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  1. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 5, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 5, 2019 :
    Vacation In Georgia
    ( Part 4 )


    Now we're headed to Tsinandali & Borjomi..

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    Traditional architecture with wooden and wrought iron balconies..

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    Statue of King Erekle Heraclius II in Telavi..

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    Sculpture of 'Family of mechanical snails' in Telavi, made of waste metal & glass..

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    The Shumi winery is located in Tsinandali within Georgia’s largest wine region, Kakheti. The word “Shumi” means genuine, undiluted wine.The logo of the winery is a griffin, legend has it that the griffin brought the very first bunch of grapes to the people and it was from these grapes that people started growing vines on earth.

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    In front of the winery you can see about hundreds of different grape varieties.

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    The exhibition hall exhibits ancient wine making accessories found in Georgia, such as grape presses, clay “Qvevri” (pots of great capacity) and various drinking vessels used in ancient Georgia.

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    Imagine if script, bouncer, tibi, wosch, otto2 & NeVeRSeTTle 'accidentally' locked in this place for a day:D this place is a heaven for you guys:p

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    Shumi also offers a free wine tasting of two wines a red and white.
    They also got degustation of 4 wine varieties - Tsinandali white dry, Saperavi red dry, Mukuzani red dry and Kindzmarauli red semi sweet with snacks Georgian bread, Georgian cheese mix, seasonal fruit mix for 12 Euro..

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    House Museum of Chavchavadze in Tsinandali,The manor in the village of Tsinandali is an ancestral estate, a palace of the princely family of Chavchavadze.
    The interior of the 19h century has been restored, there are regular art exhibitions held in the museum & the basement of the palace hosts Kakhetian wine tasting ceremonies.

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    Make a wish..

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    Wine testing & buying :p

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    Chavchavadze invited the best winemakers from Europe with whom he built the first vineyard that produced wines according to European technologies.This is how the popular Tsinandali wine first came to be.The first wines were produced in 1841, and the wine cellar holds over 20,000 of wines bottles that were produced from this date onwards.
    Time: every day 10am - 7pm, free for homeless children's, soldiers & first and second category disabled persons..

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    The St. George’s Monastery of St. Nino, also called the Bodbe Monastery.The monastery was originally built in the 9th century..

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    the St. George Cathedral part of the monastery, holds the remains of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles, who brought Christianity to Georgia.Photography is prohibited but the interior has some really beautiful frescoes.

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    It's time for watermelon:)

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    Reached Borjomi, it's a resort town known for its mineral waters, with springs in Borjomi Central Park.The bottling of mineral water is a major source of income of Borjomi..

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    Blue Palace "Firuza", it's one of the most important historical buildings in Borjomi.Situated at the entrance of the "Mineral Water Park", it was built in 1892 by the consul of Iran and is considered a unique cultural monument.

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    Car belongs to 'Captain' script:D

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    Modern bridge over Borjomula river in Borjomi..

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    Pictures taken from Pro & compressed with YalmCo by Hennes:)

    To Be Continued..
     

  2. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 6, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 6, 2019 :
    Vacation In Georgia
    ( Part 5 )


    Akhaltsikhe, Kumistavi, Gachedili, Kutaisi....

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    Ahmadiyya mosque, historical and architectural monument of the 16 century, located on the territory of the Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe, which has been restored but it is not used for religious services anymore...

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    Ahmadiyya mosque, ablution basin..

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    Rabati Castle, a fortress originally built in 9th century, in that 7 hectares castle complex there is a Church, a Mosque, a Minaret & a Synagogue.

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    Khashuri City..

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    Prometheus Cave Natural Monument also known as Kumistavi Cave is located near the town of Tskhaltubo 20 km away from Kutaisi in Imereti region..

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    The cave was discovered in 1984..

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    They also got an underground light system filled with colourful LED lights..

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    Only one tenth of cave is open for tourists, it takes about an 2 hours to explore it.Inside there are underground lakes and rivers and lot of bat's..

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    Awesome artwork of metal & rocks..

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    Kutaisi square fountain with horse sculpture, Kutaisi.. Here you can find parks, statues, cafes and hotels.There is also a local market, Kutaisi Market, where you can buy food and other local stuff.

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    Martvili is located in Samegrelo region, Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi...

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    Boat tour on river Abasha and beautiful views of mountain river canyon, tourists are allowed to row their boat & lifeguards can be seen at every corner sitting on rocks..Overall great experience..

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    A short paved path leads you through the area with a series of small arched bridges that crisscross the river and lead to viewing areas for the cascades.

