“Welcome – Please come in” – Georgian Border Security.

Tbilisi, Georgia is one of the koolest cities I’ve been to in ages. A city? If you could call it that – as far as capitals go, Tbilisi is more like county town where your distant grandparents might live.

There was an air about it that I coudnt quite put my finger on, sort of Middle-East come Post-Soviet esque. A really great place just to walk around and get lost.

Everything is falling apart and decaying, streets cracked and broken, trees growing through windows, content old men playing Backgammon in the shade, and that feeling you are always being watched but you dont know where from.

After breaking 2 cameras, and brutal sprockets ripping threw rolls of film, this handful of digi shots is all I’ve got to try and convey it how great it is..

Before I knew it though I was en route to the mountain town of Kazbegi with my new Swedish counterparts.

Georgian Snickers

Stream-cooled beers

Guy that built the highway

Kazbegi, gateway to the 5047m Mt Kazbek, doesn’t have an awful lot to do. You stay with little Babuska’s that heckle you when your mini-bus rolls in, there’s a couple of stores selling everything – conveniently called ‘google store’, and locally made wine is a plenty.
Really, this place is all about the hiking. And the air is crisp.

Forgetting our cramp-ons and ice-picks, we opted to go for the local hilltop Monastery, rather than the 5047m giant.
Swapping walking sticks for beers, and compasses for snickers, I think we insulted some of the more gun-ho power hikers along the way. But in better time than most, we reached the Monastery and it was epic.

These little guys are everywhere

Tsminda Sameba Monastery, Kazbegi, Georgia

Quite satisfied with our efforts, it was full speed back down the mountain to our Babushkas homestay for an epic Georgian feast.

Our locally grown feast.

Next day it was back to Tbilisi.

Espresso everywhere. Kazbegi, Georgia.

A couple of notable Tbilisi Attractions.

The Royal Bath House

Baratashvili Bridge

And too many of these.

Khachapuri ($2)

My stay in Georgia was alot shorter than planed, days rather than weeks, and I definitely only scratched the surface on a couple of places, leaving so much more for next time.

Georgia and the Caucasus might sound like an unlikely destination, but make the effort and you will be surprisingly rewarded.

86 Responses to “Georgia”

  1. 1 Lady Deidre November 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful photographs! Stunning!

    Lady D

  2. 2 thatsnotfunnymisskatie November 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    So glad you’re on the road again! I’ve missed your updates!!

  3. 3 November 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, this post should have been freshly pressed! These pictures are wonderful! I didn’t know that Georgia was such a breathtaking, beautiful, mountainous country! I’d never given it much thought, but your pictures alone have catapulted Georgia onto my 50 countries to go next!

  4. 4 Mikalee Byerman November 29, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Unbelievable pictures — what spectacular scenery!


  5. 5 PCC Advantage November 29, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Your photos are stunning! I think that the photos of Tsminda Sameba Monastery are my favourites…well, those and the one of the stream-cooled beer. πŸ˜‰

    Great post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  6. 6 afrankangle November 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

    First-time visitor here … and glad I stopped by to see these outstanding photos. Thanks for sharing a part of the world that (odds are) I will never see.

  7. 7 The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife November 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Love those red squirrel creatures! And the church shot… how beautiful.

  8. 8 Karl Drobnic November 29, 2011 at 4:02 am

    The bridge seems so at-odds with everything else you photographed. Any idea what’s up with it?

  9. 9 conniewalden November 29, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Thank you for sharing these great photos. Connie

  10. 10 scribedoll November 29, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Splendid pictures. They make me think of Pushkin’s references to Georgian mountains.

  11. 13 Folding Mirror Poetry November 29, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Nice concise travel report and great photos, thanks. The monastery looks intriguing.

  12. 14 Andreas Moser November 29, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Maybe I should move there next.

  13. 15 DoF@theinfill November 29, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Great photos of amazing place. It is v eastern isn’t it? What’s with that bridge, by the way. It’s quite amazing. Thanks very much for posting these images, I really enjoyed them πŸ˜‰

  14. 16 abichica November 29, 2011 at 5:37 am

    awesome pictures… It seems you guys had a blast.. πŸ˜€

  15. 17 tycobeans November 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Wow, the picture of the monestary is fabulous!!

