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Georgia

Curious what backpackers do in Georgia? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • On the bus to Batumi we would meet our travel buddy for the next few weeks: Killian from France.
    Actually we all came to Batumi to get our visas for Azerbaijan. This took a week and so after two days in an hotel, we stayed with a super friendly couchsurfer. He is a Turkish guy, who was born in Germany. (Thank you again Yavuz for getting our jackets back that we left in the bus!!)

  • Gori is the one of the ancient cities in Georgia.It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Liakhavi. The city is named according to a rockey hill which exists in the city on which there is an ancient fortress.
    Officially it was declared as a city in 1801,but from 1950it is a city of republican subordination.

  • Checked into the hotel after a 10 min ride from the Airport. Early morning, it was windy and cold. We came down for breakfast at 9 am and were treated to a nice local breakfast with local cheeses, yogurt and Georgian breads which were crunchy and delectable. It was a sunny morning and we soaked it in on the porch before heading aback to the room to get ready for our tour of Tbilisi Old Town. The hotel is an overstated 4 star. I'd give it a 3 but it's liveable. The wireless connectivity is excellent though. Staff have been helpful.Read more

  • The horse riding statue of King Vaktang Gorgasali, Metekhi Church is located in the historic neighborhood of Tbilisi. It is on
    the elevated cliff that overlooks the Mtkvari river. The district
    was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city. According
    to historic recounts, King Vakhtang Gorgasali I is erected the
    church and a fort which also served as the king’s residence;
    hence comes the name Metekhi, which dates back to the 12th
    century and literally means “The area around the palace”. Our wonderful guide Sophie started the tour with a visit to the statue
    and recounted his legend of finding the famous natural hot springs of Tbilisi while hunting that led to the founding of Tbilisi.
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  • The eight angled Minaret of the brick mosque draws the attention even from a far distance and is perceived in a different ways from the various sides. The original Sunni mosque, located at the end of the botanical garden is the only functioning mosque in Tbilisi at present, after the Shiite Mosque on the other bank of the river Mtkvari was destroyed by communist rulers. Now it serves Shia as well as Sunni Muslims which is extremely rare in any country of the world.Read more

  • Kartvlis Deda (which means Mother of a  Georgian) has become a symbol of the city. The statue was erected on the top of Sololaki hill in 1958, the year Tbilisi celebrated its 1500th anniversary. Prominent Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli designed the twenty meter aluminum figure of a woman in Georgian national dress. She symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.Read more

  • Sioni cathedral is situated in historic Sioni Kucha (Sioni Street)
    in downtown Tbilisi, with its eastern façade fronting the right
    embankment of the river Mtkvari. It was initially built in the 6th-
    7th centuries and was multiply restored. Sioni Cathedral was the
    main Goergian Orthodox Cathedral and the seat of Catholics Patriarch of all Georgia until the Holy Trinity Cathedral was concentrated in 2004. However, it still holds the venerated
    Grapevine cross (exhibited at the left of the altar) forged by
    St. Nino, a Cappadocian woman who preached Christianity in
    Georgia in the early 4th century. Sioni Cathedral was the place
    where the Russian Imperial manifesto on the annexation of
    Georgia was first published on April 12, 1802, when the Russian
    commander-in-chief in Georgia, General Karl von Knorring,
    assembled the Georgian nobles in the Cathedral surrounded by
    Russian troops. The nobles were forced to take an oath to the
    Russian Imperial crown and anyone into custody.
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  • At one side of the Rike Park there is a figure of a bronze man with a horn of wine in his hands. This monument is an enlarged copy of the bronze statue called "Tamada" (toast-maker), which was discovered in archeological ruins in Western Georgia. This findings date back to the 7th century before Christ. Georgians love their food and we loved it too. While walking along Shardeni Street, we broke off for lunch and found a 17th century wine cellar with a great guy who offered us a taste of the wines he had. We eventually bought a bottle of the famous "Kimdzmarauli" red wine which is a bit semi-sweet. Georgia is the oldest known place where wine was cultivated (grape seeds and pressing pots were found here dating to 7000 years ago) and the saying here goes "If you're had a drink and became sad - You're not a man, you are not Georgian". For grub, we had the famous Ajaran Khachapuri and Shashlik Kebab. We also tried a glass of their other famous red wine “Khvanchkara” and it was lovely.Read more

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