    From Martvili to Okatse it takes 30 minutes by car..
    From the carpark it takes 55 minute walk to reach the Okatse canyon.

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    Along the canyon several waterfalls could be found, this one called Kinchkha Waterfall..

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    The newly built skywalk is the main attraction here and runs between the trees along the edge of the canyon culminating in a free hanging platform that juts out over the abyss...

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    Picture taken from skywalk which is 1km long & over 50 metres above the canyon..

    Pictures taken from Pro & compressed with YalmCo by Hennes:)

    To Be Continued....
     

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  3. TibiTibi Nougat Aug 6, 2019

    TibiTibi, Aug 6, 2019 :
    You planted an idea.
    We need a big kick.
    Take us a level deeper.
     

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  4. otto2 Lollipop Aug 6, 2019

    otto2, Aug 6, 2019 :
    Oh, another day in paradise.. erm... Georgia? Maybe we should meet there one day? I remember the fountain of Kutaisi, and some more places. My son and i had a great time in Georgia.
     

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  5. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 7, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 7, 2019 :
    Vacation In Georgia
    ( Part 6 )


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    The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori.The museum exhibits re-create scenes from the life of the leader and include rare photos, gifts and furniture.The house where Stalin was born is also preserved under a stone canopy nearby...

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    Stalin’s personal coach with interior, by which he had travelled to Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam.

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    Stalin's personal railway carriage.The green pullman armour plated carriage which weighs 83 tons..

    Working hours of museum : Everyday 10am–6pm in summer, 10am–5pm in winter..


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    Virgin Mary Cathedral, it was built as a Catholic church between 1806 and 1810. In 1920, it was heavily damaged by an earthquake.During Soviet times Gori’s Music School was situated in the church.The building was handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church in the 1990s...

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    The Memorial of Georgian Warrior Heroes.The memorial consists of warriors seated in a circle on individual rough hewn stone blocks.
    The Memorial is located at the foot of Gori Fortress..

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    View of Gori..

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    Gori City Hall, it's a administrative building in Gori. this hall has been a target of shelling by Russian troops during the 2008 Russian - Georgian War..

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    The Ancient Caves of Uplistsikhe, Fortress of the Lord.The 3000 years old ancient cave city was built on a rocky bank of the Mtkvari River,15 kilometres east of the town of Gori.

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    Archaeologists have unearthed numerous temples and findings relating to a sun goddess, worshipped prior to the arrival of Christianity...

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    The 9th century basilica on top of the cave..

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    Door of that church..

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    The views from the cliff over the village and the Mtkvari River..

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    Excavations have revealed artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages.

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    The ruins of the ancient city..

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    Now, it's on the UNESCO list..

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    Sport Palace, Built in 1961, it's an indoor sports arena.This arena usually hosts basketball, boxing, tennis, karate and other games.It's also a largest basketball designed arena in all of the former USSR successor states...

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    Bank of Georgia headquarters, used to house the Soviet Ministry of Roads was built in 1975. It's a one of the best examples of constructivism style.Bank of Georgia acquired the building in 2007 and decided to turn it into its future headquarters.
    In 2007 the building was conferred an Immovable Monument status under the National Monuments Acts.

    Pictures taken from Pro & compressed with YalmCo by Hennes:)

    To Be Continued....
     

  6. TibiTibi Nougat Aug 7, 2019

    TibiTibi, Aug 7, 2019 :
    I'm still thinking about your idea to make a trip there. :cool:

    A lot of nice photos.

    This is also a padding post to take a breath between the chapters. The browser is crying while
    loading this amount of buntyful photos.
    :D
     

  7. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 8, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 8, 2019 :
    Vacation In Georgia
    ( Part 7)


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    Jvari Monastery, The name of this monastery translated as the "Monastery of the Cross"...

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    It's a 6th century Georgeon Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta..
    In the early 4th century a wooden cross was erected over a sanctuary on a rocky mountain top , the cross symbolized the fall of paganism and rise of Christianity in Georgia.The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the country,later a larger church was constructed directly above the site of the wooden cross, the base of which is still visible inside the church...


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    The base of the Cross..

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    Confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. .

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    This Church is still used today for major celebrations...

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    In 2004 this monastery was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta and was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009.


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    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta is about 20 km from Tbilisi...

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    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.Svetitskhoveli in Georgian means " The Life Giving Pillar" .
    In the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when jesus was crucified. Elias bought jesus robe from a Roman soldier and brought it back to Georgia.Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions by the sacred robe.The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it.The place where Sidonia is buried with jesus robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Later, from her grave grew a cedar tree,later that cedar chopped down to build the church, St. Nino had seven columns made from it for the church's foundation.The seventh column is magical and fly by itself into the air. It came down after St. Nino prayed the whole night. It was further said that from the magical seventh column a sacred liquid flowed that cured people of all diseases...

