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
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)
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
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
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.
Tour of Georgia Highlights: Downpour of rain to start our full day in Batumi, Zac's cold symptoms worsened, amazing fish market and more for lunch, cha-cha seems to help Zac feel better, visit to the Batumi botanical gardens, view of the Black Sea from above, some more cat time, another amazing sunset
Tour of Georgia Highlights: Long drive from Mestia to Batumi - lots of rain, cows, goats, pigs to make our way around, a long wooden suspension bridge challenge for Jill, viewing one of five arch dams in the world, drive by the Lake Paliastomi which drains into the Black Sea, and our first view of the Black Sea!!
Tour of Georgia Highlights: Giving hotdogs to the local dogs of Mestia, the Hatsvali Ropeway (ski lift) to the top of a mountain for a full view of the surrounding glaciers, walk in Becho Valley to the Ushba glacier, a biology lesson courtesy of some local frogs
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
Tour of Georgia Highlights: A great start to the day with an amazing breakfast full of starches, drive to visit to an old family house cum museum in Mestia, amazing walk and lunch at a beautiful glacier, drinking two bottles of Shota's fantastic wine
Tour of Georgia Highlights: Soviet carving in Kutaisi and driving tour of the city, view from and frescoes at the Gelati Monastery, visit to the Prometheus cave, visit to one of the only female natural winemakers for lunch (Oda Family Winery), fantastic dinner at our guest house in Svaneti!
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.
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.
Our first day on our Living Roots tour of Georgia was an amazing church filled day. We ended up satisfied and worn out by the end of the day as we looked forward to the next.