Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kazbegi. Good-bye Georgia.

This is my last post about 15 days in Georgia in July, 2010.  All pictures are here
Tomorrow early in the morning I am leaving for Norway to join my ship.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alazani Valley.

Georgian roads.

Georgian cows are close relatives of Indian cows. They like to walk along the highways not paying much attention to the passing cars.

Sighnaghi - Town of Love...

In the morning my friend come to say "Hi!":

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vardzia. Lost.

After visit to Cave Monastery I still had time. From the Lonely Planet and bill-board at the road I found that some Swiss Organization marked several hiking routes. So I chose one to Upper Vardzia 6 km long with expected time 1 hour 55 minutes. (It is famous Swiss accuracy))). Starting point I found with the help of local teenagers, because sign was hidden behind of high road curb. After that it was easy to follow the arrows:

But when I come to such a sign I was confused a little bit.

After searching around I found I was not the first traveler lost here.

I paid respect to Unknown Tourist and continued to climb up the mountain.

When I came down to the valley I discovered colony of sea-gulls. Local people said they come to Vardzia every summer.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vardzia. Cave Monastery

From Batumi I was going to Vardzia. Firstly to Akhaltsikhe via Khulo. Road via Khulo is closed for winter months but it passing through the valleys, along the mountain rivers and over high passages. Then from Akhaltsikhe I took marshrutka to Vardzia.


 From Svaneti I went to Zugdidi, met Koba, had cup of tea with him, and in two hours started to Batumi by another marshrutka. In Batumi I spent less than twenty four hours, so my pictures are just humble attempt to show this beautiful city.