Georgia
Mtskheta

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7 travelers at this place:

  • Day4

    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 organisator. 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

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Mtskheta, محمية المدينة ومتحف متسخيتا, Msxeta, Горад Мцхета, Мцхета, Mtskhetha, Mccheta, Μτσκέτα, Mcĥeta, Miskheta, Mtshetha, متسختا, Mcheta, מצחתה, Մցխեթ, ムツヘタ, 므츠헤타, Mtscheta, Цхета, Mțheta, Mtsheta, მცხეთა, 姆茨赫塔

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