Tbilisi, Georgia

Old May 27th, 2021, 06:38 AM
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Tbilisi, Georgia

Reading a Dick Francis book, I was first aware of the Georgia in Russia. Francis provided a stereotype of a hard drinking group but with the best food in the country. I just caught a PBS visit to Tbilisi and am enthralled. Off to read more trip reports about this fascinating place. In the meantime, anyone have it on your travel radar?
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Old May 27th, 2021, 06:54 AM
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Just an FYI -- Georgia threads live over on the Asia Forum . . .
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Old May 27th, 2021, 07:30 AM
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Moved to Asia and tagged for Georgia.
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Old May 27th, 2021, 07:34 AM
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My trip to Georgia was a while back, but you can read about it starting here (links at the top of the page): https://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com...ttered-batumi/

It's in Asia by virtue of being east of the Dardanelles, but it's also west of the Urals. I thought it more European than Asian.
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Old May 27th, 2021, 08:26 AM
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Thanks for putting Georgia in its place. 😁

The TV show is "Fly Brother with Ernest White". It will air again at 5 on my MPT station if you are interested.

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We will be in Armenia and Georgia this June. My wife used to work for Synetic Theatre in Arlington, VA which is a movement theatre company started by folks from Georgia and Russia. Their work is truly amazing, and there is a similar theatre company performing right now in Tblisi.

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Georgia is an increasingly popular tourist destination, largely through group tours

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Many travel companies with a particular focus on history, archaeology, mountain scenery, and/or wine visit Georgia, often grouping it with its Transcaucasian neighbors Armenia and sometimes Azerbaijan as well. This threesome is definitely on my list. Armenia was actually the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion (in 303). Georgia and Armenia were Christian bulwarks against the Arab caliphates and the Turks for hundreds of years, and offer castles, churches and monasteries like much of Europe, albeit in a in a distinct architectural vernacular. Here are links to some tours of this area offered by various companies or non-profit groups:

https://www.archaeological.org/tour/...orgia-armenia/ [American Institute of Archaeology]

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/e...tion-packages/ [National Geographic Expeditions]

https://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/...jan/itinerary/ [Smithsonian Journeys]

https://www.geoex.com/trips/caucasus...orgia-armenia/ [Geographic Expeditions]

I think Bradt is widely considered to publish one of the best guides to Georgia.



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No need for a tour. Especially not for an expensive tour, Georgia is a great budget destination.
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I usually travel independently, but there are times when a guide and sometimes a driver is called for, depending on what you want to accomplish and how much time or money you are wiling to spend adjusting to how things operate in another country. Also, there are parts of Armenia and Georgia you can't travel to because of the political situation. The situation on the ground is in flux. For example, in Georgia I am told the upper monastery (Udabno) at Davit Gareja is off limits at the moment. And in Armenia, same goes for the petroglyghs at Ughtasar.

Armenia used to be bigger, both geographically and in terms of population. The Armenian diaspora is enormous. I suspect that so many people in the US know someone of Armenian heritage, so traveling there is not just a question of what's there, but if and how you can relate to it.
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Great info, jeffergray. I like a local tour when the language is not familiar to me.

You're correct, shelemm. a good friend's family was Armenian.
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