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    Georgian Sulphur baths (in the heart of Tbilisi)

    by Tsiako Written Mar 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: When you are in Georgia you definitely have to visit the Tbilisi Sulphur baths. They are a popular tourist attraction: one of the indulgent pleasures of the region, much like the hammams of Turkey and the Middle East.
    Situated near the river in Old Tbilisi, the sulfur baths are eye-catching. There is an entire street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the hot sulphurous waters (abano means "bath", ubani means "district”). The baths are underground, but their domes are visible above ground.
    Even the legend about Tbilisi's foundation is connected with these sulfur Baths.

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    Alternative ways to lock your hotel room.

    by cachaseiro Updated Oct 24, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Not all hotlel rooms can be locked in Georgia.
    That is especially true if you stay in the old hotels build in the communist era.
    That is no big problem though.
    Just be inventive and you will end up having a laugh about it too.

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    Batumi: The New Summer Vacation Spot

    by Erapalace Updated Jul 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: Batumi is one of the livelier cities of Georgia and a popular summer destination due to its ideal climate, scenic beauty and many amenities. It is the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara in the country of Georgia. Its coastal location and sub-tropical climate make it a popular city for vacationers across the Caucasus, although few western tourists venture in its direction. It's the party capital of the region with a night life to match which increasingly includes big name international DJs on the beach-front clubs. July/ August are the time for Georgian sea lovers to plan their summer vacation and itinerary. Batumi is fast becoming a popular summer destination a wide choice of hotels that offer comfort, and convenience at an affordable price.

    People of Batumi
    Batumi is blessed with natural beauty, character and a unique culture of warm-hearted hospitality. The citizens of Batumi are mainly Georgians along with some Russians, Greeks, Armenians and Ukrainians amongst other. Georgians are known to be highly tolerant of other peoples and religions. A Georgian grows up believing and practicing two facets of life- guests come from God and Friendship rules the roost-as a person’s worth is judged not by how much money he or she has in his pocket but how many friends he has. The Georgian society places their Women on the highest pedestal and accords them with great courtliness.

    The New Batumi: Batumi, they say, is becoming a showcase of how quickly one of the so-called "frozen conflicts" of the former Soviet Union, which has been fought over in Georgia, can thaw out. Charming old buildings have been restored and attractive new ones are joining them.

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    Fondest memory: Batumi Beach, Erapalace hotel, Shashliki, Acharuli pizza

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    Visas

    by flynboxes Written May 22, 2008

    Favorite thing: Unlike Armenia..entry for Americans and EU citizens is free at the boarder. I came by land from Armenia and entry was faster than leaving Armenia. A simple stamp and after running your bag through the x-ray machine...you're in.

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    In Tbilisi

    by aterola Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I can recomend you to visit Tbilisi baths, nice building and interesting experience ;-) I liked also to visit Opera house - so beautifull interior and good balet dancers. you can check www.opera.ge . It was really surprise for me to get tickets one day before balet and even you can buy the same day, if there is not some special event. if you eat chease, so hachapuri is good food for you ;-) My favourite hachapuri place in Tbilisi was in the very end of Rustaveli avenue, on the corner. Not very atractive interior, but I liked it to be there. You will see, that there are many locals eating in this place. It was tradition to visit there at least once per day ;-) tbilisi is beautifull and I wish you a nice trip.

    Fondest memory: I miss Svaneti from Georgia. I would like to come back there.

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    Cell phones in Georgia

    by DinkaYa Written Oct 4, 2007

    Favorite thing: There are 3 GSM networks there:
    1. Geocell
    2. Magti
    3. Bline

    Bline is the one that has the least good reception there but is also the least expensive.
    Geocell and Magti has reception in most of the places we went, we used Magti.
    You can buy a local SIM card for 5 Lari and then charge it with money. You can buy the charging cards almost anywhere.

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    Georgia as a traveldestination?

    by Berika07 Written Aug 26, 2007

    Favorite thing: Skiing, Hiking, Mountain climbing

    Fondest memory: Georgia as treavel destination..?

    The republic of Georgia has a lot to offer to tourists, for example subtropical landscapes with citrus fruit and tea fields, a coastline with palm trees, magnificent mountains with climbing and trekking opportunities and ski resorts. But Georgia also has

    a Christian culture dating from the first century and is the cradle of wine-making and drinking.
    According to the website of the Georgian Department of Tourism and Resorts, the number of foreign visitors to Georgia has increased by 45 % between 2000 and 2005. This is probably the result of the improvement of tourist infrastructure. More Tbilisi hotels are being connected to international booking systems, it has become easier to book not only a flight but also a hotel through a regular travel agent in most countries. Information is available in English and more people speak English. The transport system has improved. Internet cafes make communication easier. And most importantly, the flight and hotel prices have gone down, making Georgia more competitive as a tourist destination. In Tbilisi hotels are now available from $ 20 per night.

