What about Georgia?

I am just back from a trip around Morocco and some of the countries which used to be part of the Persian Empire at some stage in the past – Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Georgia, Armenia.

For information I used Lonely Planet: Morocco; Middle East; Georgia, Armenia, & Azerbaijan. These three books. I uploaded the electronic version to Google Play Books and saved the weight of real books. They served their purpose pretty well. I bought them when on special, which LP does quite often.

For each country I’ll be writing of one good and one bad experience. And then include some hints and a few photos of the country.

What’s not so great in Georgia? Smoking in restaurants is OK.  However, even if people were smoking at every table it somehow didn’t bother me – maybe the air, humidity level…?

And good? So much. It is just so easy there after travelling around the middle east.  You feel free.

 

The Caucasus flying across Georgia towards Tbilisi

a restaurant in the old town of Tbilisi serving traditional dishes

a restaurant in the old town serving traditional dishes

dumplings

eggplant and walnut spread

veal and vegetables

this one is filled with cheese

pork dish

there are wine shops eerywhere – sometimes every second shop

there are wine shops eerywhere – sometimes every second shop

and there are churches everywhere

the churches are amazingly beautiful inside

interesting bridge

interesting bridge

Mtkvari River in the centre of Tbilisi

old town

castle ruins on the hill behind old town

botanical garden

Mother Georgia statue

people seem to be free to set up a business anywhere

a very modern train – the train to Batumi on the Black Sea

inside the train

western Georgia heading towards the Black Sea

western Georgia heading towards the Black Sea

western Georgia heading towards the Black Sea

on the train – top speed about 150kph

the train runs beside the Black Sea a little

Batumi train station

the lake in Batumi

at the beach in Batumi

at the beach on the Black Sea in Batumi

Batumi has some striking buildings

it’s spring

the casinos etc. in Batumi

the road from Batumi to Zugdidi, in the north of Georgia

the minibus from the Abkhazian border to Tbilisi

an interesting exhibit

a bar in Tbilisi old town

a privately bottled wine

the night train from Tbilisi to Yerevan, Armenia

the sleeping compartment in the train

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