Georgia, an underrated country. Whether it's the people of Georgia conquering your heart within seconds and treating you like family, or the vast mixture of culture boasting from different countries around the world (Russia in the north, Turkey in the West, Armenia and Iran in the South and Azerbaijan in the East) you can't help but fall in love with Georgia!
I started my trip in Kazbegi and stayed for 1 night at the design hotel ROOMS Kazbegi. Autumn is such a special season because you get the best colors.
Sitting, breathing the fresh mountain air, eating good food was enough for me. But you could also see all the views from a helicopter. Or go hiking, which is a popular activity there.
Next I joined the group in Tbilisi where we spent most nights. My favorite hotel was the new STAMBA hotel which is housed in an old publishing house (stamba in Georgian means printing house). You will be impressed from the minute you enter the hotel, the interior architecture is perfect with industrial splendor, a glass-bottom rooftop pool is visible from the ground floor up, an original printing paraphernalia hangs throughout, and in front of you is the Aviator Casino. Also I highly recommend the new Bioli Wellness resort which is 30min drive from Tbilisi, with fantastic views. For me I t was a perfect relaxing ending to my trip.
There is so much to see in Georgia, but you have to be prepared for long drives. Or maybe helicopter transfers.
The food is very tasty and the typical Georgian meal is a feast (Supra), with multiple dishes. I recommend you try the khachapuri which is a cheese filled flat bread, and the khinkali (Georgian dumplings) which is Georgia’s national dish. Wine is Georgia’s pride and joy. Archaeologists found the oldest traces of wine production in present-day Georgia. They have a unique clay-jar process of winemaking that has made it onto the UNESCO list for Intangible Heritage. My favorite was Schuchmann wine.
One more thing that is very famous is their water “borjomi” that comes from the borjomi spring.
Georgia is dotted with churches, monasteries, and fortresses. But if I were to recommend just one, I would say Svetitskhoveli Cathedral which is not too far from Tbilisi and gives a good overview of Georgian religious beliefs and practices.
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