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Jun 18, 2013 08:00 PM End of great trip

Our flight was scheduled to depart just before noon, so we didn't have to rush in the morning. We had mediocre breakfast at the hotel and took a taxi to the airport (20 GEL, bargained from 25). We shared it with a Polish girl who lived next door to our hotel. It takes less than half an hour to get to the brand new Kutaisi airport. The check-in was smooth and we had plenty of time at the airport but sadly there's nothing to do there. There's even no duty free shop at this airport now.
This is the end to our short yet very enjoyable trip to Georgia. It is visible that tourist numbers are on the rise in this country so hurry up before it gets spoiled.



Jun 17, 2013 08:00 PM Around Kutaisi

We left Tbilisi at 9 a.m. and reached Kutaisi 3,5 hrs later. We didn't expext much from this city that found its place in our itinerary only thanks to the fact our flight to Warsaw leaves from the local airport. Hpwever it surprised us in a positive way. There are a few sights to see. The city is nothing special. The only tourist attraction we found interesting is UNESCO-listed Bagrati Cathedral. However this is listed as an ensangered sight because of the restoration that changed the temple considerably.
We also took a taxi to visited some places outside the city. First we went to Gelati monastery - one of the holiest places for Georgians. We found the place very interesting, and especially liked wall paintings inside. When we got in the taxi to continue to Motsameta monastery a Ukrainian couple asked to join us. We gladly agreed. Then we decided to visit one more place together - the Prometheus Cave. The 1 hr (1,5 kilometer long) took us through this spectacular cave with nice lighting underlying the most interesting formations. The cave is as long as 20 kms but only a small piece of it is open for tourists.



Jun 16, 2013 08:00 PM Back in Tbilisi

In the morning we went to see the monastery of St Nino in Bodbe. It's around 30 minute walk from Signagi. The monastery is nice to see but we have seen many already so it did't impress us much although the wall paintings inside the church were very nice. After returning to Signagi we caught the 1 p.m. marshrutka to Tbilisi for 6 lari. We arrived at the guesthouse after 3 p.m. and after refreshing ourselves we went for lunch to unbeatable local eatery Racha on Lermontovi str. in the old town. Our favourites are mushrooms, aubergine with walnut paste and Abhazura (kind of fried minced meat balls). Then we enjoyed walking in the city, especially along Rustaveli ave. There is a nice French cafe there called Entree with excellent coffee (illy) and tasty pastries.



Jun 15, 2013 08:00 PM From Kazbegi to Kakheti

We left Kazbegi at 9 a.m. by marshrutka. It should have taken three houra to get to Tbilisi but due to roadworks we had to wait for the road to open for almost an hour. This way we missed the marshrutka leaving to Sighnaghi in the wine region of Kakheti. We reached Sighnaghi at 4:30 p.m. Lado, the owner of the gesthouse we booked through hostelbookers was waiting for us at marshrutka stop and brought us by car to his place. The rooms are simple and have seen better days and the bathroom is a bit smelly but I managed to fix it (somebody forgot to put the top lid on the waterhole in the floor from where the bad smell was coming). In the afternoon we had a walk around the town and spent nice time at the open air restaurant of Hotel Solomoni. After returning to Nato and Lado guesthouse we were invited to dine with the owners' family and other guests. We spent nice time talking, eating and drinking local wine and chacha.



Jun 14, 2013 08:00 PM Around Kazbegi

As I mentioned before there is a taxi mafia in Kazbegi which means all the trips around are very expensive. It turned out that bike rental is also pricey - there is only one place renting bikes so there is a monopoly. We decided to walk and hitchhike. First we went to the north of the town - in the direction of the border with Russia to see the waterfalls close to the village of Gveleti. The first car that we hailed was a taxi, but we took it as the driver wanted 5 lari only to bring us to Gveleti. The path that leads to the waterfall requires 40 min of walking uphill, but it's well worth the effort. The waterfall is very powerfull and the setting is picturesque. Actually all the way offers great views of high rugged mountains.
After geetting to the main road we hitchhiked to the crossroads there the road to the Sno Valley starts. It is 4 kms to the south of Kazbegi. From there we walked 4 kms to the village of Sno. The walk was very enjoyable with great views. The village itself was pretty too. Its main sight is an old tower, but its purpose is unknown to me (the village isn't described in any guidebook nor there was info on the spot) but it could be a defensive structure.
After we walked back to the main road we tried to hitchhike but it took us some time before we got picked up. We returned to Kazbegi on a bus bringing a school excursion from Batumi. Tommorrow we are heading for Kakheti region famous for its wines.



