May 2017

Hotel Mezaparks in Riga

Published: 31 May, 2017 seen 48 Hotel reviews

Hotel Mezaparks in Riga is a really great value deal for a very affordable price (we paid about EUR 30). Located next to the lake Kisezers and just 15 minute drive from the Old town. We booked hotel Mezaparks for one night stay in Spring 2016.  Hotel Mezaparks is a great choice if you are looking for a cheap stay for one night in Riga, it doesn't offer much extra's, although there is even a restaurant located in first floor. This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Hotel Mezaparks enjoys a quiet and green location in a park on the shore of beautiful Lake Kisezers, only a 15-minute drive…

Lopota lake Resort & Spa

Published: 30 May, 2017 seen 824 Lakes

Lopota Lake Resort & Spa is ideal for those seeking a peaceful place to rest. Your personal piece of paradise is located in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, surrounded by the famous Caucasus mountains, just 2 hours drive from Tbilisi, the nation's capital. We first discovered Lopota lake in early Spring 2017, during a weekend trip to the region of Kakheti. We returned here back for a few day stay in June 2020. Lopota lake in Georgia Here is the story of how we first discovered this place - At the start of April (2017), we booked another hotel here in Kakheti (Chateau Mere near…

Hotel Chateau Mere near Telavi

Published: 30 May, 2017 seen 429 Hotel reviews

We booked hotel Chateau Mere Telavi at the start of April 2017 and were hoping to enjoy early spring in Kakheti. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, and instead we enjoyed a couple of rainy days in a stylish hotel complex. For getting forth and back from our Tbilisi apartment to Chateau Mere in Tbilisi we pre-ordered a shuttle service from the hotel (70 GEL one direction) Housed in a stone castle, this design hotel features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool and a spacious garden. Located in Telavi, it is set in Georgia’s wine-producing area amidst the Caucasus Mountains and…

Top 20 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers June 2017

Published: 29 May, 2017 seen 974 Online Shopping

Acer Aspire 15.6 inch sreen size laptop with 4gb RAM memory and Intel Core i3 processor ranks #1 on Amazon.com best selling laptop list June 2017. A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I might earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. For actual prices please refer on product page on Amazon. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U Processor 7th…

Day trip to Gori and nearby vicinity

Published: 28 May, 2017 seen 532 Tours in Georgia

Day trips to Gori and nearby vicinity are quite possible if traveling from Tbilisi. Although not so popular as day trips to Mtskheta and Jvari (because located very close to Tbilisi) a trip to Gori and the region (Shida Kartli) is a nice way to travel through the past.  It was at the end of March 2017, when my business partner (traveltogeorgia.net) agreed to show me some cool and unseen places in Gori and nearby vicinity One of the most famous landmarks in Gori is the Stalin Museum, which I, unfortunately,  didn't visit during this trip (as I've been here several times already in past). The…

Sulfur bath house in Biisi, Georgia

Published: 27 May, 2017 seen 619 Health & Wellness

Georgia is well known of it's sulfur bath houses, most recognized are located in the Tbilisi' s Old Town (see Abanotubani district), but there are more across country. One such is located in Biisi village (Shida Kartli region). I was taken here by a friend from traveltogeorgia.net after we visited Uplitsikhe cave town and Atenis Sioni at the end of March 2017 You won't find much comfort here, but if you love diggers stuff (and I do) or rough travel - Biisi is really cool and attractive place to visit. Eco tourists will enjoy, it's completely free to take a sulfur bath here. Grab a towel…

Ateni Sioni Church

Published: 25 May, 2017 seen 321 Churches and Monasteries

The Ateni Sioni Church  is an early 7th-century Georgian Orthodox church in the village of Ateni, some 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Gori, Georgia. It stands in a setting of the Tana River valley known not only for its historical monuments but also for its picturesque landscapes and wine. The name "Sioni" derives from Mount Zion at Jerusalem. I had a chance to visit Atenis Sioni first in March 2017, as my business partner from tourgeorgia.eu Mrs. David Gabliashvili took me to the most interesting places in Gori area. Atenis Sioni in Georgia Sioni is an early example of a "four-apse…

