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Georgia Travel Diary- 1

ashusTravels-Tbilisi, Georgia.
ashusTravels-Tbilisi, Georgia

Summer holidays for kids brought up the decision to go sightseeing and my elder one took up the responsibility to decide the travel destination for this summer of 2016. After having gone through a list of lot many places to select from, she had decided on Cambodia, and since the flight from UAE is via Bangkok, so it was going to be Bangkok and Cambodia. But then the scenic beauty and direct flight to Georgia was looked up, this food and wine destination stole our hearts and finally the tickets for Georgia were booked. The vineyards and oldest wine making method used in Georgia were the deciding factors for selection of this travel destination. I am writing this post after visiting the country, so I am happy to say here that it was a good choice. We went for a seven days tour, but the last two days of the tour being very hot made me think that a 4-5 days travel would have sufficed as we were going on vacation to escape from the UAE summer sun. It is a small, less populated and quiet Country with serene, beautiful scenic views of the mountains, countryside, friendly people and extremely safe to roam around even late in the night. We saw police patrols everywhere in Tbilisi when we were out  having a late dinner and later roaming the streets and shopping till late in the night.

It is a direct flight to Tbilisi from Dubai, takes you 3 hrs. to reach and visa was on arrival for the UAE residents. Air Travel was okay, a short sitting time at the Dubai airport lounge, some snacks and sweets tucked in the tummy and we set out for the short three hour air travel. The passport control at the Tbilisi airport was also quick and soon we were near the exit searching for our tour guide, Nino, a young smart girl, who was waiting for us along with the driver of the vehicle that was going to be our transport for the rest of our tour. And our seven day Georgia travel started and it was a good experience with two wonderful people, one spoke English and one could not. The driver was extremely caring and though he could not speak English, but we somehow managed to converse with Nino’s help. The advantage of travelling in private hired vehicle/hired taxi is it allows us to spend more time at places that are of our interest., the kids get to relax and be comfortable so that they are not cranky all the time 🙂 !

Tbilisi city tour through my eyes: We started the city tour in the hired taxi and I got busy click pictures through the car window.

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Freedom Square
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It is a city founded in 5th Century AD, named after the hot spring found here, The streets are cobbled streets as we see in any European country and is a good blend of the old and new. Here we can find Georgian orthodox, Armenian Gregorian, Roman Catholic churches, Synagogue and Zoroastrian temple in close vicinity to each other. It was sure interesting to see this.

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Tbilisi means warm in Georgian and I can tell it sure was quite warm in July. Most of the sightseeing in Tbilisi is in the old town, and all the sites are within walking distance, yeah it helps if one is wearing comfortable shoes. We got down from the taxi and walked around the town on foot, yes the sun was at its peak so be prepared to carry a hat or cap and use sun block for protection of the skin.

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After an anxious lunch, as I was tasting the Georgian cuisine for the first time, we started our old town Tbilisi tour on foot with our tummies full of yummy meal.

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The first stop was Sulfur bath. It was amazing and also breathtaking to see the town and cobbled streets and looking up skywards to see the green lush mountains and blue sky with pure white cotton candy like clouds floating past. For me the picture was just out of a children’s reading book that show lovely mountains with beautiful blue skies. I was already getting soaked into the beauty of this city.

Abanotubani Sulfur Bath District

Sulfur Bath District
Sulfur Bath District

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Water fall, coming from the Botanical gardens (as per our guide Nino)

Souvenir shops lining the Sulfur Bath area
Souvenir shops lining the Sulfur Bath area
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Wine bottles displayed by the local Restaurants as we move through the old town.
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Grape vines
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Sioni Cathedral

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Sioni Cathedral- considered the most sacred places in the country, holds the holy cross of St. Nino. Our guide also named Nino told us St. Nino was the young woman who converted Georgia to Christianity in the early 4th Century.

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Peace Bridge, Tbilisi

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tbilisi
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Tbilisi

Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi is an important cathedral, and is the main Georgian orthodox cathedral. One is supposed to cover the head with a scarf and also no shorts allowed when we entered the churches in Georgia.

