|beautiful balconies near Pushkin street|
Next week, I will start with Sololaki for a great photo safari. We are in search of beauty and realism. Luka will be my companion, tchemi patara pedagogi.
|Rustaveli, an inspiration to all|
|fruits, veggies and all kinds of goodies|
|grapes in downtown Tbilisi|
|still don't know what that is, but it is cool.|
|China is so much closer here..|
The bazaris, or open-air markets, are going to disappear soon, as the government is trying to bring in more shopping centers with big names such as Carrefour, Zara, H&M, etc..For now, they are what remains of the great Silk Road, a mixture of goods from all over, and also, and especially close to my heart, local products made by local people. Give a pair of knitted Georgian socks anytime, rather than a Chinese or European knock-off version!
|wool and other yarns. Vagzlis Bazari/Didube|
Sitting on the balcony on a summer or fall evening, as temperatures slowly fall, is delightful. A lot of Georgians move their beds to the balconies in the summer, to escape the sweltering heat of the day. Today, September 13th, 2014, it is still 30+ Celsius.. Great if you arrive from Northern Europe, where I have already taken out my sheepskin slippers out..
A mixture of ancient, very ancient, and very modern is what makes Tbilisi such an interesting place to visit. The Bridge of Peace is one of those examples that bridges modern and ancient, going from the park of Rike, with its ultra modern additions, to Kala, and the Charden district, or Old Town. The harmonious lines of the bridge do not alter the landscape, but rather....bridge it...
|The bridge of Peace|
|This walk is not for the weak at heart.|
On the way to Betlemis Eklesia.
The beautiful golden statue of George
slaying the dragon on the main plaza,
called "tavisuplebis moedani",
or Freedom Square.
Anyway, the metro lines, for the most part, go deep within the ground. It is amazing. And...you can get in trouble with the person that is sitting watching traffic at the bottom of the elevator stairs. No pics, please! Why? Yeah, this is an "illegal" pic of an elevator. :)
|Wonderful fig trees and balconies|
Here is a link to an old part of Tbilisi, called Sololaki.On Dadiani Street, close to Freedom Square, you can see some amazing old buildings. The one above is number 8. The wall paintings are very cool. The doors are usually open since it is an apartment house.
|lovely statue on|
|If you make to the top of the hill, here is what awaits you.|
|ebony and ivory grapes,|
a lovely arbor in front of Ateshgah
|Ateshgah is a zoroastrian temple|
|On the way up the hill, by way of Asatiani street|
make sure to see the Betlemi churches.
Can you find the two churches on that hill?
It is worth climbing to see it, because the way up is also a beautiful walk..
|Jvaris Mama Church, at the bottom of the hill|
on Ierusalimi Street
|Many weddings happen in Sioni.|
|Charden Street is quickly becoming a tourist trap...|
but it is pretty.
|Carpet store next to Sioni|
|Going across the Bridge of Peace and over gives you a fantastic view|
of Rike Park and the Lower Caucasus Mountains
There are many areas worth visiting in Tbilisi. I recommend...all of them. The Office of Tourism can help you decide. They have absolutely all it takes to cater to all tastes. Take good sturdy shoes, as roads can be sometimes in poor state. The place is nothing but hills too, so, hills, yes...heels...no..
|Of course! Was there a doubt?|
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