The full selection of photos I shot during our trip through Georgia, a beautiful and still relatively unknown country. We spent a whole week there, including a few days in the capital Tbilisi, but also in the mountains of Gadauri and Stepantsminda, the eastern wine region in Naparuli, and a few places around Tbilisi, including the historic Mtskheta. This was a spontaneous trip, and it has definitely been worth it.
Also check out the small travel blog video we did here: https://youtu.be/KkgB6e62xbo
The house opposite our hotel. Like many houses in Georgia, it's half finished and built Lego-style.
Typical street scene in Georgia.
Georgia uses a 33 letter alphabet that derives from Greek.
Stray dogs are very common.
Stairway to the basement
Many shops are located in basements.
Freedom Square Monument
The monument on Freedom Square is of Alexander Pushkin.
Georgia is full of shops selling bread or similar goods, with only a small window to the outside world.
Walking the Bridge of Peace
The Bridge of Peace over the Kura river.
Bridge of Peace
Another shot of the Bridge of Peace from the east banks.
One of the many stray dogs in front of Tbilisi's skyline.
In the church quarters
Tbilisi and Georgia in general is full of churches, here is my travel companion in one of the small church squares.
One of the many churches we saw from inside. While many of them are bare, this one was decorated beautifully.
The way bends...
Driving in Georgia and especially Tbilisi is a whole different thing. Evidence visible here.
I wouldn't trust many of these.
View over Tbilisi
There are many viewpoints over the city. This one is a bit more special, taken from the cable cars over the river.
Cable Cars and Riverside
Again, I wouldn't trust the balconies...
No way around at least one!
Up the Ruins
Up on the ruins of the Narikhala fortress.
Behind Tbilisi near the botanical gardens, you can find a few amazing modern villas.
Another shot of the river side looking north-east.
The rebuilt church in the Narikara fortress.
Waterfalls in the Botanical gardens.
No proper trip without a cat shot.
The most prominent and biggest church in Tbilisi, Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi or otherwise known as Sameba.
Bridge of Peace
The Bridge of Peace again. I haven't figured out what the two buildings behind are.
Old & New
Modern architecture coming up behind Liberty Square, the Millennium Hotel.
Another beautiful church interior.
Metheki church with the cable cars running in front.
A full shot of Sameba Church after sunset. It was built in 2004, the interior work is still ongoing.
The amazing local bread you can find on every street corner.
A shot from one of the very few street crossings.
Another bread baker with the traditional oven.
There are tiny shops all over the city, squeezes in between the buildings.
At the Market
We bought fresh tomatoes, cheese and basil here very late at night.
Trustworthy money exchange shop.
Want to open a Doctor's office? Go to the flea market.
Many of the cars here seem to be permanent fixtures.
This piece of art was created from bird feathers, only.
Open Air Gallery
One way to sell your portraits.
Try your luck
Things you can find at the flea market.
Filters & Lenses
Unfortunately nothing compatible for me.
Couldn't get enough of them, I think we saw 3 dozen in total.
It isn't as new as you'd think.
Another beautiful church, on the Rustaveli Avenue.
Wait and wait...
and a Panda.
Dubai now in Georgia
.. or just playing games.
No Visitors Ever
One way to avoid uninvited visitors is to build your door on the second floor.
Overlooking the city Mtatsminda Park
Another huge and extremely modern property owned by one of the local billionaires up near the botanical garden.
...with the Sameba church overlooking everything.
We gave him money, but he still wasn't quite up for playing...
The Leaning Tower of Tbilisi
Just next to the puppet theatre of the city.
A side streets in the city with one of the many wine bars.
The Irish Pub
Those even exist in Georgia.
House Music by the Fire
We came across these guys having a little session outside in the centre of the city around a little fire place. Of course we had to join in...
Dancing on the Tables
...and then ended up inside dancing on the tables.
With the Bottles
I'm a born bartender.
Looking north into the mountains over the Zhinvali reservoir.
Inside Ananuri Church
One of the less decorated churches, but still impressive.
Probably my favourite scene from the trip so far. The gloomy weather suits in this case.
Driving Up the Mountains
Up towards Gudauri and Stepantsminda into the North.
Church in the Snow
Near Gudauri in the north of the country.
