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The View From Metekhi


The 13th century Church of the Virgin sits on a crag over the Mtkvari River with the equestrian statue of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the founder of Tbilisi, below it   It is a hot day in Tbilisi and it getting hotter as the morning advances. Mumtar drives us to the little car park below Metekhi Church.…

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The Old Tiflis Of Tbilisi


The Maidan or old town of Tbilisi is huddled between the Mtkvari River and the Narikala Citadel. Old buildings here are being reborn as small, characterful boutique hotels. Old Tiflis, which I love, is one of them.   It was late at night when I reach Old Tiflis. My room is on the third floor.…

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Flying To Georgia


  I flew out of Manchester one Wednesday afternoon. Two days later, I arrived in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.   September is a good time to visit Georgia. The weather is balmy and the grape harvest is in full swing. Since I last visited Georgia three years ago, I have been yearning for the…

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A Vineyard In Myanmar


“Burma’s e-Visa service opens as country hopes to attract 5m tourists a year by 2015″ The Telegraph reported the other day. It has not been that easy in the past. Four years ago, I  had trouble getting a visa in London but was given one over the counter in Sri Lanka!   I flew to…

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Walking The Camino – Melide to Ribadiso


 “…Walking the 14 km section of the French Way from Melide to Ribadiso is an ideal way to sample the Camino de Santiago…”   El Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James is the pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia , where tradition has it that the remains of…