Jun 14, 2013 08:00 PM Around Kazbegi

As I mentioned before there is a taxi mafia in Kazbegi which means all the trips around are very expensive. It turned out that bike rental is also pricey - there is only one place renting bikes so there is a monopoly. We decided to walk and hitchhike. First we went to the north of the town - in the direction of the border with Russia to see the waterfalls close to the village of Gveleti.



Jun 13, 2013 08:00 PM Hiking in the mountains

The prime sight of Kazbegi is the church of Gergeti located on the hilltop towering Kazbegi. To get there we walked up for around 1,5 hours climbing from 1750 to almost 2200 meters above sea level. You can also take a taxi which costs a hefty 40 lari or so for a 7 km ride. There seems to be a taxi mafia in Kazbegi and all taxi fares are heavily inflated.
Having spent some time at the church and around it we continued walking up towards the glacier. After some time we split and our friends continued to the glacier while we had a less strenuous walk at lower altitude, but still well above the Gergeti church. From the mountains surrounding the church there are great views to enjoy and it's definitely spend the whole day in the area. We returned to Kazbegi by 7 p.m. and had dinner at the same place as yesterday.



Jun 12, 2013 08:00 PM Georgian Military Highway

At 9:30 we met our friends at Didube metro station. We found a taxi driver who was ready to go to Kazbegi with stops on the way and visiting Mtskheta on the way for 130 Lari.
First we went to Jvari church near Mtskheta. The church is beautifully located on a hilltop towering Mtskheta. Later on we continued to Mtskheta whose prime sight is the cathedral. After visiting Mtskheta we set off for Kazbegi in the High Caucasus. On the way we stopped at Ananuri where we visited a fortress and a Church located over a turquoise water reservoir. The view was stunning.
After another 40 minutes or so we stopped at Jvari pass. There are viewing platforms that allow you to marvel at the beauty of the high mountains surrounding you.
We arrived in Kazbegi by 5 p.m. The owner of guesthouse Anano was waiting for us at drove us to his place. The owner and his wife are very nice people. They speak English and Russian. We dined at Khevi restaurant recommended by the landlady. The food was good and reasonably priced. We spend the evening drinking wine and chatting.



Jun 11, 2013 08:00 PM Walking in Tbilisi

We decided to spend the whole day in Tbilisi. The prevuous days we were doing daytrips because weather in Tbilisi was awful with lots of raining. First we had a walk along Rustaveli str. - the main drag of the capital full of historical buildings. Later on we headed for the old town. There are many churches to visit and one of the most interesting ones is the cathedral. Men should wear trousers while women - dress when entering a church. We also went to the fortress located on a hill overlooking the old town. The view is well worth the climb or a short taxi ride. Soon a cable car will open to get to the top.
In the evening we went to a highly-tripadvisor-rated Pasanauri restaurant located off Rustaveli str. but I our first choice Racha served better food and offered better local food selection. This was our last day in Tbilisi - tomorrow we are goin to the High Caucasus.



Jun 10, 2013 08:00 PM Cave monastery of David Gareja

Today we took a taxi from Tbilisi to David Gareja. It was rather cheap - we paid only 60 lari incl. waiting time. It was cheaper than the guidebooks say. It took us 2 hrs to get to David Gareja. There is no admission fee to the site. Actually is a monastery where the monks still live. We visited the church and climbed the mountain to see the cave chapels on the other side. There was also a great view of Azerbaijan on the other side of the mountain - green undulating hills and a big lake. We were back in Tbilisi by 5 p.m. and dined again in Racha.

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