Day 14: The Republic of Georgia with Living Roots

Highlights Include: Zac played DJ and loaded some tunes onto thumb drives for Shota, fire it up! watching local women make bread in the wood oven, drinking copious amounts of wine and eating gobs of food before lunch, a gorgeous lunch with Lamara after touring her medicinal herb garden and silk worm farm, a visit to Bodbe Monastery, wine tasting at Pheasant's Tears restaurant

Day 13: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

Highlights include: Started out in Tbilisi and reunited with Shota, gorgeous drive to the Kakheti wine region, visit to the third largest church in Georgia, a visit to a fourth generation traditional qvevri maker, visit to a local house of a local cheese maker and who own the restaurant we visited for lunch (Cafe Marletta near Telavi), a visit to a felt/weaving/natural dye artisan, drinks and incredible dinner at Shota's house & winery (Lagazi winery)

Day 12: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

Tour of Georgia Highlights: Zac went to visit the animals on the farm in Vardzia before leaving, a visit to a nun monastery in Upper Vardzia and a view of a 9th century church, wandering around Vardzia cave city, drive up to Phoka to visit a gorgeous nun monastery for lunch, it's sheep movement time! loads of sheep on the roads as they move into the mountains

Day 11: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

Tour of Georgia Highlights: Outstanding breakfast in Akhaltsikhe (blinis, home-made preserves of baby pine cones, sweetened cherries, local yogurt), Easy driving!!! Good roads!!!!, visit to an incredible fort in the old town of Rabat in Akhaltsikhe, another amazing lunch with a local woman who then took us on a tour of the ancient wine cellars and local village with unique housing structures, a visit to the cave city of Vanis Kvabebi, first glimpse of Vardzia (the cave city), seeing the oldest wine press in Georgia where Zac stepped in a huge pile of cow shit, a visit to one of the oldest wine trees in Georgia guided by a woman who transpired out of the trees themselves, fantastic "farm" property for our overnight

Day 10: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

Split time in the morning - Zac and Shota tried for the cable car and Jill did some sea gazing, head back to East Georgia - but first we have to pick up our host for lunch and take him back home, stop at a beautiful roadside waterfall, crazy delicious lunch and wine at a guesthouse, new guesthouse for the night with an amazing dinner by our host who is profiled in two Georgian cookbooks. 

Day 6: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

Tour of Georgia Highlights: Rainy then super snowy visit to the village of Ushguli via another harrowing drive, visit to LaMaria Monastery, eating an embarrassment of delicious food while watching the snow fall heavily outside the window, local dance and folk music festival in Mestia, dinner accompanied by more Georgian music from the local kids

Day 3: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

In this 14 part series, we present voice recordings and tidbits taken during our tour in The Republic of Georgia that was organized by Living Roots. This episode includes a detour to the amazing Truso Valley Gorge (near Russian border), cave city of Uplistsikhe , dinner at a natural wine maker's house, lots of driving on the way to Kutaisi, and some swearing. Be warned.

Day 2: The Republic of Georgia Tour with Living Roots

On our second day of our tour of Georgia we had a bit of a harrowing drive (ok, Jill lost her shit) to get to our cabin room for the overnight. We were rockin' out to some hard rock and gangster rap with Shota and kind of nervous laughing as we drove on. Highlights: fluffy pancakes & homemade jam and a felt artisan. Oh and then Jill was attacked by a moth before bed. Hear all about it below. 

Hiking the Blue Trail in Borjomi, Georgia

Hiking the Blue Trail in Borjomi, Georgia

There are several hiking trails leading from the town of Borjomi into and through the surrounding. On one of our days in Borjomi, we decided to head out on the 'blue trail', which  begins in the Borjomi Water Park and continues up to the hot springs. There is a ton to see on this trail, and our volunteer guides were spectacular.