Tbilisi, Georgia, Caucasus, view on the old town

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, a small country in the southern Caucasus on the edge of Europe.The Georgian culture is unique; its language has no relation with other spoken in the region, like the Turkic or Indo-European language groups. Georgians are an extremely hospitable and friendly people, who faced many threats and disasters throughout its history, like the Mongol invasion and many wars with Ottoman and Persian invaders. The post Soviet Russian state is seeking to preserve some of its influence in the region, against the interest of the Georgians.

The Caucasus mountain range has a very diverse natural beauty. Regions like Svaneti are only accessable for 6 months a year, due to the terrible road conditions in winter. Summertime is ideal for hiking and wintertime allows for skiing in Bakuriani and Gudauri. Nighttime is the right time to enjoy the marvels of the Georgian cuisine and fine wines Georgia has to offer. Especially Kacheti is renowned for its great red and white wines. A Georgian feast :-) is nothing without them. Gaumarjos!

For a recent article on Georgia, look here

My pictures from Georgia kan be found here: picasaweb