Monday, June 17, 2013

Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria and Italian Rai Uno TV Channel

My friend and colleague

Marina  Gorelova, the most reliable French-speaking guide
 to  Elbrus and other extreme adventures

invited me to accompany a group of great Italian travelers and documentary films makers from Italian Rai Uno TV channel as interpreter.

The group was shooting a film about Caucasian republics, including Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ossetia-Alania, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia, united by the project “Overland”.

Philippe, the head of the project

The aim of the project is to get Italian spectators acquainted with beautiful places in Caucasus, meet ordinary people and their healthy lifestyles, penetrate into authentic culture of people, living in this vast area.

Roberto, the cameraman

We met the group on the border between Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria, with beautiful wild fields around the post.

Normally, in a clear weather in summer Elbrus looks greatly.

The morning of the next day after arrival was cloudy. So was Elbrus.

We took the ski lift on the mount Cheget

area for extreme skiing, close to Elbrus

On the ski lift

rhododendrons in blossom under our feet

The group is waiting when Elbrus will open itself, in vain

In accordance with the Overland project, we visited local villages

studied, how slender and silent young Balkarian women

their excellent and healthy food

took pictures of people and their kids

and travelled by the rocky road to heaven

on the Russian jeep ‘Niva’

Life is good and challenging!

It smells with wild freshness and honey of the beauty.

Do you live like we do?

With challenge?..

Natalia Levis-Fox

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