AROUND TBILISI

After our sightseeing tour in far places, we’re now bound to explore the capital proper of Georgia which is Tbilisi. Unlike any modern city where we used to see high-rise building , wide road, congested traffic and too crowded, Tbilisi has a unique way of presenting itself without the use of glamorous decoration yet tourist will be left captivated with it owns natural beauty.

Our Tbilisi tour starts with Aerial Cable Car. With just 1 Lari per person, we can go for a shortest ride to Narikala Fortress and had a fantastic view of the city.

While we were in the Ropeway, these our views from above.

 

In a couple of minutes we reach the Narikala Fortress. Narikala is a symbol of Tbilisi’s defense.

Lighted Wall of Narikala. A photo taken during night time.

Narikala Fortress which is located in a steep hill gave us the perfect platform to see the city of Tbilisi in a different turn.

 

We also see up close the Kartlis Deda or Mother of Georgia. The statue holds a sword and cup of wine which indicate their warm welcome to guests and deeply fighting off enemies.

Inside the Narikala fortress is Saint Nicholas Church where we also pay a visit.


Our camera does not only focus on the church but on these walls surrounding it.

Who would have thought that there will be Falls in the heart of the city? Leghvtakhevi waterfalls is located in between Botanical Garden and Bath district. The stunning view of running water brush off our weariness.

Glad to witness another Georgian couple who choose this site as part of their nuptial photo.

On our way out, these colorful and appealing houses makes our walk more at ease.

We also passed by to Sulphur bath houses: Abanotubani.

Though we already saw the Peace Bridge early in the morning on our first day, now only we got the chance to walk on it. The bridge composed of  glass and iron connecting old Tbilisi with the new districts and boasts a 150m roof of steel and glass.

This Pedestrian bridge is also dazzling at night because of its LED lights.

There is still a lot to see in Tbilisi. By simply walking, our eyes fall in love with its charming environment that help us to invest a happy memories in this place.

Thank you Tbilisi…we also love you.

GREMI CASTLE AND CALL OF NATURE

During winter season, some tourist appreciates the snow because of its massive existence in the area. The surrounding in Georgia became an instant canvass with pure white snow on its background. Well, that’s surreal when we were in the mountain but as we explore the Kakheti region, we had a quick stop in a not-touristy place which others might think as an ordinary road but for us who happen to see its natural beauty is something worth of stopover. Our tour guide, Giorgi, called it as his ‘secret place’. I don’t know why but we’re all grateful for he brought us here.

new found friends in Georgia….

Only few cars passed on this road so we totally owned it for some moments. The empty road gives us the opportunity to take a decent photo of jump shot, groupie, and slo-mo. Even the trees and dried leaves was all part of our photo session.

We proceed to the Castle on top of the hill. Gremi was once a  capital of Kakheti in 16th century due to its huge  contribution in the economy and silk trading activities in the region. Here in Gremi, we found a must-visit Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Castle, Bell Tower and Museum roll into one.

The Castle is nestled on the hill so we take several steps to reach its entrance gate.

The architectural wall is outdated, maybe because it was built long time ago, but still it serves a great purpose over the years. It was believed that during those time, this castle was a royal residence of King of Kakheti. As of today, it houses a small museum where you can see the artifacts used on that era.

Look…this is an old comfort room in the castle….

One of the advantage of being in an elevated place like the Bell tower is your chance to see the ground in 360 degree. Whoahhh…this is a panoramic view of Caucasus Mountain.

A flock of sheep greeted us on our way back to our bus.

 

We also visited the oldest tree in Georgia-Platanus Orientalis which is 900+ years old.

The sun was almost set when we’re about to leave but this view remind us that Georgia is beautiful no matter what time it is.

Georgia is also famous for their Sulphur bath. The bath district in Tbilisi is called ‘Abanotubani‘. The subterranean water is high in Sulphur and other mineral which they believed that after soaking will leave your skin relaxed and soft.

After our tiring but fulfilling day in Kakheti, our team book for a Sulphur bath experience at Royal Bath in Tbilisi.

Since we are group of 11, they gave us a private room where there’s an actual pool with continuous flow of hot spring water, our own changing room and toilet plus a waiting area where they serve some free tea.

While 8 of them were on bath-mode in the pool, me and the other lady from another group is just enjoying our tea break.

Past 10pm when we leave the Royal Bath House. To cap off our day 2, we treat ourselves in super late night dinner.