Georgian Adventures, Part 4

Our next trip in the Georgian Caucasus took us to the small province of Racha, known for its traditional culture, honey and wine. A quick look at the roadside food stalls reveals plums, figs and lady apples, but also chanterelles: And here is some of the famous Racha honey. Dozens of beekeepers are set up […]

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Shatili

Georgian Adventures, Part 3

True adventure in the Caucasus generally begins with trips to the mountainous regions. A combination of civil war, earthquake, rude climate and long neglect means that the roads are in dismal condition. Luckily, recent government efforts have taken the bandits out of the way and nowadays you can be confident that you will arrive at your destination alive and with […]

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Road to Sighnaghi - Buying Chacha

Georgian Adventures, Part 2

Our trip to Kakheti started with an abandoned mountain road that our questionable map had identified as the shortest path to Telavi, the administrative center of the region. Despite lack of road signs, the fences blocking access, and the police officers mounting guard, we had now crossed the Gombori Pass, and drove through the village […]

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Road to Sighnaghi - Soviet Mosaic

Georgian Adventures, Part 1

Over the past few summers, I have traveled throughout the Caucasus, from the capital cities to the most remote mountain villages. I will share with you some of those adventures. Let’s start this series about Georgia with an unlikely theme: food representation in the public Soviet art of the Kakheti region. Located in the Eastern part […]

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