Georgia, The Republic, Lies Ahead

tskhoveli-cathedral
Tskhoveli Cathedral

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 located next to Armenia, between the Black and the Caspian seas, to its north is all Russia.

I’m always excited about visiting a country that’s new to me.  This will my first trip to a former Soviet republic, and I know very, very little about what I’ll find there.  The only thing I’ve learned is from stories I read on GoNOMAD, which regaled Georgia’s wineries as a highlight.

A priest at Sveti Tskhoveli Cathedral in Mkskheta, Georgia. Photos by David Rich
A priest at Sveti Tskhoveli Cathedral in Mkskheta, Georgia. Photos by David Rich

In Tbilisi, one of our stops are the Sulfur Baths, built in the 17th century and topped by red brick domes, heated by hot springs in an old neighborhood.

We will also see the Georgian National Museum with magnificent gold and silver objects going back to the 3rd and 4th centuries. The next day we hit the road, to Alaverdi, to tour an ancient monastery and a museum in Tsinandali.

Later in the week we will visit a health resort in Tskaltubo with famous mineral springs which once attracted party officials and others from the USSR.

One of Georgia’s claims to fame is that Josef Stalin was born there. We will travel to a mountain town in Northwest Georgia at the foot of the Caucasus mountains with lots of historic sites.

Finally we’ll see the mountaintop village of Ushguli, a UNESCO World Heritage site and said to be the highest village in Europe.

I’ll share my trip right here, so I hope to see you next week!

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