As I have already mentioned in the previous article about winter in Svaneti, the cultural heritage of the region is incredibly deep and rich. But don’t expect the Belvedere and Tate level of culture there – the Svan masterpieces are carrying something opposite inside. Something very old, wild, pagan… and at the same time, closely connected to the Christianity. If you understand how remote Svaneti is, how tough the local life is, especially in winter, you will be deeply surprised by the level of skillfulness of the frescoes, painting and jewelry made by Svans. Among the Georgians, they are considered
Svaneti region is not that “oh wow, it’s so far!” anymore. The regular flights (6 times a week from Tbilisi, 2 times a week from Kutaisi) made it closer, and the road from Zugdidi to Mestia is not that scary, as it used to be before its renovation. I went there in December to see the preparations to the winter season which usually lasts till the end of April, even though in 2017, several fantastically crazy people have skied on Tetnuldi mountain on the 10th of June. Wanted to tell you more about the winter holidays in Svaneti. I am
Georgia is so small that many people are unaware of the fact that the regions of the country are quite different from each other. So is the typical cuisine of those regions. It is totally understandable that people might know know it. But would you order a Wiener wurst in Hamburg or have a pasta napolitana in Milano? My post about traditional Kakhetian table is for those who made That Face like “how comes you just said that!” right now 🙂
In September 2016 WizzAir launched new connections between Georgia and Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece. With full understanding, that the newcomers might be confused with what Georgia actually is, I am going to give you a couple of tips, where to go and what to see, if you travel with WizzAir to Kutaisi airport.
Usually while gathering ideas for a vacation in Georgia, people rather think of mountains, hiking, trekking and maybe Georgian wine. It is all true, but actually there are some little spa gems hidden between green mountains and picturesque lakes. Doesn’t matter, if your trip to Georgia is for business or leisure: you should definitely find at least one day for discovering one of those places! Actually, the most known spa region in Georgia is Borjomi, a small town in the Southern part of the country, rich on mineral and thermal springs. Borjomi water is one of the main export items;
As a person who already knows something about the Georgian tourism, I can tell you for sure that most people usually travel here for our great food, for affordable natural wine accompanied by Borjomi water afterwards, for this weird mixture of old and new, and for the Black Sea. Then, maybe, there are mountains and couple of important churches in the list. To me, it is SO SAD! Without a doubt: milky cheeses, variety of fruits and herbs, flavorous spices and fresh hot khachapuri can make you hungry even as you read about them. Seaside is also good, especially in Gonio
You’ve heard about Batumi before, haven’t you? Doesn’t matter what your answer is, you are very lucky, if you visited it or if you are about to head there. It’s an amazing refreshing experience for people who are tired of Europe but are at the same time scared by the Asian lifestyle. Georgia has always been on the crossroad, and Ajara region with Batumi in its heart is no exception.In the Soviet times that was the Nizza of USSR: people from the whole Soviet empire streamed to the Black Sea coast of republic of Georgia to catch some sun, swim,
Israel didn’t come down on me as a huge wave of sun, old stories and warm air, as I used to imagine before. It didn’t tempt me to give up everything and immediately move there. Our first encounter in Ben Gurion Internatinal Airport felt like a business meeting: hi, how are you, welcome, here is the exchange, here is taxi, here are the shuttles, 64 shekel, you are welcome. In Jerusalem the feeling gets warmer: in a cozy neighbourhood with not very cozy name “German Colony” I am really welcome by the mother of my friend Naomi. She is feeding me,
Tusheti is sometimes indescribable. So I decided to make a huge gallery and let you enjoy it, be a bit jealous and visit this wild beauty next year!
Maybe it doesn’t fit into the format of travel blog with top-whatever-things-to-eat-to-do-not-to-do, but… …guys, I am in the hammock under the walnut tree, Ushba is looking at me, that twin peak, which in my head is still someone mythological, someone from old legends, from mum’s bedtime stories, even though the mum who shared the stories was not mine, but my friend’s. But she was the one who knew it all better than anyone else, because Svaneti was in her blood. …after months of hard work (actually at two full-time jobs, even though it sounds like I used a Timeturner) I