Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tbilisi - Day One

On Thursday morning we woke up to sunshine and what turned out to be a perfect day for sight-seeing.  After our initially morning walk and a quick lunch of soup and shawarma we ditched our coats and enjoyed the warmth of the sun for the rest of the afternoon.  In my opinion, Tbilisi is such a city which, if you are ambitious, can be conquered in one day of serious exploration.  By the end of the day we felt that we had seen everything we wanted to see in the city, but weren't yet bored, of course.  If you have multiple days to spend in the city, however, you can take guided tours, visit an opera, ballet, or theatrical performance, spend hours in museums, sleep-in, and take afternoon naps/breaks and you will find plenty to fill your time.
In the evening, we were in for quite a treat.  The American guy working in the hostel offered to take us to one of his favorite Georgian restaurants.  It was a hole-in-the-wall sort of place with absolutely no indication (at least not in Russian or English) that it was a restaurant.  We undoubtedly would have walked right past it (if we even would have somehow found ourselves in that secluded street) and never given it a second glance much less ate there.  The hostel worker ordered all of the food and then we ate and ate and ate until we couldn't eat even another forkful and still food sat unfinished on the table.  It was all so delicious and about as authentic as it gets! For all of that food, plus two beers each for the guys and I drink for me it turned out to be a little less than 20 euros total and worth every last penny!

Once it got dark we took another walk to see Tbilisi by night a bit.  We went up to the fortress again by cable car and overlooked the city in all of its lit-up glory.  Back at the hostel we watched part of a movie on my ipod and then rested up for our next day of adventuring!

Good morning, Tbilisi!

Mt'k'vari River

Old Town Tbilisi

Freedom Square

More Old Town

Cool government building

bridge near government building

more Old Town

Mario and the statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, at the site where he made his capital in the 5th century.

looking our from th

Riding the cable car up to the fortress

View of the city from the fortress

Mother Georgia

Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral

Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral
Small church near the cathedral

Mario is REALLY into flags)))

Wandering the streets of Tbilisi

German/Bavarian restaurant 

Clock Tower

Georgian Beer

Blurry nightviews from the fortress

1 comment:

  1. Such cool photos! I especially like the Mother Georgia statue.

    Have fun! : )


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