The Georgian Supra


Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and the wild Caucasian Mountains is a beautiful country. It is hard not to fall in love with this ancient land where wine originated 8000 years ago. Georgians love their food and wine and have elevated eating and drinking to a fine art. They call it the Supra. Recently, UNESCO…

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.…

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…

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.…

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.…