Old Town Baku is the traditional silk road city with its caravansary, where the caravans stopped, and people rested and traded. There were also the docks on the Caspian Sea where goods were off loaded from Turkistan and the Volga delta to the north for transshipment across the isthmus between the Caspian and Black seas. At least one caravansary has been converted into a restaurant, where each trading stall has become a semi private dining room opening to a courtyard with a fountain and musicians. On a separate post you can see the array of carpets and metal pots for sale and the Shah’s palace set in the old town. You can also click here to read my 2004 letter from Baku.