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Asia » Georgia » Adjara » Batumi September 8th 2019

We left the mountains for a long drive to Batumi. Situated on the Black Sea coast, Batumi is 20km from the Turkish border and is Georgia’s 2nd largest city. We arrived in the late afternoon, and one of the first things I noticed was the number of casino's in town. Later, someone told me Batumi is the ‘Las Vegas' of Georgia. We went for a hunt for some real coffee as soon as we got there, and had a mediocre cappuccino (but we did find a cute kitty cat). We had dinner with half our group at a fantastic restaurant on the water – the sunset was nice shade of pink and, randomly, fireworks started in the evening. It was a nice introduction to Batumi. The next day, our Intrepid guide Tamta did a city tour ... read more
Batumi Catherderal
Batumi beach
Europa square

Asia » Georgia September 4th 2019

We departed Tbilisi in the morning to make our way to Mtskheta, Georgia's former capital. The city is known for its churches, the city being the spiritual heart of Georgia since christianity was established in the area around 337 AD. The interesting thing about Georgian orthodox churches is that women need to cover their hair like in a mosque. We visited the Jvari church which overlooks the city on top of a hill. We then went to the Svetitskhoveli Catherderal, which dates back to the 11th century. It is an enormous complex, and Christ's robe is said to be buried beneath the central nave. Markets surround the complex as well, so its a nice little walk around the markets picking up souvenirs and snacks along the way, including Churchkhela, a candke-shaped sweet of walnuts or hazelnuts ... read more
Jvari church, Mtskheta
Jvari church
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtsketa

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District August 30th 2019

We departed Sheki for the Georgian border early on Sunday morning (which happened to be Bill's birthday!) Our leader Balash was a very good leader, shook all our hands individually and left us at the Azerbaijani- Georgian border where its approximatley a 700m walk to Georgia. We met our new leader, Tamari, on the Georgian side and were taken go our homemade lunch in the Kakheti region (which happens to be wine region). We feasted on delicious Geogian food and sampled homemade chacha, a vodka-type spirit made from grape skins. Afterward we visited a traditional winery where the wine is produced using the traditional methods of fermenting the wine underground in claypots, the wine prodded with a rake type implement and skins, stems and all thrown in which gives the white wine an amber colour. The ... read more
Traditional Georgian drinking horn
Sighnaghi fortress
Sighnaghi

Asia » Georgia August 2nd 2019

Tak ako o irane i o gruzinsku som pocuval chvalu na extra priatelskych ludi, lahky stop, genialne jedlo a famozne hory. Po mojej skusenosti vsak mozem suhlasit iba s poslednym menovanim. Ludia boli normalny, nic extra, ze by mal z toho clovek padat na zadok. Stop uplne nahovno (no ludia co som stopol uplne super) ale zas mozno som bol na zlych trasach (i ked hlavny tah do ruska asi zla trasa nebude), jedlo vsetko vsade rovnake, v kazdej restike sa tocilo 5-6 jedal. Clovek mal problem najst neaku tu zmenu. Co ma vsak uplne dostalo boli hory, kvoli nim sa isto este do tejto krajiny vratim, bo som si dal len ozaj len par trekov. Doprava v krajine bezproblemova vdaka marsutkam (minibusy). Dalsie prekvapenie pre mna bolo, vsade pritomne eu vlajky. Ale zas eu vlajky ... read more

Asia » Georgia July 31st 2019

V noci riadne prsalo t.j. moje cerstvo oprate ponozky sa cez noc nevysusili ale este viac sa namokrili. Osadenstvo z ubytka odchadza. Ang chalan sam, cinan spolu s ukrajinkou (?) Do batumi. Ja nakonec nejdem na daytrip do druheho mesta ale zostavam tu. Presun do parku, tu do seba hodene ranajky (pecivo plnene fazulou) a len sedenie na lavicke a sledovanie ludi. Zvacsa samy dochodci. Ti len sedeli a debatovali. Pri nefunkcnej lanovke kupena pohladnica pre anu, s ktorou vcera pred spankom zaujmavy pokec ale i tak z toho nist nebude. Pohladnicu tentoraz posielam z mini posty. Tu si treba vytlacit listok s poradovym cislom Bohuzial celu prevadzku zabrzdili dvaja chlapici co mali nestandartnu poziadavku (chceli daky vypis). Situacia rovnaka ako u nas na dedinach, postarka bola v koncoch. Druha to radsej vzdala a sla asi ... read more

