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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 12th 2013

Monday morning was a good time to move on to my next destination. So it is good bye to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and my satellite navigation was set for the Georgian border town of Kazbegi to the north. The estimated distance was 100 miles, so that would take the best part of a day to travel. I was happy to leave the hustle and bustle of the Georgian capital for the mountainous town of Kazbegi. The thought of peace and quiet and the lovely smell of an over-heated engine were just irresistible. Left the hotel at around 9 am and followed the directions to the road north. The plan was to drive Kazbegi by late afternoon, find a place to stay overnight and then head for the Georgian/Russian border the following morning. Sure enough, ... read more
Sunset in Kazbegi

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 11th 2013

The second day in Tbilisi was a Sunday and the Georgian capital was quieter with slightly less traffic on the road. I wanted to explore the city on foot and spend a lot of time just walking around. I wanted to see more of the capital from above so I headed for the cable car that takes tourists from the city to a fortress high up on the hill. The view from the cable car is just spectacular. I can understand why the Georgians built their capital here, it had a long river (Mtkvari river) and mountains. Enjoy the pictures of Tbilisi. One of my favourite dish in Georgia is a chicken soup (, it was delicious, but very salty. I had to drink a gallon of water afterwards.... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 10th 2013

Sat 10th August 2013 - Tbilisi, Georgian capital Spend most of the morning looking through the local antiques market, didn't buy anything except I spotted an electrical plug that converted a 3 pin into the local 2 pin socket. Now I can re-charge my laptop and mobile from the hotel. I had thought about cycling in Tbilisi, but then I had a good look to see if there were any cyclist on the road and there was none. I had concluded that there no cyclist because it was either too dangerous, or those Georgians that did attempted to cycle were now in Heaven. I decided to play it safe and not cycle. Had a good walk around the old part of Tbilisi before returning for the hotel. In the evening, I returned and found some more ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 8th 2013

Thur 8-9th of August 2013 Hopa, Turkey to Batumi, then Tbilisi Georgia Woke up early to have breakfast, so that I can head for the border town of Sarp before it gets hot in the morning. There was already a long queue for Georgia. Many more were crossing the border as foot passengers. It was easy for them as there was no need for visa for the Turks and there is no vehicle to check. For me the process took a bit longer and they checked my car over very thoroughly. After nearly one and a half hour, I was in Gerogia. I stopped to change my money to Georgian money and then drove to a place near Butami, a resort on the Black sea. Something funny happened at the hotel. At the restaurant, the staff ... read more
The view of the Black sea (again)
Border crossing between Turkey and Georgia

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 4th 2013

We thought the drama on the bus from Thesseloniki to Istanbul would be hard to top but we were unfortunately wrong. The bus drive from Istanbul to Tbilisi is very chaotic. We have no idea what the drama is about but there are a lot of people screaming at each other, a few tears and an intimidated attendee trying to keep the peace. We try to sleep but the man near us starts thrashing around violently. We jump up to help him, thinking he is having a heart attack but he eventually comes around and explains that he suffers from bad night terrors. He falls asleep again and during another episode his neighbour accidently gets a good punch in the face. The bus ride is supposed to take twenty five hours but ends up taking thirty ... read more


Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi April 19th 2013

Dragoman - first group in April... read more
Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral

Asia » Georgia January 18th 2013

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda November 13th 2012

Georgia, the adventures continue in Shilda Mik and Aaron's village is in the far east almost on thr Russian border but it was a very nice drive through more beautiful countryside and the mini bus which was our metrushka was almost empty as it was mid-week (weekends are apparently packed! Sometimes even with chickens for busmates). Georgians seem to take pride in their roads and most areas had well planned tree lined arbours throughout most of the drive east, it was almost romantic seeing huge old trees holding eachothers branches across the passageway of the roads. When we arrived I was quite the spectacle with my giant backpack walking all the way through town. We almost immediately met a tiny old lady who funnily enough spoke English - M &A said they had not met anyone ... read more
Shilda classroom

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi November 9th 2012

It all began with an early early wake up in Prague, a bus, a long wait at airport, a plane to Minsk. Minsk airport with its 'no maning of the transfer desk and basically no order or clue was an adventure in itself. As was waiting there for 7 hours without food, water or anyone who spoke English.... But finally we all boarded the plane to Georgia...where in the cue I met my first Georgian man. He blatently stared at me for a good 10-15mins while the cue went no where and I got the giggles as he was being completely ridiculous. Eventutually he grabbed the girl he was with, put her in front of me and then shoved his hand on her face and said "my friend, not girlfriend, definately not girlfriend (she squirmed out ... read more
On top of the world...

Asia » Georgia » Western Georgia » Vardzia November 6th 2012

Resumo: tirando milhões de fotos; viajando nas idéias; estou bem! Sabe aqueles lugares que você não pára de dizer "Uaw!"? Que você não para de tirar fotos? Pois é, este lugar foi Vardzia, ao sul da Geórgia. Visitei este lugar não esperando muita coisa... Bom, este é o segredo para deixar muita coisa melhor: não esperar muito. Mas escrevo este post não para falar do lugar em si (não que não mereça), mas sim para descrever aqui alguns questionamentos que tive ao visitar este complexo de cavernas. Será que eu também não vivo através das sombras projetadas? Aqui muitos poderiam pensar que eu sou o prisioneiro que consegue se libertar, escalar o muro e ver o Mundo, a Natureza. Mas ainda tenho dúvidas se tudo o que eu vejo, tudo que eu estou vivenciando não são ... read more
A place call Vardzia

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