Chateau Ateni (Winery in Georgia)

Published: 24 May, 2017 seen 659 Tourism objects

Here comes another interesting, though small winery I've visited here in Georgia. Meet Chateau Ateni near Gori. I was taken here in the frames of short day trip to Gori with my business partner David Gablishvili from Traveltogeorgia.net. Chateau Ateni is a small family run winery, offering to try local wine and famous Georgian hospitality. Located some 10km from Uplitisikhe cave town.  Chateau Ateni winery in Georgia As we visited this winery at the end of March it was still nothing much to see, but should be very beautiful if visited in Summer or Fall. Chateau Ateni winery in Georgia A…

Uplistsikhe Cave Town in Georgia

Published: 23 May, 2017 seen 493 Tourism objects

Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, located some 10 kilometers east of the town of Gori, Shida Kartli. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. First visited back in 2011, I have returned here for a few times more, though personally, I find Vardzia cave town more impressive, no doubt Uplistsikhe is a…

How To Reference Nodes in Drupal 8 + Views Relationships Display

Published: 22 May, 2017 seen 7,624 Drupal Development

Lately I feel very enthusiastic working with latest Drupal 8 release, though Drupal 8 have been around for a while already, there are still few drawbacks which keeps me avoiding developing full scale on Drupal 8. I will write down my notes of pros and cons about switching from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 in some of the future posts, in today's Drupal tutorial series I will provide information how to use reference fields and build something awesome, as usual I will use a live example. We are going to build a views display, listing tours in a blog article. You can see my previous simple tutorial on…

Nasdaq Baltics Review After One Month Investment in Dividend Paying Stocks

Published: 21 May, 2017 seen 191 Investments

I started this year (2017) with a goal to save one million dollars in savings accounts by the time I will turn 60 (that's in 2045). For some such goal might sounds unrealistic, for others nothing so special.Anyway it's not about who is right and who is not. It's all about finance discipline and hopefully sunny days in retirement age.  It was decided that I will invest $8,561 in 2017, in different investment opportunities- peer to peer lending, dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.  I've written several articles about my investments in peer to peer lending already, see: Review of Mintos…

Investment Goal #1 - $100/mo from Dividend Payments

Published: 20 May, 2017 seen 307 Investments

It has been a while I did set my general goal of saving million dollars before I will turn 60 (there is still plenty of time). The good news I've been on the right track for the past 5 months and I've been investing in peer to peer lending, dividend paying stocks and mutual funds. I like the idea of getting monthly interest or dividend payments, and I started with investments in Latvian mintos peer to peer lending. Despite pretty high interest rates (more than 11% annually) I feel pretty concerned regarding peer to peer lending, especially in loans issued in Eastern Europe. That's the reason…

Magic Fish - Tbilisi Restaurant

Published: 19 May, 2017 seen 567 Restaurant reviews

Magic Fish is another interesting restaurant I've discovered in Tbilisi (see complete list with Tbilisi restaurant reviews). The fun fact is following, I had seen this place countless times by passing it by on lively Aghmeneshabeli avenue, but never thought, there is a restaurant located inside. As flashy banner, and kind of strange name lead me to think there is some disco bar or something. Turns out I was wrong, and Magic Fish actually is a decent seafood restaurant in Tbilisi. I was taken here actually by friend, I met at gym, see Champions academy in Tbilisi. Shrimps Fish

Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi

Published: 18 May, 2017 seen 331 Restaurant reviews

I've found one of my favorite Tbilisi restaurants - meet Hard Rock cafe Tbilisi, located on lively Vasil Petrashvili street 1, near Tbilisi Philharmonic building. Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi, in fact is first Hard Rock cafe I've ever visited, but now I know, there is a good reason to visit them around the World. Hard Rock Cafe Tbilsi ​Located steps away from Casino Sakartvelo in the historical Vera District of Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia), our brand-new cafe combines the modern style of the Hard Rock brand with a sense of local history. Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi is located within a restored wine…

