Signagi, Georgia – Walking the Wall

The fortress wall was built in the 1770’s to protect the Kakheti people from attacks by the Dagestani people. It was very impressive!!  It would have been difficult for the Dagestani people to attempt a surprise attack!!! Papakha time – I’m standing in the one of the towers! S, 🙂   Advertisements

Signagi, Georgia – Bodbe Monastery – Saint Nino’s Shrine

This is a popular tourist attraction and pilgrimage location because it is here that St. Nino, 4th century evangelist of Georgians, relic’s are shrined. I didn’t wear my papakha hat here – it didn’t feel right as this is such an important religious location. I wore my Prague big scarf that swallows the head and…

Tbilisi, Georgia – Fireworks Outside My Window

Both last night and the night of New Year’s Day…fireworks have been going off, non-stop for hours at a time!  I think because both New Years Day and New Year’s Day – 2nd Day – are both public holidays here in Georgia! S, 🙂

Tbilisi, Georgia – Downtown Christmas Lights

This was nothing less than spectacular!  The crowds were so intense that we just drove through to see! The decorated streets seem to all lead to the main square of Tbilisi – Liberty/Freedom Square! S, 🙂 This is the parliament building with protestors camped on the doorstep:  

Ananuri, Georgia – Ananuri Fortress

Both Dachi and I were tired out from skiing, so this was a quick tour.  What I noticed most was the beauty of the mountains with its reddish glow of the setting sun, the fortress itself and when we entered then church, Dachi blessed himself.  I was a bit shocked by this, as my tour…

Gudauri, Georgia – Gudauri Ski Resort

First….don’t judge me!!  LoL!!!  I did a half then one full run!  My legs were like jello by the time I reached the bottom of the mountain!!!! We arrived, rented skies and boot, bought our tickets, hired an instructor for me as I had only ever skied twice in my life – 20 years ago…

Georgia – Driving North to the Gudauri Ski Resort!

Well, so much for getting up and going to the sulpher baths this morning! I slept in!!  LoL!! Anyway…..it seems the tour guide who picked me up yesterday at the airport is my private tour guide!  A cute 25 year old Georgian from Tbilisi!  I didn’t realize my tours would be just me and this…

Tbilisi, Georgia – Wandering Around on New Year’s Day

So, my main goal today, as it was my one tour free day, was to hit a sulphur bath!  With suggestions from my tour guide I googled the best locations.  I found one and put that location into my GPS….and I was off!!! Now, I will say that I, at this time, had no idea…

New Year’s Eve Day – Flying into Tbilisi, Georgia

During the flight from Qatar to Georgia, this amazing mountain stood out!  Turns out, according to my phone’s GPS, it is located in Iran! I wonder if that is Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran? Flying over the mountains of Armenia! Flying over Georgia, towards Tbilisi. What I notice right away is the lack…