Bakuriani 2017

This might become an annual trip, last year we visited Bakuriani (A Trip to Bakuriani ) and this year too.

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Bakuriani is one of three Georgian ski resorts (the others are Gudauri and Mestia). We left Tbilisi on Friday morning  with some of Khato’s colleagues and 3 children, in a Mitsubishi Delica dependably driven by Dato.  I don’t ski, but I can still enjoy the snowy landscape of Bakuriani.

We took Ana, our granddaughter; Bakuriani has a park with numerous activities, Ana liked being flung into the air on an aero-bungy maxi trampoline thingy…

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Ana in the air

Bakuriani has three ski lifts, last year we went up to the first level, this year we went to the top for the inevitable photo opportunity.

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Group photo

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at the top

Back in Bakuriani, Ana had a lot of fun descending a small slope on a snow sled.

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We had fun walking in the snow, breathing the fresh mountain air and taking lots of wintry photos.

On the return to Tbilisi on Sunday, we made a detour to visit Zedazeni Monastery, located on the Zedazeni mountain in the hills of Saguramo overlooking Tbilisi. The monastery dates back to the 6th century.

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Zedazeni Monastery

It was a pleasant break, a chance to see some snowy vistas and have some rest, away from the daily hustle and bustle.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Ambience: The Georgian Supra

This week’s challenge is Ambience.
The Georgian Supra has a particular ambience, where family and friends gather around a table laden with food, make toasts and eat well.


The ‘supra’ is a traditional and extravagant Georgian meal, held on all big occasions and the backbone of Georgian culture.

Though the specifics vary depending on the host and the company present, many elements of a supra are always the same. The traditional leader of the supra is the Tamada, or toastmaster, who leads the toasts. This person is as vital to the supra as the supra is to Georgian culture, because supras revolve entirely around toasts, which can stretch out to several minutes in length. The Tamada always opens with a toast to Sakartvelo (Georgia, in Georgian) and then one to God, and then generally one to the most honoured people in the room, the guests.

Another element of the supra is the food and wine, which keeps on flowing. The wine is usually homemade and the jugs will be frequently topped up. Georgians claim to have invented wine , an element of their culture they are extremely proud of. In Soviet days Georgia (along with Moldova) supplied the wine for the whole Soviet Union.

If it’s a proper supra, the attendees will leave tipsy and full, in both body and spirit. They will feel camaraderie with the other people around the table, a connection after all the toasts, wine, songs, food, and conversation. New relationships will have been forged, new memories created.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

This week’s challenge is Resilient

Here in Georgia we see a lot of Soviet cars from the seventies and eighties still in daily use. They maybe a bit rough around the edges but they have lasted longer than a lot of western kit, which was twice the price at the time.

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Izh Kombi

 

This Izh Kombi (ИЖ-2125 Комби) has some dents and rust but it is still going, it is resilient. When the Kombi first appeared in 1972, its five door hatchback design was unusual, the style was only preceded by the Renault 16 and Austin Maxi, now 5 door hatchbacks are commonplace.