Stepantsminda Georgia

Our longest journey from Tbilisi was to Stepantsminda and took some 3 hours by mini-bus which we took from a train/metro station on the edge of Tbilisi. The mini-buses in Georgia run when they are full,  on a fixed route with stops on demand. Since Stepantsminda is a reasonably important settlement our mini-bus driver must have taken only full journey passengers only made a single stop, for refreshments. The journey wound north on what is called the “Georgian Military Highway” as it took troops from Russia to its borders with Turkey and Iran. However the closer we got to the border between Georgia and Russia the road was increasingly a lorry park as they seemed to be waiting to move in convoy north. It was through stunning scenery with the single track road snaking through a steep valley.  We only wanted to visit a single place near the town,

Gergeti Trinity Church
Gergeti Trinity Church

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Gori Georgia

Just over an hours drive west of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is Gori, we took a mini-bus from the outskirts of Tbilisi near a rail station, to reach the town. The journey travels initially through the mountains which surround Tbilisi and eventually open out into a broad fertile valley.

View from Gori Fort
View from Gori Fort

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Tbilisi Georgia

We flew into Tbilisi Georgia from Muscat with the world under the plane gradually becoming greener as we flew north.  The airport in Tbilisi is on the edge of city and after buying a SIM card we took a taxi into town, crossing over the river, which had flooded the city not so long ago, and into Vake where we would stay.

Central Tbilisi Georgia
Central Tbilisi Georgia

Vake is an area with tree-lined boulevards and,  Continue reading “Tbilisi Georgia”