( CNN) Out on the periphery of Europe, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a country shrouded in mystery.

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Sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains to the north, the Black Sea to the west and dry deserts to the south, this small country, which borders Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey, is not only a crossroads of cultures, but has a wealth of spectacular sceneries.

Until recently, many would have struggled to place the country of Georgia on the map( or at least mistake it for the U.S. state of the same name ), but it's speedily becoming one of Europe's hottest new destinations.


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