Georgia (Part 1 – Tbilisi)

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The first thing you are greeted with when you arrive at the Tbilisi airport is this wonderful quote carved into the granite entryway – “Georgia… The City That Loves You.” I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s a bold statement! I wonder if it’s true?” We found it to be more than true…

The people of Tbilisi, and Georgia in general, are some of the kindest most welcoming and warm people you will ever meet… They greet you with a handshake and a kiss both coming and going… They stop you on the street and thank you for coming to their country and tell you that they hope you’ve had a wonderful time…

You probably wouldn’t guess that it used to be a former Soviet Union country until you see the typical Soviet looking concrete high rise apartments and realize that a good majority of the people speak Russian in addition to their native Georgian tongue… It’s not uncommon to meet someone who is fluent in 3-4 different languages… They are impressive people in every way…

The food… It was so good that it’s getting it’s own posting so that will come in the next few days!

Tbilisi’s architecture is so diverse… Sometimes it seems almost U.S. southern/pre-civil war… Other times, it’s modern and futuristic… You’ve got your “Middle Ages” look and then of course you have your Soviet style… It’s really hard to put into words… Somehow it all flows and works together… The city is absolutely beautiful…

After editing pictures from the trip, it was pretty evident that 200+ photos would be too much for one blog… 3 more will follow this one… Hope you enjoy…

-Haven

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