After visiting a specific Tsdo village in Georgia our host told us that there is a shortcut road that would lead us easily back to the main road. “Just follow the pipeline and you won’t get lost.” At first glance it seemed to be a perfect trail through the beautiful wild grass fields that touched our waists. After some time the road became more and more wild and we realised that it would be a proper hike along a steep rocky downhill.Continue Reading
During our stay in the municipality of Kazbegi we were told about a mysterious village called Tsdo – place, where only 5 families live, and in which an old pagan ritual of slaughtering the lambs takes place once a year. As if we would need even more encouragement to visit it, location of this place is quite unique. Settled up on the hill, it’s last village on the scenic Georgian Military Road (that would need another post itself) before the Russian border in Dariali. Sounding like a real rural and authentic area we had to experience it, see it with our own eyes.
The mining city of Chiatura is truly a place to visit! There we found our inside adventurers when we commute with cable cars that were installed in 1954 (!) by the Stalinist government. It’s both exciting and quite stressful to have a possibility to ride high above the ground en route to various parts of the city.Continue Reading
Tskaltubo – in its heyday luxurious spa town, currently, city dotted with abandoned sanatoriums and bathhouses. Although it’s around 10km from Kutaisi in which, yet again we appeared, till the last moment not knowing if we will find time to check it. Oh, how much we would miss out if we would not hitchhike there!
It was our curiosity that led us to the right way to find the Hotel Metalurgi. We had spent the whole day walking around Tskaltubo experiencing its abandoned sanatoriums. Our legs were tired, but hunger to see more was strong. Finally, we spotted the facade of the hotel hiding in the dense forest and its impressive look was tempting us to go further.
It was time for us to explore the Vardzia cave monastery in southern Georgia. To get there we travelled a road starting from Khertvisi. The road follows Mtkvari River passes through narrow canyons and rocky hillsides. The views are amazing and we were like little kids whispering each others ear: “Wow look at those rocks.. look, loooook!!”
In Vardzia our enthusiasm continued when we walked through its magic hallways, caves and secret tunnels, trying to imagine how people were living there in its glorious days. For us it was amazing to explore such a place full of interesting history.Continue Reading
Hearing the storm and the howling wind outside, we could feel that the village we’re sleeping in is at altitude of 2047 metres. We mentioned to each other how lucky we were to avoid setting up a tent that night and went to back to sleep.Continue Reading