Drupal 8 Custom Taxonomy Term Pages with Views

Published: 17 May, 2017 seen 16,121 Drupal Development

By default, out of the box, Drupal taxonomy term pages are styled kind of ugly, but with help of just a few simple tweaks we could style them as we wish, just by using CSS. In today's Drupal tutorial series, I will provide simple how to on how to create custom Drupal 8 taxonomy term pages using views. Luckily, you won't need to install any additional modules, as in Drupal 8, views are already built in core, and if you are already familiar with how to style taxonomy term pages in Drupal 7, it will be easy task in Drupal 8, as most of the steps involved are the same. Default taxonomy term page…

EU Cookie Compliance For Drupal 8 Website

Published: 16 May, 2017 seen 1,978 Drupal Development

I'm not an expert in EU laws, but as far as I remember since 2012 there have been passed a law, so called EU Cookie Compliance law, asking website located in the territory of European Union to provide cookie disclaimer to website visitors if any cookie installed on website.  To play safe, I have enabled cookie information bar on my blog (you can see it in the bottom of each page) As, recently I started Drupal 8 development on .eu domain website, which actually is hosted from EU territory I decided to wrap up a simple tutorial on best practice how to enable EU cookie compliance notification…

How to create related content block using taxonomy term in Drupal 8

Published: 15 May, 2017 seen 14,614 Drupal Development

There is no secret that related content can help to improve over all page views for website. More page views means more engaged website visitors, resulting in more sales and higher profit. In today's Drupal tutorial I will write how to make related content block using taxonomy term field in Drupal 8. For Drupal 7 tutorial see: Related nodes based on taxonomy terms In short, if you are already familiar how to create related content block in Drupal 7, there is no huge difference in Drupal 8. If you are new to Drupal, keep reading. Requirements: Content type with taxonomy term enabled.  For this…

Rainy day in Tbilisi - Time Lapse Video

Published: 14 May, 2017 seen 81 Digital Photography School

That time of the year has come and as usual, in April I return to photograph that lovely brick wall opposite to our apartment, turning green. This year I decided to excel in time-lapse photography and video. A few months ago I bought an intervalometer (around Christmas time) and today was actually the first time I put it on real action.  I did a few tests to see how intervalometer actually works, and once get the basic understanding put it to capture 120 shots with 30-second interval (making 30 minutes in total). On-Camera settings, its manual mode, f 11, and ISO 400 (as it was a rainy day, I…

Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Review

Published: 13 May, 2017 seen 2,772 Digital Photography School

The E-M10 Mark I was an excellent camera already. But the E-M10 Mark II is more than a simple update to the Mark I, released for the sake of having an inexpensive flagship mirrorless. The E-M10  Mark II has a load of features bundled into a compact body and with a price tag of less than $500. With features like in-built image stabilization, Wi-fi, touchscreen autofocus and the time-tested 16 MP Micro 4/3rds sensor, let's see if this is the best mirrorless camera for your budget or not! If you are new to mirrorless cameras, see: Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide or Top 20 Best Selling Mirrorless …

Invest in Baltic Property Loans - EstateGuru.co - Real Estate Crowdfunding

Published: 12 May, 2017 seen 248 Investments

Lately I've been into peer to peer lending a lot, though my investments there are relatively small, in fact I've been investing just in one Latvian peer to peer lending platfrom Mintos. I started exploring P2P around at the start of 2016, and opted for Mintos a year later because I was exclusively interested in investments opportunities in Georgia, see: Invest in Georgia - Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending - Mintos.com, also see My Start at Investing on Mintos Peer to Peer Lending Platform: Depositing Funds and Review of Mintos Peer to Peer Lending After One Month of Investing As time went, I…

A tutorial for creating HDR images in Photoshop

Published: 11 May, 2017 seen 4,461 Digital Photography School

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is a technique in which many images – usually around 3 or 5 – are merged together, so that details from all the different images show up in the final HDR image. It is simply using the dynamic range over many exposures in one single image. [block:block=34] Photoshop is a great and very effective tool for merging the series of photos of the same scene you have taken, to give an HDR image with lots of details and tones. In this article, I will tell you how to take photos for merging them into an HDR image, and then how to use the photos for the actual…

