Georgia

The Military Road to Russia

On the way north we first visited the church of Samtavisi and then reached the Military road, leading from Tibilisi north to the Russian border. We came past the castle of Ananuri and the skiing resort of Gudauri, with the Georgian-Russian friendship monument, before we crossed the Jvari pass with 2,379 metres. We ended south …

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Heard about Uplistsikhe?

East of Gori lies the ancient rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe, meaning “the lord’s fortress”. Built on a high rocky bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. When we arrived it was sunny but soon clouds moved in and a cold wind made us cover up as …

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The Soviet Grand Hotels of Tsqaltubo

Tsqaltubo is known for its radon-carbonate mineral springs, whose natural temperature of 33–35 °C enables the water to be used without preliminary heating for balneotherapies. The “Spring No. 6”, the largest thermal bath and still open, was built in 1950 exclusively for Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union at the time. The spa was especially popular in the Soviet era, attracting around …

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Glacier hike @ Mestia

The forecast predicted rain, but when we saw some sunshine coming through the morning fog, we decided to go on the hike to the Chalaadi Glacier, and drove the dirt road up to the start. You first cross the river over a hanging bridge and then walk through the forest, until after a bend, the …

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On the road to Mestia

We were checking the weather, trying to find out where to go next. In the end we decided to go to Mestia, as the weather forecast was not too bad, and we didn’t think that it would get much better, closer to winter. The Enguri Dam is  one of the highest concrete arch dams in the world with …

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One more day in Batumi

We had spent the night at a parking, which probably every camper uses in Batumi, close to the beach and the center, but at the same time quiet enough. We still needed some spare parts for the shocks, getting our washing done and a haircut, but we also wanted to visit 2 museums and the …

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