It was a learning experience for this traveler to know that almost all religious places be it the temples in India, the Gurudwaras, the Churches, or the Mosque that I visited in Abu Dhabi require us to cover our head, wear full length before we enter these holy places.

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Narikala Fortress

Narikala Fortress, a medieval fortification overlooking the Sololaki district. The panorama view from the Narikala fortress of the old town Tbilisi is quiet interesting, we get ample classic shots of the Tbilisi city from here.

Botanical Garden, Tbilis
Botanical Garden, Tbilis
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Panorama view from Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi
Panoramic view of Tbilisi from Narikala Fortress
Panoramic view of Tbilisi from Narikala Fortress
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Old TV Tower, Tbilisi
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Mtastminda Amusement park, Tbilisi

These above pictures were clicked from the top near the fortress. We have a rope-way to come down into the city from the top of Narikala fortress. We drove our taxi to the top but we returned down using the cable car.

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Looking down from the cable car

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The Mtkvari river and the Peace bridge captured from the cable car ride.

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We get down from the cable car and walk out to this monument that says Europe Square.

‘Travelling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller’- Ibn Batuta

The quote perfectly describes my thoughts, and here I make an effort to take you along on the travels through my posts with the travel pictures captured by me.

This was our first day site-seeing in Tbilisi, Georgia. Hope you all liked going through the pictures as much as I loved sharing them here with you all. More about this beautiful country famous for its wine making and food in another post on the blog tomorrow.

ashu.

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: LOOK UP

My entry for the weekly photo challenge: Look up.

Georgia, a country famous for its traditional method of wine making and its food. More talk about its food in other posts. The moment I stepped foot in this country, one thing that drew my attention were the beautiful lampposts and the numerous water fountains.

For this weekly photo challenge, I selected couple of pictures from my Georgian travels. These simple, some intricate and tall lampposts made me look up and the blue sky with white clouds that looked like cotton candy made it a perfect click for me. The fruits on the fruit laden trees and the tall trees with branches close together with the towering lamppost amidst it made me instantly click what I saw and liked. In the night, the glowing bulbs of the lamppost in a Tbilisi square were too beautiful to be missed out.

During the hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church in Georgia, after reaching the top, the flight of the Eagle and the blue clear sky above was too beautiful and worth looking up, and hence sharing the picture below.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up
Eagle in the sky
Eagle in the sky
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look up
Weekly Photo Challenge: Look up
Weekly Photo Challenge: Look up
Lamppost in Tbilisi, Georgia
Lamppost in Tbilisi, Georgia
Lamppost in Tbilisi, Georgia
Lamppost in Tbilisi, Georgia
Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up
Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look up.
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Lamppost in Tbilisi, Georgia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

I found them interesting, loved clicking the pictures, and enjoyed sharing for this post. All the pictures were clicked using my iphone 6 cell camera.

ashu

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: DETAILS

My entry for the weekly photo challenge-Details.

I have always had a great wish to see the Sunflower field from close quarters ever since I had seen the pictures that my hubby had clicked during one of his tours to Europe. As they say, if you wish earnestly the wish is soon to be fulfilled :), no harm in believing it, right!

During the recent Georgia travel, as our car was passing through this stretch of road outside of Tbilisi, we saw fields of sunflower that were unapproachable from the road, but requested our driver if he could stopover when he sees one near by the road so we can click pictures. We were lucky and did get to click lots of memorable pictures, and sharing below the ones that I find perfect as my entry for this challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Details
Weekly Photo Challenge: Details

I tried as best to reach the height of at least one sunflower so that I could zoom in on the details of the inside of the flower, and below is that picture, the result of my efforts. Nature is so beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Details
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I wanted to also zoom in the details of some newly bloomed flowers, but I was not able to reach them as they were too inside in the middle of the field. Also, I was apprehensive of any bees or bugs on the plants, there were many flying around, and I wanted my further travel to be bug free :).

Hoping to hear your thoughts on the post my dear reader friends. Wish you all a bright as a sunflower kinda good day. 🙂

ashu