  16. 18 Dounia November 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Amazing pictures – it looks like an incredible place! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  17. 19 Anne Schilde November 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    The squirrels there are so cute!!

  18. 20 mari November 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful pics !! hope to visit one day thanks to your work.

  19. 22 valentinedee November 29, 2011 at 6:41 am

    This was nice to read. I love the oldness and the feel of Georgia. Quaint yet magical.

  20. 23 Di@ November 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

    This is the city I live in and I absolutely love it, although it is not a place where I am from.

  21. 24 Bongo November 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I stopped on by because I follow a blog written by a Caucasian Shepherd Dog who lives in Tbilisi and blogs about her city. Fascinating place.

  22. 25 Manuel Lopez November 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Muy buenas fotos, felicitaciones al autor o fotografo.

  23. 26 bomanvent November 29, 2011 at 7:29 am

    This is good nice pictures from Georgia. Hope to visit there someday.

  24. 27 Jaiyant Cavale November 29, 2011 at 7:41 am

    OMG that monastery is out of this world.

  25. 28 societyred November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for sharing! Great photos and commentary!

  26. 29 seabeegirl November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Awesome pics! Looks like such an amazing time. I especially loved the monastery! Congrats on FP! πŸ™‚

  27. 30 janderkns November 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I will definitely visit Tbilisi one day. Thanks for sharing the pics
    Come and visit BRAZIL. You will love it too.

  28. 31 wallofwriting November 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I always forget about the caucuses as a region to go travel to. But yes going to the places that aren’t the main tourist destinations are so rewarding, even more so when you get to know people and they invite you the traveler into their homes and lives.

  29. 32 janetthomas November 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for taking a housebound person to somewhere so unusual with your fantasitic photography πŸ™‚

  30. 33 Manuel Lopez November 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Son muy buenas fotos, Felicitaciones.

  31. 34 Cave Story November 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Whoa, I love the greeneries near the living areas.

  32. 35 morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer November 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

    How did you decide to travel there? We receive lots of travel advertising in the mail and have never seen a trip to Georgia offered.


  33. 36 Gerald November 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Really a beautiful place. It’s always nice to go to barely untouched areas like these in the world. A break from the usual noisy busy life of city life and the modern age. Sometimes when I visit areas like these it reminds me how simple and great life would be if the whole world was like this.

  34. 38 morealtitude November 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Very nice. I have a Georgian friend/colleague who is trying to convince me to take up a role in Tblisi. This post has encouraged me further- looks awesome. That monastery- wow! Gorgeous shot- and location. Jealous.

  35. 39 GraceLynneFleming November 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    wow – these pictures are incredible. love seeing new places through others’ eyes

  36. 40 Geoff November 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I love the image of the Tsminda Sameba Monastery. Beautiful.

  37. 41 poutinepundit November 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Great post. The Caucasus countries have just moved higher up on my list as a result of this post.

  38. 42 kaurentertaiment November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    top blog wp of the day conguratulation

  39. 43 antarabesque November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Love the stone fences. Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  40. 44 Chiamaria November 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    wow great, when I sow title “Tbilisi, Georgia” in freshly pressed, immediately clicked the post.
    Cause I’m Georgian and I’m interested how foreigners see us and our country πŸ™‚
    cool pics.. I like your post.

  41. 45 Chiamaria November 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    oh yes, one thing. that bridge isn’t called “BarataShvili bridge”. that’s ”bridge of peace”. : )

  42. 46 premavk November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photographs. I would love to be there too!

  43. 47 thebigbookofdating November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    What an amazing photo blogpost, one of my close friends just got back from there and her photos were also amazing, what a beautiful country, I hope to get there someday

  44. 48 Assad November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Your beautiful photos bring me back old memories ..
    Thank you

  45. 49 sjr85 November 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I love the photo of the monastery on the hill – it looks so ominous with the mountains behind it. Also, what exactly is a khachapuri? It looks surprising pizza-esque…

  46. 50 WJ November 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Simply amazing…

  47. 52 Mr. Nomad November 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    wow great pics. couldn’t imagine to see my country freshly pressed πŸ™‚ I guess you had enjoyable experience.

