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Aragvi

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day2

    Reis naar Georgië en Mtskheta

    September 19 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Rustige trip tot in Georgië achter de rug,met aankomst om 22u45 plaatselijke tijd.

    Next stop, Mtskheta - met de auto.
    Bij het buitenrijden van de luchthaven wisten we dat dit een beetje ging bepalen hoe de wegen hier zijn. Laat onze zeggen dat creativiteit en improvisatie aan de orde zijn, net als snelle reflexen. Op tijd en stond verschenen er opeens betonnen wegblokkeringen, waardoor de route kronkelde en krioelde, soms waren er werken, soms reden we op het vak dat normaal voor tegenliggers is..

    Er zijn bijna geen wegmarkeringen, buiten de haaientanden die op de meest onlogische plaatsen opdoemden. We vroegen ons vaak af of we nog wel op een baanvak reden. Op de gehele weg zijn we 5 snelheidsborden gepasseerd. De vuistregel leek ons: "Ga zo hard als je durft". Op sommige momenten was de smog aan Tbilisi nogal dens. Bryan begon spontaan te zingen: "smooooooke on den aaaasfaaalt"

    Toen we voorbij Tbilisi waren geraakt, verschenen de eerste verlossende witte lijnen op de baan. Op de resterende 20 km ca 3 tegenliggers gepasseerd.

    Eens aangekomen in Mtshkheta moesten we onze guesthouse nog vinden (om 00.30!). We wisten niet exact waar we moesten zijn en konden de guesthouse niet bereiken dus spraken een straalbezopen jonge kerel (met pint in de hand) aan. Die begon meteen rond te bellen om ons de nodige info te verschaffen. Echter wist niemand ons Magdalena wonen. Dan maar zelf op onderzoek uitgegaan. Rond 1.00 een steegje ingewandeld waarbij we het huis van de foto's herkenden. Ons bed ingevallen en lekker geslapen!

    Deze ochtend een heerlijk uitgebreid ontbijt genoten met het ochtendzonnetje op onze nek. En het gezelschap van een... Kat. We weten altijd direct vriendjes te maken.

    ნახვამდის (tot ziens)
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  • Day7

    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

    August 14 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Major cathedral in the former capital, before Tbilisi became capital in the 5th century. This is where Christianity came to Georgia in the 4th century. Legend has it that the mantle of Christ is buried here. The pics are the building, a detail of the outside and several inside pics.

  • Day4

    Jvari Monastery, Mtskheta

    May 1, 2018 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    My last day in Tbilisi starts off exactly like the other days: being late! 😒
    With a list of things to do before departure (at 9am, meant in the German way) longer than the referee list on Juventus's payroll, I manage to wake up at 8.25am. Thanks to my natural talent for multitasking refined by years of training of being constantly late, I actually have a shower, get dressed, brush my teeth, close my suitcase, run down the stairs, leave my stuff in the bus, give the key back at the lobby, run up the stairs up to the 7th floor, take some pictures, run down to the basement, swallow a cup of tea and two cherry tomatoes, grab two eggs, run up again and get on the bus by 8.59am. I'm not sure if there is this kind of extreme activity is recognised by the international Guinness records, but I'm pretty sure I have just broken a world record.

    The best part of the whole thing is that I am not even the last one: if all the German members of our fellowship are already diligently sitting on the bus, some of our travel mates are still loading their bags on the bus... and somebody else will never be seen again! Apparently the guy who indulged a bit too much in the wine tasting activity yesterday afternoon, had the great idea to empty the content of his minibar during the night and is now not exactly stable on his legs. The result being: he will not continue the tour with us (!) and will be abandoned in Tbilisi (!!!) to his own destiny (!!!!!!!!!). German discipline, I suppose... 😨😨😨
    The funny thing is that we are still 27: this morning we were indeed joined by Olga, the tour organiser. So, maybe it was always the plan to get rid of somebody to make room for the newcomer... 🤔🤔🤔

    After a 30-minute drive up the hills we reach the Jvari Monastery, a delightful church built on the summit of a hill overlooking Tbilisi and the whole valley. The view is truly impressive and the building itself is a piece of art: no surprise it's a Unesco protected site!
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  • Day4

    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta

    May 1, 2018 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    It's now time to drive towards Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Despite the hardly pronounceable name, it's actually one of the most renowned destinations in Georgia and it hosts a true masterpiece of art: the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (meaning "the Cathedral of the Living Pillar").
    Our bus leaves us in the parking place and we have to proceed on foot to reach the church, already visible from here. It's beyond any doubt the most impressive place I have seen so far: tha cathedral is a majestic building towering from the summit of a slightly hilly terrain, surrounded by a labyrinth of narrow streets full of colourfoul shops and stands forming a sort of village.

    After a good 10-minute walk in this living market-city, we finally reach the cathedral: seen up close, it's even more impressive than I first thought! The visit of the church itself doesn't last long, which leaves us a good half an hour to do some shopping. I don't actually intend to waste money on souvenirs... which means I end up buying two bags, three pairs of earrings and countless magnets 😓 And I stop there just because the time our guide gave us for the visit is over.

    According to the programme, we were supposed to leave Mtskheta at 11am. And, of course, when we are finally all on the bus the clock marks 12.30pm... Will we ever be able to leave on time, even just for half a day? 😓
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