Sunday, July 31, 2016

Patrick & Colleen recently visited the three ancient and exotic countries south of the Caucasus mountains. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia were until 1991 part of the Soviet Union and off-limits to foreigners. Each country has a unique culture and a fascinating history but are little known due to their secret life behind the Iron Curtain. Azerbaijan is one of the world’s largest oil producers (a hundred years ago almost all of the world’s oil came from Azerbaijan). The population is Shia Muslim. Georgia was recently invaded by Russia and a third of the country is still under Russian occupation. It is very poor and its main source of income is tourism from Russia! Georgians follow the Orthodox faith. Armenia was the first Christian country in the world. The symbol of Armenia is Mount Ararat (where Moses landed after the flood) which is temporarily not in Armenia. Armenia is Apostolic and whilst Patrick & Colleen were there, Pope Francis came to do homage to Armenia.
Patrick will describe where they went, what they saw and, most importantly, what they ate.

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Our next meeting for this year will be held on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 1.30pm at
Meadowbank Community Centre, 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank

Patrick Edwards will give a talk on his recent visit to Azebaijan, Georgia and Armenia and will be showing pictures on screen. 
See attachment for more information.

Please bring along friends and neighbours to hear this interesting talk.
Afternoon tea will be served
New members are always welcome
Registration costs NZCA members  $2.00   Non members  $3.00   (to cover hall hire and afternoon tea)
A raffle will be held during the afternoon   -   $1.00 per ticket or $2.00 for 3 tickets  (no obligation to purchase)

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