You’ve heard about Batumi before, haven’t you? Doesn’t matter what your answer is, you are very lucky, if you visited it or if you are about to head there. It’s an amazing refreshing experience for people who are tired of Europe but are at the same time scared by the Asian lifestyle. Georgia has always been on the crossroad, and Ajara region with Batumi in its heart is no exception.In the Soviet times that was the Nizza of USSR: people from the whole Soviet empire streamed to the Black Sea coast of republic of Georgia to catch some sun, swim,
In 2016 I had the opportunity to cooperate with the Israeli channel TV2 – they asked me to help them with special dishes that are certainly worth a try, once you travel to Tbilisi. My list was quite long, and not all of my favourite dishes and restaurants were included in the program in the end, so I decided to share my tips here. Forgive me, my meat loving friends, but the food I am talking about is totally non-meaty. However, I’m sure you won’t regret following some of my tips. Let’s go explore the culinary scene of Tbilisi!
Jaffo is not really Tel Aviv, as some people say. It used to be Arabic, and on Sabbath you can find some shops open there even now. I can’t say that it was my favorite place in the city, but bargaining at the flea market and drinking in the evening in the old port, eating fish in the seaside restaurant and delicious shakshuka at the market are the part of local experience. Follow me to the picturesque debris of Old Jaffo!
Of course I would love to have amazing weather 365/365 a year, but Georgia is way too diverse, and the weather in its different regions can significantly differ. If you happened to travel here and wake up to a rain or cold day, don’t be upset. This situation can also bring you positive emotions. The most obvious option is to check weather forecast and go to any place, where it is sunnier or dryer. One-day trips from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Kvareli, Sighnaghi and Batumi are possible. If you are in a small town or village in the nature – Mestia,
As I came to Georgia in 2012, wearing local designers seemed to me not a big fashion, but rather a support of a friend who owns an atelier. The Georgians cherish friendships, so there were always people who wore something made here. There were always Avtandil, Anouki, Tamuna Ingorokva, Aleksander Akhalkatsishvili and another dozens of names, but the market seemed pretty small and segmented. Recent Tbilisi Fashion Week in October 2016 made me quite proud. I had this weird tickling and warm feeling of seeing the future. Even though the opening featured fantastic old dresses of Nino Ramishvili, the founder
Several days ago, on a nice Thursday afternoon I went to one of the new coffee shops to check out their winter menu. You might not understand the peculiarity of the situation, but Tbilisi is still the city that mostly drinks Turkish coffee (which I also like), has instant coffee listed in the menus of quite an amount of restaurants and doesn’t care what is beyond cappuccino and latte. And here we have a winter menu of a coffee shop. Being rather a black coffee person, I was still curious to taste those new Russian-style raf and Australian-style flat white,
A trip to Minsk to 34MediaDay appeared to be quite enlightening for me. Even though I am a frequent traveler and try not to let the stereotype squeeze into my mind, there was something to discover for me. And something to apologize for. I really felt like apologizing for not understanding how close the Belarussians are to me and all Ukrainians. It was so worth going there, and I want to come back. You know why?
Dear friends, it’s been a while since I shared my Tbilisi tips for the last time! Apologies, apologies. Had some tours to conduct, tasks to complete and holidays to celebrate 🙂 Now a question. Do you know what unites people from Eastern and Western cultures, as they arrive to Tbilisi as tourists? You will never guess. It is a breakfast issue. For many travelers it is just weird that coffeeshops and cafes may start working at 10 or 11 and serve breakfast this late. “Where can I have my coffee and pastry at 8-9 AM?” – that’s what I hear from people who
Israel didn’t come down on me as a huge wave of sun, old stories and warm air, as I used to imagine before. It didn’t tempt me to give up everything and immediately move there. Our first encounter in Ben Gurion Internatinal Airport felt like a business meeting: hi, how are you, welcome, here is the exchange, here is taxi, here are the shuttles, 64 shekel, you are welcome. In Jerusalem the feeling gets warmer: in a cozy neighbourhood with not very cozy name “German Colony” I am really welcome by the mother of my friend Naomi. She is feeding me,
So after one week in the Holy Land I am back. Pleasantly tired and feeling a bit more confident, I’m getting used to +10 and wind instead of +25 and sun, and to the domination of one religious branch instead of many. In Israel I stayed in the families of my good friends that gave me an incredible experience of real life, and also managed to take some independent steps around the country. This all will result in a short list of tips. The rest – amazing food, incredible nature and overwhelming cultural life – is the subject to a