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,
Jaffo is not really Tel Aviv, as some people say. It used to be Arabic, and on Sabbath you can find some shops open there even now. I can’t say that it was my favorite place in the city, but bargaining at the flea market and drinking in the evening in the old port, eating fish in the seaside restaurant and delicious shakshuka at the market are the part of local experience. Follow me to the picturesque debris of Old Jaffo!
As I came to Georgia in 2012, wearing local designers seemed to me not a big fashion, but rather a support of a friend who owns an atelier. The Georgians cherish friendships, so there were always people who wore something made here. There were always Avtandil, Anouki, Tamuna Ingorokva, Aleksander Akhalkatsishvili and another dozens of names, but the market seemed pretty small and segmented. Recent Tbilisi Fashion Week in October 2016 made me quite proud. I had this weird tickling and warm feeling of seeing the future. Even though the opening featured fantastic old dresses of Nino Ramishvili, the founder
A trip to Minsk to 34MediaDay appeared to be quite enlightening for me. Even though I am a frequent traveler and try not to let the stereotype squeeze into my mind, there was something to discover for me. And something to apologize for. I really felt like apologizing for not understanding how close the Belarussians are to me and all Ukrainians. It was so worth going there, and I want to come back. You know why?
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,
So after one week in the Holy Land I am back. Pleasantly tired and feeling a bit more confident, I’m getting used to +10 and wind instead of +25 and sun, and to the domination of one religious branch instead of many. In Israel I stayed in the families of my good friends that gave me an incredible experience of real life, and also managed to take some independent steps around the country. This all will result in a short list of tips. The rest – amazing food, incredible nature and overwhelming cultural life – is the subject to a
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
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.