  48. 53 NazarBlue November 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia since befriending a beautiful Gerogian girl at work. She is just the nicest warmest hospitable human I have met in London.. Georgia looks so… Watery?! For now I’ll have to settle for my local Georgian restaurant which does live music on the weekends πŸ™‚
    great pics, and fantastic blog. Glad to see you’ve visited Kosovo and Albania too – two of my favorites.

  49. 54 rorygatfield November 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Nice collection of photos.

  50. 56 Modern Funk November 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Great photos…and a lovely blog. Travel photos are my favorite. I love being transported by a single image. Great work!

  51. 57 April November 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Beautiful photography!

  52. 59 stacieinasia November 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Congrats – you made me want to visit Georgia. Beautiful photos.

  53. 60 silvererieann November 30, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Georgian-born Armenian film director Sergei Parajanov shot some of his most beautiful work in Georgia. The panoramic view from Metekhi Church is featured heavily. But it’s the documentary Power Trip that makes me hope you weren’t caught in the dark during your stay. πŸ˜‰

  54. 61 Jovana November 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Looks like a beautiful place.

  55. 62 Joe Labriola November 30, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Haha I saw this link and was thinking, “I didn’t know that Georgia had castles….” Beautiful photos!

  56. 64 Ray Harris November 30, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Good to see ‘lesser known’ corners of the world. It is interesting to note that the images need few captions and that lives and landscapes enthrall every time.


  57. 65 thatbackpacker November 30, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Great shots! There’s something magical and unspoiled about this place.

  58. 66 Luz November 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

    me gusta este sitio.. se ve fresco e interezante

  59. 67 irarelypost November 30, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Really cool post, I shared it with my brother who was there a while back. We also have a friend who is originally from there. I should really get my behind over there one of these days. This post was of special interest to me because I have been drafting my own post about my recent trip to a different east european city, soon to come.
    Tanks for the five star photos!

  60. 68 amira November 30, 2011 at 3:00 am

    nice place πŸ™‚
    there is so much to see on this world….

  61. 69 philosofiez November 30, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Wow great pics! My ex-nurse is from Georgia, I look forward to seeing her country sometime, these pics make that more so! I shall send her this link, see what she thinks. πŸ™‚ Well done on being Freshly Pressed too!

  62. 70 Michele La Morte-Shbat November 30, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Love your photos, particularly the mountain shots!! Really stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  63. 71 pvargas23 November 30, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Muy buenas fotografΓ­as! Me dan ganas de visitar Georgia, pero estando tan lejos de allΓ‘ (Chile) se me hace bastante dificil.

  64. 72 Bill Thurman November 30, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Very nice photos and a very interesting country.

  65. 73 trialsinfood December 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    great photos! sounds like a neat place.

  66. 74 Vito Simi de Burgis December 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Very beautiful pictures, and very beautiful Country to be discovered!!!

  67. 75 James LaForest December 2, 2011 at 4:19 am

    A very interesting looking city, with the very modern mixed in with the very classic.

  68. 76 The Harebeat December 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    After all, did you drink home made wine and the Georgian vodka – chacha?))

  69. 80 Ibi December 4, 2011 at 5:54 am

    liked this post so much, beautiful pics ))
    p.s. I’m from Georgia ❀

  70. 81 nency December 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Nice photos… but these places are nothing compared to those you have not seen in Georgia… visit Racha and Svaneti regions in Georgia, they are really stunning.

    • 82 ivavasadze December 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Agree. Plus, Upper Imereti (Katskhi,Mgvimevi),Southern Georgia(Vardzia) and a lot of other places. I am planning to write blog, so called ‘travel guide’ about Georgia for people who would like to visit us.

  71. 83 Manuel Lopez December 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Son muy buenas fotos, hay cosas curiosas, mis felicitaciones para ti. Espero que me aceptes como un admirador de tu blog.


  72. 85 k vijay anand December 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    is that snake on the plate.?

  73. 86 TheChronicR December 11, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I live pretty close to this place. I’m from Armenia, a country neighboring Georgia. I’ve been there once, in 2005.

    I love khachapuri. Georgia is a very picturesque country and I actually know some words in Georgian! Haha. Great photos & post.

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