On Saturday after work Lika and I went to see “Swan Lake” at the Tbilisi Opera House. I had not been in the Opera House for almost a decade. It’s been closed for 8 years for renovation. It was stunning, much brighter than I remember, with the chandeliers and the stained glass windows cleaned and the colors renewed. There are “portholes” that when you look … Continue reading Tbilisi’s Restored Opera House.
Thursday, after I finished my work at Radio Nor, we drove back to Tbilisi. Ararat told us that the more roundabout road, over a higher mountain pass above the trees, was better maintained than the road we came in on. The shorter driving time gave us some time to get out and wander a little at Phoka and the alpine lakes Saghomo and Paravani, sitting … Continue reading Saghomo and Paravani Lakes and Phoka’s Churches.
IREX has taken on a new partner, Radio Nor, a community radio station, in Ninotsminda. Ninotsminda is located near the spot where Georgia, Armenia and Turkey meet. The Lonely Planet guide mostly ignores this part of Georgia. There isn’t much tourist infrastructure. We drove south from the mineral water center of Borjomi past several 12th century castles and terraced fields running up mountains to Akhalkalaki. … Continue reading Ninotsminda, Georgia
I love going someplace I know well, discovering something new and rediscovering something old. I had both experiences on this trip to Georgia. I arrived on Saturday morning and met my colleague and friend Lika for dinner Saturday night. We walked through the old town, to a newly opened up area behind the Turkish baths. The area had been behind barricades for years as paths … Continue reading Tbilisi 2016
I’ve been home in Sitka two weeks now, writing reports, enjoying the Sitka Summer Music Festival and thinking of my recent trip to Tbilisi, Georgia. It was a shorter trip than usual, which was a good thing because if I had stayed my normal two weeks I would have been caught in the flood and probably had to fend off lions and hippos on my … Continue reading Iron Butterfly, June in the Republic of Georgia
I have been traveling to Georgia for more than a dozen years. I first visited in the wake of the Rose Revolution. Take the time to scroll down to some of my posts. You will see pics from my first road trip in 2004 featuring monasteries in the mountains of central Georgia. You will see the fine old Tbilisi Opera House, which has been closed … Continue reading Georgia