A Little Crush… Uncovering the Charms of Tbilisi, Georgia
15 February, 2016
A Little Crush… Uncovering the Charms of Tbilisi, Georgia
(1 / 7) Next
A famous travel blog A Little Adrift publishes an article about adventures in Georgia. Shannon O’Donnell shares her experience of visiting the capital, Tbilisi. Enjoy the reading:

“Maybe it was the wine. Or perhaps it was the latticed balconies? The unfettered hospitality played a part. And the idyllic scenery was persuasive. For the life of me, I can’t pin down precisely what made Tbilisi, Georgia so charming.

Since I left the country in late October, I took on the mantle of fangirl for the Republic of Georgia. I gush about it to any willing ear. I returned home late last year to holiday dinners and nights spent playing cards with friends. Between these engagements, I edited photos from my fall travels. Each night, with a swipe of the keyboard, a new image flashed on the screen. Like a slide projector warming up, memories flickered into my consciousness. Each cropped and straightened photo rekindled my crush on this beautiful little city in the far east of Europe...

On the edge of the Caucasus Mountains, the country is neighbored by cultures as varied as its topography. Once a stop on the Silk Road, the city became a confluence of the civilizations over the millennia. This peculiar positioning means Georgia is considered a part of Europe or Asia, depending on who you ask. And you would be forgiven for wondering if it’s a part of the Middle East. But the actual vibe: It’s European.

Today’s Georgia is Eastern Orthodox — to the tune of 84%. Monasteries and churches stand proud on mountain peaks around the country. This religious history is important to modern Georgia. That said, despite the overwhelming presence of Christianity, other cultures and religions also found perch in Georgia over the centuries. My wanders through Tbilisi uncovered mosques, synagogues, and even a Zoroastrian temple.
geotv.ge
Shannon O’Donnell in Georgia

And while a country’s ancient history plays a part in any trip, so too does recent history. Georgia was a part of the former Soviet Union. The country also dealt with political and social unrest throughout the 90s and early aughts. I’ll confess to forgetting the bulk of my World History course in 9th grade. Before I landed, I took to the internets and online readings to flesh out my understanding. I read up on not only the Soviet Union, but the also country’s complex present-day relationship
with Russia. Important to understand is the history of the two Russian occupied areas of Georgia that are depicted on the map — South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

For countries with recently attained peace, understanding a foundational history is paramount. It shapes the experience with compassion and empathy. It invites the visitor deeper into the psyche of the culture and people. Only by understanding the past could I so enjoy what makes Georgia unique. It’s the resilience of the Georgian that spirit shapes my favorite aspects of traveling there. My memories float to the surface, begging to be shared. Like the delicate smile of a new courtship, the city flirts with visitors. Tbilisi won me over with subtle charms and gentle nudges. Let’s look at the aspects of Tbilisi, Georgia that stand out most prominent in my memories.

Continue reading and view the photos:
(1 / 7) Next
Other Stories
Life in the clouds: Ushguli, highest village in Europe
Daily Mail publishes an article about Ushguli, Georgia's highland village. A photographer captured stunning pictures of the Georgian countryside
Gona village in Racha – Unknown “Switzerland” in Georgia
The beautiful village Gona that can also be called the ‘Little Switzerland’, is located in Oni municipality of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region of Georgia.
You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Been to Tbilisi’s Art Cafés
Georgian art cafes represent Tbilisi’s yet another captivating feature beside its landmarks that attract tourists so much.
Portrait of Napoleon’s famous Mamluk sold for 32 000 USD
Georgian historian Alexandre Mikaberidze ,who has published more than fifteen work on the Napoleonic era,
New discovery of 5000 year old grapes suggests Georgia is the cradle of viticulture
“Traces of grape pollen from the world's first vineyard have been discovered inside an animal-shaped ceramic jar used in ritual ceremonies”,
Georgia among world’s  cheapest countries to emigrate to
The Telegraph published a list of world’s 20 cheapest countries to emigrate to.
Mzemoe! – Tusheti Awaits
Hidden deep in the Caucasus Mountains, the region’s villages cling to dizzyingly steep slopes that are as picturesque
Georgia listed among 10 places that deserve more travelers by National Geographic
National Geographic published a list of 10 countries that deserve more travelers.
 Extraordinary wedding shoot in Georgia’s natural wonders
Georgia is rich in beautiful sights and natural wonders that often serve as perfect locations for wedding shoots.
New discovery allegedly proves Georgia is the birthplace of wine culture
Yet another discovery in Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli region has provided a new proof that this country is the birthplace of wine.
“Tbilisi is like a European city that grew up in a different universe” – Georgia on Chris Morgan’s mind
The Guardian has published famous author Chris Morgan Jones’s article where the writer shares his impressions on Georgia
Basin on Mercury named after Georgian poet by NASA
Did you know that the name of the legendary Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli, has crossed the borders of Georgia and went farther than anyone could have imagined?
Night Tbilisi captured from 33rd floor
Photos of night Tbilisi shot from 33-storey building by Georgian photographer Giorgi Isakadze
Georgia ranked second among world's best ancient civilizations by US website
Georgia has been ranked second among the best ancient civilizations in the world by an American website named The Top Tens.
Georgia’s unique Muradi Cave featured on Bored Panda
Georgian photographer named Achi Gegenava photographed Muradi Cave in Georgia’s Racha region that was discovered
Alice Feiring’s “Odyssey through the world’s most ancient wine culture” in Georgia
Alice Feiring, the author of the famous book named ‘For the Love of Wine
2017 declared the year of Georgia in Bordeaux, France
France’s city of Bordeaux declared 2017 as the year of Georgia.
 5 oldest artifacts from Georgia that changed the world
1. Remains of ancient human beings – 1.8 million years old
The 12 best dayhikes in Georgia
Travel enthusiast Jozef from Slovakia, who runs his personal website named Caucasus-trekking.com about Caucasus,
7 great treks in Georgia for every type of hiker
"The Country of Georgia lies between the Black and Caspian sea, at the border between Europe and Asia. Known also as “Gem of the Caucasus”,
17 things to know before you go to Georgia
Foreign journalist Tara Isabella Burton whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Al Jazeera, BBC, and more,
A Fierce Toast From Alice Feiring’s Drinking Horn - The New York Times
The New York Times has dedicated an article to natural-wine advocate Alice Feiring,
The Street of Colored Umbrellas in Rustavi – Take a joyful walk
The spring has come and Georgian towns are coming to life again.
Why travel to Georgia?
Have you ever wondered why to travel to Georgia?
The Essentials - Georgia Budget Travel Must Haves
What are the main items one might need when in Georgia
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.3200
EUR
1
EUR
2.5861
GBP
1
GBP
3.1232
RUB
100
RUB
3.6156
Other Stories
Enjoy unique views of Tusheti, get to know local folklore, take part in traditional games and other events,
As touristic season is approaching, Georgia’s seaside city of Batumi attracts more and more attention.
Renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain travels across the globe
Polish photographer Magdalena Konik who has traveled to Georgia’s beautiful eastern region of Kakheti,
The American Christian-oriented religious television network CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) visited Georgia to explore its centuries-long Christian roots.
Although winter season has already gone, Georgia’s highland regions still offer winter sport lovers lots of snow
The popular videographer and filmmaker agency Robbie RG commercial that is famous with its fascinating videos of whole Georgia,
CNN's Anthony Bourdain and Anderson Cooper talk about the Republic of Georgia's move away from its gangster past.
Famous American chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain visited Georgia.
Perhaps sometimes a foreigner can better show your own country and help to realize how lucky you are to live in this paradise.
July 2016
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31