Baku is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern.  There is plenty to admire from its 15thcentury walled city to the stunning glass-fronted 21st century skyscrapers.  It is a pleasant, easy place to live. The climate is good with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.  If you like winter sports then there are ski resorts only a couple of hours travel away from the city.  Baku has excellent transport networks with the Metro and buses covering the entire city and making moving around easy.  Supermarkets are in abundance and fresh produce is plentiful in season.  You can buy almost anything you desire although it may not be your favourite home brand.

There are many cafés and restaurants offering a wide variety of international cuisine and prices are generally very reasonable.  Shopping is good and designer labels are matched by the very affordable clothes in the magaza.

Medical care is good with a wide range of choices and English is widely spoken.

Baku has plenty of green spaces with the lovely Bulvar Park fronting the Caspian Sea as the jewel in the crown.