Day 7 of 60 – Summer 2018

Up in the wee small hours to catch flight to Frankfurt as the next part of my holiday travels begin. Sitting in the lounge at Frankfurt (love a lounge) watching the planes land, the airport trains pass and eating frankfurters!

Sun is shining but cloud of varying shades of grey around.

Georgia, June 2018

5 days in and around Tbilisi:

Does George or Nino know the number for the fire brigade?

Best fed stray dogs

Sulphur baths 24/7

Iranians on boats

Mushrooms housing everything

Social balconies

Trouser legs for concerts

Pheasants or deer: cooked or healed

Amber or black wine

Homegrown communist dictator

Jazz with the duduki

Lunch with Georgians and 300 year old cookery book

Royal family in waiting

Don’t smile: we’re Georgian

Not St George but Greek meaning land: geo

Unique alphabet dating to 5th Century

Deda and Mama

Rustaveli and Chavchav…

Caught in the middle

I wish you victory

Silk route hub

Iberia…and Iberia

Day 6 of 60 – Summer 2018

24 hours in Astana!

Touch down back in Astana to a blood red sunrise. To sleep or not to sleep is a key question. A three hour flight does not give enough time to compensate for a nights loss of sleep so off to bed for a few hours.

A hot and windy day with clouds building. A few shopping errands, couple of loads of washing and then the repack. Need to think about clothes for Balkan’s too where it will be hot. Got a few new things in a great boutique very similar to Oasis in Dubai. Great for warm weather, no crush and will dry quickly so tick boxes for 3 weeks of travel.

Day 5 of 60 – Summer 2018

Last day in Tbilisi…for now. Rang the chains three times to make sure I come back!

A lot of rain last night with a few flashes of lightening and rumbles of thunder so garden is a bit damp. Got back last night before heavens opened after long day of travel and evening of chilled jazz.

This morning is cool, damp and overcast with forecast of more rain to come…or maybe not!

A visit to the museum first thing after breakfast. Have read about a permanent exhibition about life under Soviet Union rule and homegrown communist icon Stalin.

Lunch with local education figure to talk about schools and English curriculum in an international context.

Perhaps a bit of shopping later as a couple of interesting local boutiques noticed and need exploring!

Day 3 of 60 – Summer 2018

Another glorious day in Tbilisi. Walking tour booked for midday so tea in the garden, breakfast on way to the museum then meet our guide.

So, Museum was closed (world over Monday is a day of rest for museums) so headed for Tourist Information for ideas in where to go tomorrow…not helpful! Off into the old town to find helpful tour operators…tour booked to the mountains tomorrow.

Day 1 of 60 – Summer 2018

Today I awake in a country that I know almost nothing about.

I am in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. I know the weather will be gloriously warm and that there is a threat of rain and thunder (related to the gloriously warm). I know that we are between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea and that it took 3 hours and 35 minutes from Astana. I have heard that there are lots of monasteries perching precariously on hilltops and lots of churches. I do know that Georgian food is delicious (particularly the katchapuri – cheesy bread).

So first trip today is to the Georgian Orthodox Churches equivalent to the Vatican.

Let’s see what else I know as the day goes by…