As I landed in Tbilisi, the capital city of Republic of Georgia, I couldn’t help admire it’s beautiful buildings lit up at night. Georgia is a country full of rich history and distinctively positioned between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
It is surrounded by Russia in the North, Azerbaijan in the East, the Black Sea in the West and both Armenia and Turkey in the South. It is a predominantly Orthodox Christian and reserved Country, which is evident in the people’s beliefs and conservative dressing.
For a foodie and wine lover like me, sampling the delectable food and wine in Tbilisi was worth the short visit. Wine has been produced in the Republic of Georgia for over 8,000 years, making wine an important part of Georgian history.
The State has seen several periods of unrest and conflict since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Walking around Tbilisi, one can easily notice the heavy presence of police and military in certain parts.
The most fascinating thing I noticed about the city is the unique and quirky buildings found here and there.
The Freedom Square, was built in the early 19th Century and has gone through several name changes including being named Erivan Square, under Imperial Russia and Lenin Square, under the Soviet Union.
It is located in the center of Tbilisi and contains picturesque monuments, with the most outstanding and significant one being the Liberty Monument. The gold statues represent a depiction of St. George slaying a dragon.Another fascinating monument is the bust of Alexander Pushkin, the famous Russian poet and author.
The Old Town part of Tbilisi is also known as Altstradt and is a charming section of the City. Apart from the beautiful historic churches and old Georgian architecture still standing, there are many little winding street that yearn to be discovered. Down every lane, one can find authentic Georgian pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a variety of international restaurants.
The area was a former administrative district from 2007 to 2013. It comprises a mix of Neoclassical, Medieval, Arabic and Imperial architecture. It is a great part of Tbilisi to explore and take amazing photos.
This is a small Lake, in Tbilisi that offers lovely views of the water and ducks wading along. I managed to have a relaxing walk along the Lake just before nightfall. Surrounded by beautiful green hills, the lake is serene and calm, which makes it a great spot for picnics, jogging, cycling or just leisurely strolling along. It can get rather chilly in the evenings, so be sure to carry a warm jacket or windbreaker with you.