In the Snow
We really weren't prepared for the snow. This is up at around 3000m near Gudauri, there was nothing but white around us.
No Photography Please
People weren't always open for photography. Sometimes I understand them.
On the Way up
On the way up from Gudauri. White.
On the way back down to Gudauri on the cable cars.
Gudauri Ski Slopes
One of the most popular skiing resorts in Georgia.
In the Mountains
Looking towards the Kazbegi mountains near the Russian borders.
Don't Walk Further
This observation platform had a few missing supports in the rail...
In the Mountains
Overlooking the Caucasus.
Our accommodation in Stepantsminda. The next morning, this whole area was white.
View Over Stepantsminda
We made the mistake of walking up to Gergeti Trinity Church, through mud and snow, but in the end, the view was worth it. This is looking towards Stepantsminda, covered in clouds.
Gergeti Trinity Church
The third highest mountain Georgia at over 5000m.
Gergeti Trinity Church
Just hidden in the shade.
We had local Khinkali (dumplings) and Khachapuri (bread), homemade here.
View from the House
Looking towards the south from our accommodation. Stepantsminda is surrounded by mountains all around.
... for one night anyway.
Dangers on the Road...
... are mainly limited to potholes. But there are many of them, as we found out.
This man luckily fixed our tire, in his ultra-modern facilities.
Our next stop was a winery in the east.
Twins Old Cellar
The entrance of the vineyard we stayed at, with its huge kvevri.
Some equipment is global.
The traditional way...
Remember the small window...
Some people were quite open - it was the exception though.
Tweety & Dumbo.
This was where our dinner at Twins Old Cellar was cooked, and it turned out amazing.
Also at Twins Old Cellar.
Our guide explaining how the Georgian Chacha is made, some kind of strong wine vodka. I tried it. Once.
Typical scenes in rural areas.
Locals weren't always open for photography. He didn't mind.
One of the most hauntingly beautiful places I've ever been to.
Alaverdi Monastery Interior
Bare, dark, quiet.
This orthodox monastery was built in the 11th century, but parts of it go back until the 6th century.
Another local who proudly posed for a photo.
Alaverdi Monastery at Dusk
We weren't very lucky with the sky and the weather in general, here is a shot with a bit of texture at least.
Uplistsikhe Cave Complex
One of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, dating back to hundreds of years BC.
View from Uplistsikhe
It was extremely windy that day, but the sheep were still out.
View from Uplistsikhe
We didn't figure out what the ruins at the foot of the mountain were.
Just adjacent to the Uplistsikhe cave complex.
The christian basilica sitting in top of the cave complex.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Courtyard
Located in Mtskheta, this is one of the most important cathedrals in the country and said to also be the burial site of Christ's mantle.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Dome
From the 11th century.
The church is full of beautiful ornaments
Also including this amazingly detailed chandelier.
Looking towards the Jvari Monastery from the Aragvi river in Mtskheta.
View of the city from the hill of the Jvari Monastery.
Jvari Monastery Interior
The monastery alongside the other monuments in the city is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO
The second important landmark in Mtskheta dates from the 6th century.
Back in the capital. The long sticks are Churchakela, nut candy.
There are hundreds of them all over the city, this was one of the nicer ones, owned by our AirBNB host, although that didn't work out in the end.
I tried at least a dozen!
In the aforementioned wine shop.
Different type of Selfie.
From our hotel in the centre of the city.
The old historic neighbourhood of the city.
Tbilisi looks different in the sun, unfortunately we only had the last day with some blue skies.
The small domes are part of the historic sulfur baths in the city.
Are everywhere, we even found a Hofbrauhaus.
Looks like someone didn't separate the whites.
On the last day we visited the National Museum - for half an hour that is, it then closed due to a power cut.
The 130m Tower under construction.
Bridge of Peace
Another shot of the bridge.
The palace at dusk.
City Wall at Dusk
From the rooftop of our hotel.
The mix of old churches and historic buildings alongside questionable soviet architecture is evident in many places across the city..
KGB is still watching you
Yes, this was the name of this restaurant.
We spent our last night in this club under a bridge, since our flight only left at 5am.
Worth it though, this band was pretty good and the local people were simply up for having fun with no fuss.