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    Jesus Painting on top, that's how Jesus looks Originally.This is only and original painting of Jesus in this World..

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    Fresco of Jesus.

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    Tomb of Erekle II in the Cathedral.
    Ten Georgian kings are known to have been buried in the cathedral, although only six tombs have been found..

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    Fragments of a 13th century Beast of the Apocalypse and figures of the Zodiac..

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    A 17th century Ciborium under which the robe of Jesus is said to have been buried..

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    Part of the Cedar Wood..

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    A small stone church was built inside the Cathedral,this church is a symbolic copy of the Chapel of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.It marks Svetitskhoveli as the second most sacred Christian place in the world after the Church of Jerusalem..

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    One of the greatest religious holidays of Georgia is Mtskhetoba Svetitskhovloba is dedicated to the Life Giving Pillar and the Tunic of the God. It is marked two times a year on 13th July and 14th October..

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    Svetitskhoveli is the second largest church in Georgia after the Sameba Cathedralin in Tbilisi and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Shopping time:)

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    Pictures taken from Pro and compressed by YalmCo by Hennes:)

    To Be Continued..

     

  8. script Nougat Moderator Aug 8, 2019

    script, Aug 8, 2019 :
    Wonderful post, great pictures and super great text. Again, another pearl from lovely best @buntycubal

    It's a trip inside your trip to read and watch this. Also, great structured. Very very good. Plus, it's obvious that you had really a great time full of wonders.
     

  9. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 8, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 8, 2019 :
    Thank you Captain, Glad you like it.
    Thank You so much for the good words:)
     

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  10. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 9, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 9, 2019 :
    Vacation In Georgia
    ( Part 8 )


    Back again in Tbilisi - last 2 days.

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    Building overgrown with ivy & full of bugs:D

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    Nikoloz Baratashvili Street...

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    Gigantic bike statue at Rose Revolution Square, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi..

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    The Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi..

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    Georgian Parliament Building..


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    Georgian Museum of Fine Arts Building, it's the only building in Georgia built to house art exhibitions..

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    The National Gallery..

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    Tbilisi map on Meidan Bazaar Ceiling..

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    Meidan Bazaar, This is in the underground tunnel shops where you can buy all Georgian hand made stuff, souvenirs, wines, antiques, etc. all in one place, Everything is 'Made in Georgia' products in here...

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    Statue of lamplighter in Baratashvili Street..

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    The leaning tower of Tbilisi in the Old Town.A tower on the perpetual brink of falling down and only a steel beam holding the tower in place.It's attached to the puppet theatre of renowned puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze...

    One of the key reasons to visit Georgia is it's location in the lower Caucasus mountain range, the High Caucasus are stunning, dotted with picturesque villages and ancient churches.This means there is ample hiking (best in spring and autumn ) as well as skiing in the winter months.Wine is a big part of the Georgian culture and archaeologists found the oldest traces of wine production in present day Georgia.The wine production dates back as far as 8000 BC.
    This country is dotted with monasteries and churches, giving the country a visible and strong Christian presence.Tbilisi is a charming city and one of my favorite spots in the world.You can fill many weeks just exploring the town.
    Georgia is a very safe country to visit, Cops are everywhere and People's are extremely nice:)

    Pictures taken from Pro and Compressed in YalmCo by Hennes:)

    Thanks to Otto2 for giving me opportunity to post my Georgian vacation story in this thread..

    Best Wishes:)
     

  11. script Nougat Moderator Aug 9, 2019

    script, Aug 9, 2019 :
    Many Thank you's to you, Buntycubal

    Awesome post, Buntyful and informative, and funny. Extra great.
     

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  12. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 9, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 9, 2019 :
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  14. buntycubal Marshmallow Aug 9, 2019

    buntycubal, Aug 9, 2019 :
    Thank you sooo much tibi:)

    Georgia got all Tibi stuff - mountains, trekking, paragliding, ski resort , adventure, wines, & tbilisi nightclubs , you should visit there...
     

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  15. TibiTibi Nougat Aug 11, 2019

    TibiTibi, Aug 11, 2019 :
    Title: Postcard from Nowhere
    Quick edit of travel time with train.
    Location: Super east of Slovakia.

     

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    Texasaggie1, Aug 14, 2019 :
    these pictures are amazing! nice work. It looks so interesting there
     

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