T'bilisi Local Customs

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    The Old Flag

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 21, 2008

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    The Old Flag

    This flag was the Official flag during soviet time. After independence the Georgian government decided to go back to their historic old flag that you see on the my front page (white flag with 5 red crosses)

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    Enviromental Day

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 21, 2008

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    During my visit to Tbilisi. There was an Enviromental Day in one of the parks. It was neet. The distributed posters incliding all kinds of Georgian plants and kids were drawing on the street

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    Avoiding Discussions about Russia

    by Greatwalk0 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Russian and Georgian relations are at an all-time low (as of May 2007) and the subject of Russia, particularly their involvement in the civil unrest in South Ossetia, is an extremely sensitive subject. Avoid discussions and, if neccessary, broach them with extreme diplomacy and understanding.

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    sunflower seeds

    by ellielou Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    selling sunflower seeds (try saying that 3X fast!)

    People eat these all the time. There are people along the streets, almost always women, who sell sunflower seeds, and peanuts from little makeshift desks. They are everywhere. They have a little glass, measure out the seeds, and provide you your snack in a little rolled up piece of newspaper, or from the pages of a book.

    Not a bit deal local custom tip, but just seems to be a part of the fiber of Tbilisi.

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    wine and water

    by ellielou Written Oct 20, 2006

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    ok (bottled) wine and salty water

    It's hard to overstate the importance of wine to the Georgians. That, or beer, (and sometimes, vodka) seem to be drunk at lunch sometimes, and dinner (almost always).

    Despite wine being important, it's hard to BUY a decent glass of bottle of wine in a restaurant. Most people make and bring their own.

    In addition, people seem fond of Borjormi water, the sparkling kind. It's salty, and a bit of an aquired taste. The 'mineral' water variation, though, is just fine.

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    the sulphur baths

    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    The district of Ortachala is where the bath houses using water from the sulfur springs are. There are several baths in town and most have also private rooms that cater for small groups and couples. I don't know how many there are today, but in the 13th century there were 65 mineral water bath housesin town.

    In the past baths had three important functions: hygienic (to wash oneself), medical (to be cured from illnesses) and social (meeting friends and for women checking out prospective wives for their sons).

    Today people go there mainly to relax and to have a massage. Watch out in summer - with an outside temperature of about 40C, a hot bath can be a bit of a pain.

    Sidenote: some baths turn into brothels at night.

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    Eating

    by traveloturc Written Jul 28, 2006

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    Khachapuri

    Georgian cuisine is especially unique and is surprisingly diverse. Each regions has its own specialties and almost all of them are represented in Tbilisi. Georgian cooking was seen as the "haute cuisine of the Soviet Union" and while most other republics lacked restaurants and cafes, the Georgians maintained their tradition.
    Bakeries dot the city baking fresh bread and khachapuri (cheese pie, see photo at bottom of page) all day long. Despite the vast assortment of eateries the Georgians still pride themselves on home cooking. If one strolls the city on weekends they will find that courtyards and verandahs are full of families surrounding tables with plates of food stacked high. Georgians will spend time eating, enjoying their food and usually supplementing their healthy appetites with large amounts of wine and vodka.Georgians consider their cuisine the best and find it difficult to accept others ( I agree with them) . Due to this, foreign food is fairly difficult to find in Tbilisi.

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    BREADS

    by henri123 Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    GOOD TASTY BREADS

    TRY THE LAVASH, THE ROUND ONE

    ALSO THE SHOTTI, THE LONG ONE

    ALL COOKED IN A TUNA (OVEN)

    DON'T FOGET YOUR MORNING KACHAPURI (EXCELLENT CHEESE BRED), A COMPLETE MEAL

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    Turkish Baths

    by traveloturc Updated Apr 2, 2011

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    turkish baths

    Some architecture of buildings are heavily impressed from the east, like the "Turkish Baths".These were multifunctional and a key aspect of daily life

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    Litter bins

    by Mittnic Written Oct 23, 2006

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    a simple solution

    Tbilisi is surprisingly clean. One of the new regimes first actions was to place plenty of litter bins allover the city.

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    Kinkhali

    by traveloturc Written Jul 28, 2006

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    kinkhali

    Meat Dumplings. Georgian men often compete to see who can eat the most while drinking beer.This is some sort of Pelmeni or Manti ( in turkish)

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