Category Archive: Georgia

Aug 16 2013

Georgia: conclusion and tips

11 days; 2 hikes and 1 trek; 9 churches and monasteries; 1 dictator; Tons of kinkalis 🙂 What I liked MOST Breathtaking landscapes and mountains; We did not understand people but they were very nice! Local food; Tbilisi; Svan towers; What I liked LEAST Woman’s dress code inside churches (hair covered and sometimes trousers are …

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Aug 16 2013

Tbilisi

Tbilisi is one of the most interesting cities that I have visited lately. It has a good location, between Mtkvari River and the hills, and an interesting blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. At night you are never far from places to eat or have a drink with friends, with a good vibe. These bar- …

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Aug 15 2013

Kazbegi

Georgians have the ability to choose the location for their churches very well and Tsminda Sameba Church is no exception. This XIVth century church, built at 2.200m and with the imposing Mt Kazbek (5.047m) behind, is just SPECTACULAR and it has become the symbol of the country. It seems that its “inaccessibility” was used to …

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Aug 14 2013

A little bit of Stalin

Gori is an interesting place to spend one day or two. In this city Joseph Stalin (1.879-1.953) was born and raised. Locals seem not to care about it (or maybe they are not very proud of it) but there is no doubt that all tourists stop here basically for him. Stalin was the son of …

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Aug 13 2013

Georgian food

Georgia has interesting local dishes. The most original one is khachapuri, a kind of cheese pie  made in different ways, depending on the region. The most common khachapuri is khachapuri acharuli, a large boat-shaped pie with melted cheese inside and topped with butter and a runny egg. Perfect for weight watchers, 🙂 My favorite dishes …

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Aug 12 2013

Trek through Upper Svaneti

Mestia is surrounded by many 5.000 mountains which are the “real” border between Europe and Asia. At the foot of these mountains, some typical villages offer a very picturesque landscape. We left Mestia early in the morning for a three days trek through Upper Svaneti. The real starting point of the trek was the village …

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Aug 09 2013

Svaneti

Svaneti is a remote area in Caucasus, so remote that even Soviets did not touch it. That allowed locals to keep intact their culture, traditions and even their own language (the Svan). The biggest conglomeration in Svaneti is Mestia, where we arrived after 6 adventurous hours by marshrutky from Zugdidi. Mestia is a cute “town” …

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Aug 07 2013

From church to church

Early in the morning we left Tbilisi direction to Great Caucasus, in the north. Although we were very keen to put our trekking boots on, mountains had to wait for a while because there were some interesting things to visit along the road.  First stop was Mtskheta, Georgia’s spiritual heart and capital city of Georgia …

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Aug 06 2013

Day trip to Davit Gareja

After one day discovering Tbilissi, the city capital of Georgia, the following day we hired a private car + driver to do a day trip to Davit Gareja. Davit Gareja is an ensemble of monasteries, most of them inside natural caves, spread over a remote area on the border with Azerbaijan. Its lunar landscape and architecture are very …

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