Georgia – Tbilisi – old and new capital in one

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Tbilisi is a successful clash between modern architecture and very old, but preserved buildings. It was a very pleasant surprise after a whole day on the Georgian roads, filled with ninja-drivers and 40 °C heat. Our sweaty and dusty faces smiled long under the sprinklers of a café in the old town while drinking the acclaimed Georgian wine.
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

We tried to find our way to the lodgings with the help of a paper map. We were force to climb up alleys like the one below. All in all, we had trouble with navigation.

 

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

Tbilisi is a big city, situated along the length of the banks of the Kura River. There are newly erected parts and plattenbau neighborhood like in Bulgaria. However the old center is preserved! It is like walking into a museum in the middle of the city. Again, we are lucky to spend the night a steep alley away from 2-thousand years old things. We almost forgot our exhausting journey. The view of the Turkish bath and the blue mosaic relaxed us, even before the first sip of Georgian wine.

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

We relaxed and went on a quick tour of the near center. The dinner consisted of a greasy and delicious doner kebab, we even drank airan. Before going to bed we watched through the window of our humble bedroom and we hoped to avoid overheating because the air conditioning was on the floor below us and we were up- where the hot air likes to go. We proved that the hard head can be used as a tripod. Here:

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

 

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The rain next morning came as if by our demand – it helped us sleep and hydrate.

The morning hours passed by slowly while we thought at the speed of lightning how we would fit in less time all the places we wanted to visit in Tbilisi. We’re going to use the turbo mode.

Tbilisi is an interesting mix of old and new, the authentic and the innovative. We’re going to illustrate our point with the following photos:

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
We heard on the grapevine that they won’t be highway exits but a museum.
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
Many people tried to outdrink the fellow above but he was always the one standing in the end.

 

We recommend wholeheartedly a walk through the alleys. Not only they are a good cardio exercise, but show many of the hidden wonders of the old city.
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
The German school
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

The baths (low round domes on the right)

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

The fortress keeps a watchful eye

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

Dentist

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

A brave man on the edge

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

A brave man in safety

There are things to see in the new part of the city. The fact that the streets are horizontal and straight alone attracts the wary feet. Marti completely shamelessly tore her shoes on the straight modern streets so the whole of the polite society saw us attaching them by improvised means. It lasted to the Shop, which offered Marti the coolest flip-flops to compliment her evening wear.

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

 

Slowly we move on to the topic of food.

Tbilisi confirmed that the Georgian food is lick-your-fingers-clean delicious, though we used utensils at most places (we are not in India, after all).

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travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

 

The bill (we hope nobody tried to cheat us)

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

The truth is it is perfectly alright because we compared all the prices to the menu (in Russian). We looked so much like the locals that the bill for our dinner looked like this:

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

Whether we were tricked or not can be judged by this:

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

Here is our evening wear:

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
A romantic end of our daytime adventure was the ascend by cable car to the fortress and a walk through the wild nature with a view towards the whole city, but above all- the guardian of the fortress and her backside, which few manage to take in with one look.
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia
travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

travelers exploring Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia

A group of asses

One city can’t give us a whole picture of the country. So we got in the battered Opel and set off towards other interesting and secret places in Georgia!

In case you wonder where to stay in Tbilisi, it’s a relief to know you can find anything that caters to your budget and style.

 

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