    Despite all this, Georgia still needs a lot of investments to meet world standards for mass-tourism.

    more information: http://www.kaukasus.nl

    Photo Gallery Georgia and Caucasus:
    http://www.kaukasus.nl/photoalbum/index.php

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    Insurance

    by JohnniOmani Written Feb 6, 2007

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    Favorite thing: It is vital that travellers get insurance before heading off into Georgia because Georgia is the least stable state in the region. If you plan on going into Tusheti and beyond then I heard of travellers obtaining hostage insurance which would end up turning out to be a bad idea if you can get it. The hospital situation is not good and the country is still working on improving their standards and it will be some time before they are on par with central Europe. Tbilisi has some Western clinics but my Georgian friends said they can be very expenisve. Your best bet is to set off to the Caucasian states when you are in great health because if you show up ill or injured then the fattening diet and alcohol will burn you out.

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    Queen Tamara

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: During the reign of Queen Tamara (1184 - 1212) the kingdom reached the apex of its political, economic and cultural might a golden age of great advances in culture and arts. In 1201-1203, Georgians took and annexed the Armenian capitals of Ani and Dvin. In 1204, Tamara's army occupied the city of Kars, and shortly after helped to found the Empire of Trebizond on the southern shore of the Black Sea (whose capital is now the Turkish city of Trabzon).

    Fondest memory: As she sponsored the construction of numerous churches throughout the territory she controlled, many frescoes inside churches represent Queen Tamara, canonised after her death.

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    David the Builder

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: King David II Aghmashenebeli (the builder) came to trone in 1089, drove the Seljuk Turks out of Tbilisi, where he moved the capital (for a short period, though), and made Georgia into something of a local superpower.

    David the Builder’s epoch greatly influenced the national perception of the Georgians. They are still proud of David’s victories and dream of his glorious reign, and his image is promoted by the state in order to streghten the national identity.

    Fondest memory: The nation’s current flag is based on David’s standard, and the name of “the Builder” is present in virtually every Georgian town.

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    Environment

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I do not know to what extend the contempt of most people in Caucasus towards the environment is a result of their social welfare or the effect of Soviet brutality. Maybe a combination of the two. Things will change, nevertheless….

    Fondest memory: In the mean time, I hope the pictures attached will not discourage anyone’s visit, but raise local consciousness.

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    Georgian Society

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

    Favorite thing: It is difficult to understand and capture the complexity of a society, which represents a universe in its own, especially in the case of the Georgians, with their puzzle of ethnicities and interactions.

    Fondest memory: My impression was of a male dominated society, with its own networks and codes, where the tribe & clan, rather than formal institutions, are the key to local social relations, and where “the power” is more appreciated than “the law”.

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    Stalin

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

    Favorite thing: Someone as diabolic as Stalin could have come from everywhere, but many of the methods he used when ruling over the Soviet Empire show influences of his youth spent in the Caucasus: set one nationality against the other until both are destroyed, monumental use of terror, grandeur of the cult of personality, together with the use of jailed prisoners for gigantic public construction works remind of ancient Asian dictatorships.

    Fondest memory: 1 - The liturgics nature of Stalins’ diatribes, a standard pattern of official communist rhetoric, bear the influence of the oriental orthodox church, witnessed in the Georgian Seminaries Stalin attended during his youth.

    2 - Time Magazine declared Stalin Man of the Year twice, in 1939 and 1943.

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    3 famous Georgians of the XX century

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

    Favorite thing: Stalin (aka Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili), ruler of Soviet Union from 1928 until his death in 1953, born in Gori, Georgia
    Beria - Soviet politician and chief of the Soviet security and police apparatus under Stalin’s rule.
    Shevardnadze – foreign affairs minister of the Soviet Union during the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe until the collapse of the USSR,

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    Second in the world to adopt Christian faith

    by josephescu Updated Dec 1, 2006

    Favorite thing: Georgia was the second country in the world to adopt Christian faith, following Armenia’s conversion a quarter of century beforehand. According to the legend, Georgians were converted from paganism in the 4th century by Saint Nino, a Cappadochian slave from central Anatolia, who cured Queen Nana from disease and then converted her to christianism.

    However, the Greek colonies on the Black Sea around nowadays Batumi may have turned to Christian faith as early as the 1st century BC.

    Fondest memory: Testimony to the Georgians strong religious believes, are not only the many churches built high on the tops of the hills in magnificent places with panoramic views over the surroundings, but also their attendance in high numbers to religious ceremonies.

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