the way (some on foot, like this boy here, some on horses) - we agreed that this is the village to stay a bit longer at the next time. After buying a few antique items (a carpet for me and an old copper bowl for Mark), we got in the car and drove through amazingly quickly changing landscapes. The roads (mainly) are all of a European quality. In four hours we were next to Iran with a quick stop at a road restaurant (pictured here) where for 4 Euro per person we had amazing lentil soups, salads and greens (they always serve cilantro, tarragon, dill and green onions), a lamb kebab and a samovar of tea with four different jams (including my favorite fig and rose). The border we expected more of. It looked and fell like a tight and dirty corridor of people going in (empty) and coming out (with big plastic bags). We caught a glimpse of the Caspian Sea and drove on to overnight in Lankaran. A quick hike in the mountains Lerik tomorrow and then we end it in Baku for a few days stay.
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