Day 11: 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. You'll get to see and hear what we saw each day and how we felt about it. We did not edit the voice recordings or photos so you can really get a sense of how we were feeling and what we experienced on this trip. We hope you enjoy these experiences. 

Day 11: Summary

We continued east on day 11 of our tour of the Republic of Georgia and had another absolutely incredible day. Our day started with one of the best breakfasts we've ever had and we did not hold back! So many blinis and homemade preserves with delicious local yogurt. I'm salivating just thinking about it. We left the confines of this delightful place and headed toward our ultimate destination of Vardzia. But on the way we visited an incredible fort in the old town Rabat area of Akhaltsikhe where we watched preparations for a celebration being put up. From here we went and gorged ourselves on more incredible food. This time we stopped at a woman's house who was working on turning her house into a proper guesthouse via a grant provided. She then took us on a very wet walk to tour the unique houses of the area. We said our farewells (after she tried to feed us some more) and headed to a cave city called Vanis Kvabebi. This was a small cave town accessed by climbing little staircases and ladders. These proved to be a little too much for Jill's fears and so she sat out as Zac and Ilia made their way to the top. The afternoon turned gorgeous as we headed to our "farm" guesthouse in Vardzia for the night. We were so glad to be there; although it meant eating more food. Hear all about it below.

Highlights include: 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 11: Photo Roundup

This is the eleventh of 14 posts covering every aspect of our tour of the Republic of Georgia with Living Roots. We really hope you enjoy them!