Blog Archive: December 2015

Sieksāte Church and Monastery Complex Under Construction

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"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28 There is to be constructed a new Lutheran church and a monastery in Sieksāte Latvia. In above…


Campsite Kurzemes Pērle

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Campsite Kurzemes pērle is located in the beautiful and picturesque surroundings just 200 meters from the Sepenes Lake. I discovered this place doing a random driving around spectacular places in Latvia. Just after Podnieku Lake and Pastaiga…


Expo Georgia Exhibition Center in Tbilisi

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One of my first memories from Georgia are very related with Expo Georgia Exhibition center, back in April 2011 when I first arrived to Georgia, just shortly I had an opportunity to visit a fair held here - Caucasus Tourism Fair. Back then I realized…


Recreation Center Near Tirelu Lake - Pastaiga Mākoņos

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We were just randomly driving around beautiful Latvia and headed here just after had a stop at Podnieku lake. This place is pretty popular and well known for locals and huge was our surprise when we noticed a turnpike which stopped our ride in the…


Kafe Bari Zodiako in Telavi

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Kafe bari Zodiako, most probably in English would sound as Cafe - bar Zodiako, but I really enjoy the Georgian version. Kafe bari Zodiako is located in town of Telavi (Region of Kakheti) in Republic of Georgia. This place was recommended to us by…


Operation - Saving Swans

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That happened in Summer 2015 on a highway connecting Liepaja with Riga in Latvia. We were returning home from Liepāja and enjoyed a newly constructed (renovated) Liepāja highway, when suddenly we had to stop our car because of a Swan family walked …


East Point Shopping Mall in Tbilisi

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There is a new and modern shopping center recently built and opened for public in Tbilisi. Meet East Point. Located in suburbs of Varketili (neighborhood of Tbilisi) next to Kakheti highway on the road to Tbilisi Airport. More than 150 clothing,…


Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi 2015

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Christmas charity Winter Fair was held in Tbilisi's Radisson Blu Iveria hotel on December 5, 2015. Winter fair was organized by International Women's Association Georgia (IWAG) and as in all previous year we paid a visit here and bought a lot of…


Minimum Wage Set to Rise in All Baltic States in 2016

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There have been some positive improvements for raising the minimum wage in all three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) in recent years. And there are more to come. In 2016 minimum wage is set to rise in all Baltic states. Estonia will…


Podnieku Lake Near Kalvene in Latvia

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Podnieku lake is located close to the Kalvene in Western Latvia. We headed here while returning back from Liepāja (probably we were eating paella's and empanadas at Tex-Mex Klondaika restaurant prior). This lake seems in past has been some popular…


Akhali (New) Shuamta Monastery Complex

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If you are traveling to the region of Kakheti in Georgia and your road is leading through the Telavi town, there are a few interesting tourist sites to visit and one of them is monastery complex Akhali Shuamta.  We arrived to this site just shortly…


Listening to Classical Music at Tbilisi Baroque Festival

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Tbilisi Baroque Festival was held from November 13 till December 6, 2015 in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. There is something in the classical music. I don't know exactly what, but I have found that lately I'm starting to enjoy it. Maybe that was…


Visa Free Travel For Georgian Citizens Entering European Union

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December 18, 2015 marked another important milestone for Georgia - European Commission agreed to lift visa requirements for Georgian citizens entering European Union. According to record from European Commission visa free travel will enter in force…


Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi

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I don't call myself an art or museum person, thus time by time I visit some exhibition, and that's exactly happened again at start of December, 2015 - For the first time I visited Tbilisi MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). And it happened by accident. It…


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Rustaveli Avenue (Tbilisi)

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf seems is a popular coffee shop brand in US. Thus I thought this is some Georgian brand when first noticed (and a lot of times actually visiting) the one located at Tbilisi Mall. In today's article about Tbilisi…


Restaurant Tsiskvili in Tskneti

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It was a mid day of working day at the start of December when I came up with spontaneous idea  - lets leave our work behind and let's go out. I was eager to photography a daylight photography for my 365 photo project. We decided to use public bus…


Tex-Mex Klondaika Restaurant in Liepāja

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Tex-Mex Klondaika in Liepāja is among one of my favorite Liepāja restaurants. I can't say I'm visiting this seaside town too often, but once I'm here I'm looking for this brand. Located on lovely Stendera street in almost Liepāja city center, this…


Car Service in Kazdanga

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If you are having troubles with engine, need to change a tire or just looking to replace oil and you are stuck in Kazdanga area (Latvia) there is one car service I can recommend. Since I believe it's the one and only one in Kazdanga, let's name it…


How to Capture and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos Using HDR Efex PRO

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In today's digital photography school tutorial I will show how you can take and make professional looking images using technology which is called HDR photography. In fact before teaching you how to take and process a HDR images please take a note…


Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery

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If you are traveling to region of Kakheti and your road is leading through Telavi town, there are few interesting tourist sites to visit and one of them is a very old monastery complex called Dzveli Shuamta. For the first time I visited this site…