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Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia » Gori May 20th 2014

Dieser Tag war nicht gerade erfreulich. 6-30 Frühstück, 7.30 Abfahrt. Regen. Ich bin mit der Gruppe bis zur Grenze nach Aserbeidjan mitgefahren, habe mich dann von allen verabschiedet. Und dann war ich allein. Regen hatte aufgehört- da ich heute fast den ganzen Tag auf Landstraßen war, fielen mir neue Sachen auf: ungeheure Anzahl an Mercedes - durchschnittlich drei von 10 PKW sind Mercedes. Dabei sind die Häuser durchwegs grauslich. Viele Häuser stehen leer, verfallen. Die anderen sind in so schlechtem Zustand, dass ich mich nur wundern kann, dass da jemand wohnt. Viele Wohnhäuser aus der Sowjet-Zeit sind Vandalismus zum Opfer gefallen, die Ruinen stehen allenthalben. Es gibt auch viele Kleinlaster, mit deutschen Aufschriften: Blumen Logistik, Wir liefern auch Sonntags (was???), ein Kölner Dachdecker kann sein Auto hier sehen usw. Auf der Autobahn ist das bisher nicht ... read more
LKWs aus Europa
auch aus Europa
Blick zum Kaukasus

Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia » Gori May 13th 2014

9 May. Gori, the town where Stalin was born. And we were here on Georgia's Victory day, a public holiday. The truck was parked across from Stalin's museum which we made our first stop, waiting for an English guide to take us through. She spoke fast with a heavy accent and in a voice that brooked no questions. It was very one-sided which was surprising to me but shouldn't have been: the town was very much still pro-Stalin. When the tour finished we walked through again at a slower pace but I don't feel like I learnt much that I didn't already know. Another church, then the fortress. I was hot and flustered and having to shop for dinner and getting ripped off didn't help matters. Back on the truck I slept and after a few ... read more
Adding some sparkle to Stalin's house
Stalin's train carriage
His death mask

Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia » Gori August 12th 2009

2 Pages of pictures again! In 1878 Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (იოსებ ბესარიონის ძე ჯუღაშვილი) was born in the Georgian town of Gori (გორი). He went from being a theological student to being Stalin, quite a turn around! Knowing there was a museum dedicated to his life, we decided Gori had to be on our itinerary for this trip and prayed that Russia decided not to do anything stupid around the anniversary of last year's war. Our prayers were answered so we dragged our rucksacks up to Didude marshrutka station again and looked for buses to Gori. This time we were going somewhere we could pronounce so there was no need to have it written down in Georgian script. At the station we were offered a ride in a shared taxi for less than £2 each ... read more
Trish and Stalin!!
Stalin's birthplace
Stalin Museum

Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia » Gori April 6th 2007

Driving through some mountain pass for hours we made it to lonely desolate Bakuriani, apparently a very popular skiing area in Georgia but since winter season is just over hardly anybody is here and there is a feeling of desolation. We have a homestay for 2 nights and we have to entertain ourselves, some people went skiing including Nigel for the first time it was dirt cheap, cost them i think 5 dollars all in all for all day's worth, and some did some walk in town like me, the landscape is a mix of beautiful scenery and rural setting. Jean cooked a good Easter meal for us and it was delicious and she made it despite the fact that there was no water for awhile as one of the main pipes in town burst, ... read more

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