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Footloose In Tbilisi


It is only a 10 mt. walk from Narikala Hill to Sioni Church. At the entrance to Sioni Street, an odd looking bronze statue sits glistening in the morning sun. It is the Tamada, the formidable toast master of  the traditional Georgian feast, the Supra, where phenomenal quantities of food and wine are put away.…

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The Ancient Fortress Of Narikala


Narikala dominates the skyline of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Its two walled sections sit on a steep hill between the Sulphur Baths and the Botanical Gardens. The fortress was constructed in the 4th century and was expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder in the 11th. The…

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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…