Day 12: 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 12: Summary

Day 12 started out on the "farm" where Zac went for a walk and conversed with the various animals on site. Once we were done with a nicely proportioned breakfast, we headed to Upper Vardzia for a visit to a nun monastery and a gorgeous 9th century church. The view from the church was incredible and this was one of the most peaceful places we've been. I think we could have stayed here all day just listening to the wind and birds in the trees. It was incredible. But we were off to the cave city of Vardzia, which was much, much busier. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Georgia and we can see why. It's a fascinating place that was started during Kind David's time and completed during the rule of Queen Tamar. Some earthquakes and invaders have caused serious damage to the caves and so the explorable part of the city is much smaller than the city itself. One of the most striking parts of the city, is the chapel where one of the two frescoes in Georgia depicting Tamar and her father resides. The fresco is currently being renovated (it has been covered by lime and burned) so we couldn't get a great view. What we did see of it, was amazing. Then we were off to an incredible nun monastery for lunch where we were both overstimulated by the aesthetic and quality of the products these women make. We ended our night in Tbilisi and said farewell to Ilia. Hear all about it below.

Highlights include: 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 12: Photo Roundup

We were driving along through the mountains as you can see in the video below when all the sudden the traffic got really really bad. Turns out the shepherds in Georgia were moving the sheep from the mountains into the lush spring valleys where they would graze for the summer.

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