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  • Day63

    From Borjomi to Mtskheta

    October 31, 2017 in Georgia

    Looking forward to our reunion with Tural in Gori, we speeded up and chose to cycle on the motorway for the first time. Moreover, we're not yet in the mood again to go slalom on the bumpy side roads.

    In Gori, which is actually Stalin's birthplace, we met Tural in the lovely Nitsa Guesthouse, had a Georgian feast together and admired the daughter of the house playing the piano. What a great host family! We decided not to visit the Stalin museum as it is said to not review the history in a proper critic reflective way. However, at least the giant Stalin statue has been removed. Or as a French guest commented on the Stalin cult 'What an impression would a Hitler-statue in Germany make?'.

    Next day, the three of us hit the road towards Tbilisi and cycled together until we split up at Mtskheta as Tural wanted to meet another friend and we decided to pay a visit to Mtskheta. Contrary to Gori, we found this city to be in a better shape, but significantly more touristy. However, the cathedral is quite impressing and we could practice our Russian with a nice Georgian granny in our guesthouse.

    In the meantime we've left Tbilisi behind us and are having a lunch break in a roadside family kitchen. The border with Azerbaijan is getting closer. Pictures of Tbilisi will follow...
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  • Day20

    Two faces of Georgia

    July 25, 2017 in Georgia

    My expectations of Georgia were largely centred around it being a former Soviet state, I hadn't considered the longer history. I still don't know very much of Georgian history but I think today helped put some of it in perspective. Our drive back to Tbilisi took us through Gori which is the town where Stalin was born and then Upstiltske where there was an abandoned cave village.
    The Stalin museum in Gori had actually been under construction when he died. The first thing you see is a large almost Mausoleum structure which is a shelter for the house Stalin was born in. They brought it here and reconstructed it. It's small, it was shared with the landlord, Stalin's parents rented the front room and his father had space in the basement for his cobbling business.
    The museum also houses Stalin's train carriage as well as a host of paintings, photographs, documentation and State gifts sent to Stalin from other countries. An English guide was needed as none of the signs include English. It's an odd atmosphere - the showcasing of State gifts seems like an attempt for validation or legitimacy. And yet there's also an attempt to balance the old propaganda (or maybe that was an attempt by an English speaking guide).
    Walking around the small bit of Gori that we did revealed the usual Soviet apartment blocks but these quickly gave way to a beautifully restored Old Town.
    We had planned on stopping in Mtskhete but decided to make a slight detour to Upstiltske which turned out to be an unexpected surprise. Unfortunately there was no English information, and so I can't pretend to be intelligent and offer much explanation. It was a village carved into the rock with evidence of wine cellars, temple and kitchens. There is a chapel that has been built on the site but the real pleasure was in the freedom we had just to roam. With no fences or cordoned off areas, we could just clamber over the rocks as we wanted. I'm aware this comes with a cost to the site, but it was amazing having that freedom.
    In the end, we drove back to Tbilisi rather than stopping in Mtskhete for more monasteries... Heathens that we are
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  • Day4

    Gori

    May 1 in Georgia

    We leave Uplistiskhe at 3.30pm and somebody's stomach is already rumbling...
    We don't have anything left on the programme (apart from a lunch stop), as a long drive is awaiting us to reach Kutaisi, our final destination for the day. We therefore decide to have a quick photo stop in the city of Gori, famous for its picturesque castle and especially for giving birth to somebody called... STALIN! Not surprisingly the birth house of the Russian dictator has been turned into a touristic attraction and is preceded by a huge statue of the guy himself. In the same site we can also see a carriage of Stalin's personal train.

    After this cultural stop it's finally time to eat (at 4.30pm!) and we stop at a restaurant close to Gori. By the time lunch is over, we are already at least three hours behind schedule. At this point it doesn't make any sense to try to catch up with time, so we decided to spend some more time in Gori and visit its castle, perched on a hill. We have actually made the right choice: after walking up to the fortress, we have a great view of Gori and the valley, as well as the snowy peaks of mountain chains that mark the border with Russia.
    At the feet of the hill there is a circle of statues of warriors that somehow remind of a scene from the Lord of the Rings. Very evocative indeed!

    It's finally time to leave for Kutaisi, where we arrive at 9.30pm, after an almost 3-hour drive. Our hotel is a classical Soviet-style building with ice-cold personnel. It honestly feels like we are in one of those James Bond movies set during the Cold War... 😂 But luckily it's only for tonight: tomorrow we will continue our drive towards the Western part of Georgia.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gori, گوری, גורי, ゴリ, გორი, 고리, Goris, Гори, 哥里

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