Ohhh I’ve been to Georgia, to California, to anywhere I could run, I’ve been to paradise, never been to me… LOL. Corniks I know… But, this is my pleasure, my vice to be anywhere when I could. 😂
On a serious note, I’ve been to Georgia, the country in Eurasia. And I think Georgia now is not that unknown to most anymore. Unlike 10 years back, if you’ll say I will go to Georgia, people will think ohh you got a US visa, where else in States will you go? Georgia now is one of the most visited countries specially to GCC residents. No need to get a visa (for GCC residents) and a perfect country for a short or even for a long holiday. The feel and look of Georgia for me is just like the western counties (I guess), more European than Asian, from structures, people and even their food. The sceneries of Georgia are beautiful, plus, it’s cheap compared to other western countries. And to add more, Georgia has four seasons. For those who are dying to experience the feel of winter wonderland and do not want the hassle of visa processing or visa applications were denied, Georgia is the place to visit.
Alright originally, we planned to visit Georgia on a public holiday after this two weeks vacation. This trip was supposedly in a Schengen countries, but unfortunately our visa application was not granted. So, rather than appealing and waiting, spending more for the uncertain result, we changed our plan. We went to Jordan and Georgia instead. We have a month left to book and plan all. Exploring new things and exploring the country was the plan, but as much as I want to do all the activities, we decided to not really do much in Georgia but instead just be in this relaxing place. So here are our spontaneous adventures and staycation mode in Georgia.
Aside from hotels and flight, I just booked for paragliding that was cancelled by the operator, Fly Caucasus, the night before the flight due to a drizzling weather. I was so excited, but I do understand, safety comes first. But, we suppose to push through the excursion whether I could fly or not. It was agreed, they will pick us up early morning so I slept early and just read the message they sent at 10pm the next morning, flight including excursion are cancelled. Down payment will be refunded, and never heard from them after that message. Though, I chose not to bother anymore. The one and only day with an adventure plan became aimless. Luckily, we met a lovely couple and we ended up hitching their day tour to Kazbegi. Guess what, our day turned out to be amazing, a roadtrip full of laughter, and we made friends. We went up all the way to the Holy Trinity Church of Gartiti, had some stops with these beautiful sceneries and baroque churches.
ZHINVALI DAM & ANANURI CHURCH
The first stop was the dam, their reservoir. The driver briefly explained the construction and the water level in every season. Then, we went to a church that’s by the bank of the river, there was no water. According to the driver, it overflows during summer. We just had a quick stop and went back to a roadtrip. Honestly, I don’t know what to expect on this trip. I have no idea what we’re going to see. It’s like my imagination was a blank canvas that’s being painted as we go on. Trees, cherry blossoms, river, mountains, all those beautiful sceneries. I was not even taking so much videos and photos as I was looking around at all time, appreciating the place.
We then drove by the meadow, the herd of sheep and cattle are scattered around, they were busy feasting. We asked the driver to stop, we can’t just pass by and not to capture them. This place is one of my favorites. I can’t put them into words of how amazing the scenery was with the music of the river across. We stayed quite longer and approached the herders that were enjoying their brunch and wine. Just like how I imagine country life would be, chill and peaceful. And later that day on our way back to Tbilisi we met the herd on their way home that’s about an hour drive away from the meadow where we saw them in the morning. They walked that far and we caught them in a right place in a perfect timing. What an amazing trip.
Then we continue to drive for the next destination, to the Panorama. This time our ride went down, and it kept on stopping after about a minute of driving. We were stopping and those huge trailers were driving pass. It took us forever to arrive to The Panorama. The moment we arrived there half of our energy was consumed from stressing and from laughing our fear out, praying that nothing will gonna happen to us. Seriously, the road is not the safest plus some of the drivers were a bit reckless. It was a huge relief arriving to The Panorama safe. We asked the driver to fix the car already as we still have a long way to go. The place is overlooking to this beautiful lake, valleys, and a backdrop mountain, another beautiful place to capture. But, we did not stay that long, there’s really nothing to do there.
GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH, KAZGEBI
As we go on, we passed by to the mountain that’s a source of mineral spring and drove in to some dark tunnels again until we reach Kazbegi where we had our late lunch and transferred to a van to Gartiti Church. The road to the church that is located on the top of the mountain is insane and it was slippery that time. It’s like one wrong move and you’re down, crushed. So, half way of the trip my eyes are closed and was even covering my ears too, because one of our companions was hilarious laughing, to hide her fear. I was never been that scared in my entire life that I even thought of hiking down 😂. It is really true that beautiful things just don’t come easy. The location is amazing, plus the backdrop of the mountain still covered with snow. Surreal! This place was our last stop for the day. And we arrived Tbilisi at 10PM.
Now we have new friends and as I said, I did not plan anything for this trip, we still have a day in Tbilisi, so we went with them again to the Freedom Square (main tourists area of Tbilisi). We walked passed to this 13th Door and they got interested of this interactive game. It was hilarious, we were scared and no joke was screaming and doesn’t even want to move. But then I realized that okay we have to go along the drama. You’ll have fun if you play along and pretend that you’re in the situation.
The rest of the day we were roaming around the city, taking photos. You really have to try to commute on their public transpo, it’s super cheap! From where we stayed (Iveria Inn), normally you will be paying 20GEL with the cab, it’s only 1GEL by train. Plus, you can use your card on the cable car ride for 1.5GEL. It’s really cheap. We also went to the Temkha or the Chronicles of Georgia? but, I will describe it as a biblical pillars. As you can see they are the images from the bible. The place is about 15mins from town proper. You can ask the cab driver to wait for you as there are few vehicles driving pass the place. The place is a deserted, some of the walls are damaged, but still you can have a beautiful shots here. I feel this place was already deserted, there’s only a security and so few tourists.
You can access most of the attractions in Georgia for free. And, we are so thankful to Ivan & Gail. They saved our aimless days, we had so much fun. Meeting them was the highlight of our trip.
THE LAKE RESORT
Our last 3 days were spent at the lake resort in Telavi for staycation!!! I had been waiting for this, no rush, just do things spontaneously, to relax in a place that’s surrounded with nature. The place is beautiful, though they are quite expensive from May and before winter. Activities are still free but during peak season, extra charges will apply. But, what I am looking forward on my next trip is to stay in a cabin in the forest. 😍
Here are some gastronomic captures…
And here’s what I found out about Georgian cuisine, when you’ll order grilled… expect to have roasted meat instead 😳.
And then more of the random shots from the strolls…
So, till I see you again Georgia, and I hope next time I can do more of the amazing adventures! It was a wonderful holiday. Thank you. 💕
Tags: countryside, daytrip, escapades, eurasia, hitching, Roadtrip, travel, wanderlust