Asia » Georgia July 30th 2019

Rano sa budim uz o 6.30. v noci prisli dalsi 3noclaznici ani som ich nezaregistroval. Stretko s egyptom a nem je naplanovane az na 9.00 Oddych a tlacenie do seba jedla v parku. Prichadza taxi, hned mi sam od seba dava ponuku 150l za stary mercedes. Nemka prichadza nacas, egypt meska 10min. Nemka nam prinasa ranajky. Egyp je nakonec dobra pica, uz vcera sa mi nepozdavala. Dava mi adresu poliakov. Mame sa stretnut u nich na ubytku. Objedavam premierovo bolta. Vodic uplny motak, cca 20m pred nami odbaca do druhej ulicky a zbytocne obieha dva bloky. Po nasadnuti, zrazu egypt zacina menit nas ciel. Vraj vcera sme sa dohodli, ze pojdeme od bus stanice, pritom poliaci jej poslali ine instrukcie s ktorymi suhlasila. Vodic ang nevi a je uplne strateny a to ma navigaciu pod nosom. ... read more

Asia » Georgia July 29th 2019

Pomale vymotanie sa z ubytka a opat rovnaky smer ako vcera len s tym, ze dnes otestujem blizsiu plaz v kvariati. Ranajky volim sladke, pri katedrale v cukrarni si davam zakusok a kapucino. To slabucke. Vonku cakacka na marsutku c.88 resp c.33. Druha menovana prisla skorej. Cul sa mi isol flek na sedenie. Cesta ubehla rychlo. Vacsina minibusov ma vypisany aj cennik, tak zadne ojeby ako v skurvenom irane. Vyskakujem pri hoteloch, cez jeden sa dostavam na kamenistu plaz. V porovnani so sarpi omnoho viac ludi ale oproti batumi to je nic. Berem predrazene lehatko aj so slnecnikom za 10l, v sarpi za 8l. Vcera som sa trosku pripiekol. Plavanie a nic nerobenie. Oproti sarpi je tu viac rodiniek a menej dievociek. Zrejme aj kvoli kopcu hotelikov a apartmanov. Na obed idem do restiky neptun co ... read more

Asia » Georgia July 29th 2019

Pohodove ranko. Rozlucka s turkom (asi majitel) a smer mestska plaz. Do kutaisi mam v plane ist na vlaku 1420. Prichadzam na plaz, ta uz takto skoro (1000) riadne zaplnena. Vsade lehatka so slnecnikmi a velky ruch. No veru, serem na to a idem cez promenadu do parku. Tu sa natahujem na dlhu lavicku a pospavam resp sledujem pekne dievocky co si to vykracuju na plaz. Obed vybavujem na namesti europy v mcdonalde. Tu som pri samoobsluznom boxe zazmatkoval, po objednavke bolo treba vytukat cislo karticky podla ktorej obsluha najde cloveka pri stole. Ja som tam dal 1, co samozrejme neexistuje, tak som musel cihat na roznasacov jedla. Z mcdonaldu sa pre istotu este zastavujem v inom tur.centre. Ha tu mi baba vravi, ze ide len jeden vlak okolo 20.45. tak rychla zmena planu a smer ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District July 28th 2019

On my last day, I woke up fairly early, though breakfast here does not start until 9. My friend had told me that things don't start until later here, and it was funny to note the truth of that. So, I took a shower, packed and right at 9 I walked down for breakfast, eating my favorite dish of chicken with cream sauce (I asked what the name of this was, and the girl looked at me like I was crazy. Chicken with cream sauce) and soaking it with bread. Then I went upstairs to finish packing and decided to check out. I brought my luggage downstairs, then started to walk to the Ikalto Monastery close by just before 11am. Soso said he would pick me up at 1pm to take me to Tbilisi, basically for ... read more
Ikalto Monastery
Water spout - perfect after a hot hike uphill
Water springs

Asia » Georgia July 27th 2019

Postupne vymotanie sa z ubytka. Obsluha pospavala tak ubytko zatial nevyplatene. Na hlavnom tahu chavchavadze odchytavam marsutku s cislom 88 a uz sa vezem ku gruzinsko tureckej hranici. Marsutka prisla uz plna, tak na stojaka, neskor sa naplnila na totalku. Vsetci sli do turecka. Vyskakujem s ostatnymi asi 50m od hranice. Kupujem poziven a cez cestu zapadam na kamenistu plaz. More je tu viac cistejsie, ludi pomenej. Dostavam ponuku na lehatko so slnecnikom na 8l, skusam dat na 5l ale nechce o tom ani pocut. No nist teda. Roztahujem plachtu a zacina slnenie a kupanie. Teplota vody akurat. Hranicu na vode strazi pobrezna straz. Ono by stacilo par zaberov vo vode a uz som na tureckej strane. Tam hned za hranicou mesita, z ktorej sa ozvyva hukot, z gruzinsko kostola vsak nic. Plavanie, slnenie s peknym ... read more




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