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.

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HELLO CANADA

2011. A year when our cousin and her family migrated to Canada for good. As we dropped them to the airport and saw walking away from us, we couldn’t help but to embrace the reality that we need to be independent now, to accept that our life in Dubai must go on without their guidance anymore, to think that it is just a temporary goodbye and someday we’ll see each other again. I can’t explain where I get the nerves to imagine the same scenario with her family, not to say goodbye but to welcome me in Canada airport. Oh..la..la…this is the starting point of unleashing the dreamer in me.

throwback...2011 (Dubai Airport)

throwback…2011 (Dubai Airport with my extended family)

2015-July is my target goal. A year before that, I faced the biggest challenge in my life leaving me with no choice but to set aside my personal dream temporarily. I’m still fine even if I didn’t make it the way I plan.

Fast forward to 2016, I pick up my dream again. I started to plan, ask, research and apply for visitor’s visa. Prayers work. Easter Sunday this year when I received my passport with a visa stamped on it. Thank you, Lord!

The scenes I visualized way back in 2011 happen exactly  last June 30. Again, they were in the airport to pick me up. It’s nice to see them after so many years. We created happy memories again but this time in their place in Canada.

Yehey....reunited...

                                         Yehey….reunited… (Canada Airport)

 

Thank you!

                                                                  Thank you!

 

They were excited to roam me around. Our first stop: Prince’s Island Park. They don’t know that I appreciate the nature more than any gorgeous building or malls so being in the park early in the morning is such a heavenly gift. I keep on saying “wow” to my cousin. She’s just laughing at me and said that the place, though it’s relaxing, might be ordinary if I will see the other tourist’s destination in Canada. Okay, let’s see those place in my next posts but for now walk with me as we start our stroll to Prince’s Island Park.

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Prince’s Island Park is an urban park located in north of Downtown Calgary. It is actually an island on the Bow River where many major festivals was held every year.

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The Park occupy 20 hectares land. So big enough to accommodate lot of visitors. There’s a lot of things you can do inside the park like:

Picnic under the green trees.

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Walking/running/biking in the pathways.

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Reading/ chit chatting while sitting in the wooden bench.

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Enjoying the Pond.

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Relaxing on wide green spaces.

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Best view of Office Hub inside the park.

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Finding Squirrel.

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Simply do nothing and just enjoy the surrounding.

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Prince’s Island Park is connected to different footbridge making it easy for park lovers to visit anytime of the day. We walked to Peace Bridge on our way back to Downtown. This is one of the famous pedestrian bridge according to my cousin.

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The park is open daily and no admission fee. If you really love nature tripping then Prince’s Island Park is offering you the best place to relax within the city center.