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My Georgia. Day 9 and 10: Asia or Europe? Tbilisi, graffiti behind the bell tower

Tbilisi landscape

Old Town, Narikala and churches. The “serious” Tbilisi… Tbilisi’s skyline is an incredible landscape filled with churches, gardens, bridges, water, just above the Old Town’s twisting alleys. I reach the capital by taxi, travelling with two nice travelers, M&M, a Read more…


My Georgia. Day 8: Red Friday orthodoxy and mysterious pagan rituals

tsdo altar, kazbegi

That little church in Kazbegi The door of the tiny Kazbegi church is just half-closed, the gate is half-closed, two men are chatting on the garden benches: it is clear, tourists are not invited, whatever is happening within its walls… Read more…


My Georgia. Day 7: A pilgrim to Caucasus’ mountains. Gergeti Trinity Church

gergeti trinity church

Caucasus. Climbing to release the wise Titan Today my destination is perhaps the most iconic image from Georgia: Tsminda Sameba Monastery, aka Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, built on a hill with the fantastic landscape of the Greater Caucasus snow-capped peaks. Read more…


My Georgia. Day 6: Mtskheta, the curious case of the lost driver

Didube station: urban chaos Svetlana, my host in Gori, is really the businesswoman she promised to be at the first glance: sanguine, robust, raven-hair and an imperfect but flawless English accent, organizes for me the transfer to Tbilisi. A collective Read more…


My Georgia. Day 5: Uplistsikhe and Gori, from pagan gods to Stalin

Uplistsikhe

Is it possible to travel from Kutaisi to Gori? He’s just refusing to listen: the driver draws the route between Kutaisi, Gori and Tblisi in the dust covering his marshrutka to explain to me that no, he will not take Read more…


My Georgia. Day 4: Borjomi and Vardzia, the cave city

Mama Ali’s expression leaves no doubts: she’s puzzled. My trip to Borjomi and Vardzia, starting from Kutaisi, does not convince her at all, it would have been better to start from Tbilisi, because the road is more straight. The whole Read more…


My Georgia. Day 3: Katskhi Pillar and Chiatura, the mining town

Katskhi Pillar, the holy hermitage Maybe just for it, I would have come to Georgia. Lost in the middle of Imereti hills, built – who knows how! – on a 40-meters monolith, the hermitage on the top of the Katski Read more…


My Georgia. Day 2: three mystical monasteries around Kutaisi

Khachapuri with grandpa There’s a small graveyard behind Gelati, one of the three monasteries around Kutaisi, where the dead have tombs with wrought iron gates and full-length colourful portraits, proudly standing and looking at you in the Sunday dress. No Read more…


My Georgia. Day 1: brave Colchis’ women

Malpensa, gate B30 Flat old-fashioned shoes, dark clothes, blonde dyed hair and a sweet, unknown and timeless language. And nearby, black faux leather wallets, plastic bags with Easter eggs, gifts for grandchildren whose toothless giggles peek out from the smartphones, Read more…


My Georgia, between myths and mountains. Intro: Why are you going there?

khatski_pillar

An image An image taking shape in my mind, and here’s a new trip “under construction”. This is how my destinations’ projects have always come into being, rarely planned for specific periods of the year – like “wait, I need Read more…