Readuponit: Travel and voracious reading

Max Hartshorne, travel website editor, sharing some of the stuff I read, hear and see with you. Updated every day. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Stalin Museum in Gori: An Awkward Remembrance of the Native Son

October 16, 2014

Tweet   Even before we reached the grim industrial city of Gori, my friends on the bus were talking about how much they wanted to see the museum there dedicated to its most infamous son, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. When we got there, Joseph Stalin’s light green private rail car was what we saw first. He [...]

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Mtskheta’s Church from 603 ad, and Iago and Marina’s Feast

October 15, 2014

Tweet   Our day of travel and exploring across western Georgia began at the home and winery of Iago and Marina Bitarishvili in rural Mtskheta.  This consonant-heavy small town is also the home of one of the country’s oldest churches, which was built high on a hill around the year 603.  Seeing a church built [...]

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A Crossroads of the Caucasus, Georgia Was a Tempting Invasion Target for Centuries

October 14, 2014

Tweet   We woke up in Sighnaghi and outside men were playing backgammon while a small dog sat majestically atop a stone step in the town square. Young men sat outside our hotel strumming on a four-stringed small guitar. I asked them if they could play any Rolling Stones, Dylan or Led Zeppelin and they [...]

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Georgia on My Mind

October 14, 2014

Tweet Georgia: some random thoughts as we drove from the center of the country, Tbilisi, to the west: Along the road, we came to a detour, with two policemen directing our bus shunting us off to a dusty rutted road. We were driving through the remains of an old Soviet factory, one of hundreds that [...]

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Georgian Hospitality: “God Tests You By Sending You Guests”

October 12, 2014

Tweet   “God tests how much you love him by sending you guests,” said John H. Wurdeman V.  We were seated at a long table, shoe-horned into a narrow establishment in downtown Tbilisi called Azarphesha Restaurant, and before us was the first course of a long, long dinner of mezze plates. He spoke with an [...]

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Georgia, The Republic, Lies Ahead

October 8, 2014

Tweet   On Friday I am flying to Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, with a group of 10 journalists to tour the country and get to know what travelers can find there.  We will spend a long layover in Munich before we hit Georgia’s capital city on Sunday October 12. Georgia is [...]

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