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
Le temps de planifier des vacances en Géorgie est maintenant! C’est toujours un moment présent, car le pays perd sa saisonnalité. Bien que, le printemps et l’automne sont mes saisons préférées ici: ils sont chauds, ensoleillés, fructueux et très colorés. J’espère que vous les apprécierez aussi! Pendant les salons de voyages auxquels j’ai assisté, beaucoup de gens me posaient des questions très élémentaires. Cela m’a fait comprendre que je devrais expliquer les choses évidentes plusieurs fois:
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
As you are traveling around Georgia, you notice that each region has its own colour, or at least its own shade. From yellowish green of Gareji through moss green of Tusheti and forest green Imereti to emerald green of Megrelian subtropics – you will never see an identical colour and landscape as you trip. Georgia offers dozens of different paths for beginners and advanced hikers; it is also possible to reach some remote places with horses or cars. I list some beautiful places to awake your wanderlust.
Those who have been to Georgia already, should check the list, and if some things are missing, just come and see or experience them. And if you have never been here – don’t miss your chance to be inspired!
15th of January! Gosh, it’s exactly mid-winter, but seems like winter season in Georgia has just started. Even being not a super-skier, I am fascinated about the white resorts here: in December I have checked Gudauri and Mestia, and I can say that if you’ll manage to visit at least one of them, you will not regret. There is also Bakuriani, but as far as I didn’t visit it recently, I can’t tell you something experience-based. All the following infos are NOT an advertisement, but just impressions. So, if you need some advices, here you go!