Facebook Like & Share Buttons on Drupal 8 using Views

Published: 10 May, 2017 seen 1,637 Drupal Development

In this tutorial you will learn how to setup custom Facebook like & share buttons for Drupal 8 website using views display. No doubt, there are many great modules set and forget configuration. Though if you are looking to display functional social share buttons on views based pages, you will need to come out with custom solution.  There are many pages and even blocks in Drupal social share buttons to be featured, like custom blocks, taxonomy pages, custom pages and so on. For Drupal 7 see: Facebook share button for Drupal views Here is live examples with Facebook like & share buttons…

How To Add Open Graph Protocol For Drupal 8 Website

Published: 9 May, 2017 seen 6,048 Drupal Development

In today's Drupal tutorial series I will write down my notes, how to add open graph protocol for Drupal 8 website.  The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to allow any web page to have the same functionality as any other object on Facebook. While many different technologies and schemas exist and could be combined together, there isn't a single technology which provides enough information to richly represent any web page within the social graph. The Open Graph protocol builds on these existing technologies…

Sony A5000 Mirrorless Camera Review

Published: 8 May, 2017 seen 6,948 Gadget Reviews

The Sony A5000 is a light and compact mirrorless camera, featuring interchangeable lens and a DSLR-class APS-C sensor. The combination of a small, pocketable design with the ability to use a range of different lens and such a large sensor, makes the A5000 an attractive solution for mobile photographers looking for more imaging power than that of traditional point-and-shoots or modern smartphones.   A quick note: Following review contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. …

Top 16 Intel Core i7 processor gaming laptops / business notebooks of 2017

Published: 7 May, 2017 seen 13,022 Online Shopping

When it comes down to the power and endurance - Intel Core i7 processors should be a top of your priority list -  a fast processor accompanied with plenty of RAM and great graphics card are among the top three to look on. In this article, I have listed Top 16 laptop models with latest Intel Core i7 processors popular on Amazon as of 2017. For an updated version, please see: Top 20 Intel Core i7 processor Laptop / Notebook models Bellow listed models will be the top choice among gamers and business users. Creative graphic designers, video animators, and photographers will enjoy these powerful…

3 Day Experiment With Facebook Conversions Ads

Published: 7 May, 2017 seen 320 Blogging

In this article I'll review a mini case study from my 3 day experiments with Facebook conversions ads, at the end of this article I'l provide a brief tutorial on how to setup Facebook conversion advertising for your website. I've a love/hate relationships when it comes down to Facebook advertising, I've been using Facebook ads for years with mixed results. Facebook ads helps to drive traffic, and it helps to drive likes and shares like a crazy. Depending on your topic and niche the results will vary.  In general I've been spending money on Facebook ads to generate some buzz around my blog,…

How to send OneSignal RSS Push Notifications Using Zapier

Published: 6 May, 2017 seen 467 Blogging

I've been using OneSignal to collect web push subscribers for my blog, since November 2016, by now I can brag with more than 12,000 web push subscribers for this blog. As I keep writing on many topics, I don't find it a good idea of sending RSS notification for each new article. How To Setup Web Push Notifications For Drupal 8 (Or Any Other Site) Using OneSignal Actually this is the thing I'm missing on OneSignal, a better segmentation. By now I keep sending web push notifications manually - once or twice per month. Recently I started to develop another website, selling tour packages in…

How To Setup Web Push Notifications For Drupal 8 (Or Any Other Site) Using OneSignal

Published: 5 May, 2017 seen 2,781 Drupal Development

Web push notifications are hot in 2017, we will see them more in future for sure. I've been using web push notifications for my personal blog and from what I've seen - it's very powerful marketing tool, allowing you to reach your audience very fast - for blogs and websites that means more returning visitors, for commerce sites that definitely means more sales. In the past I've tried a few web push notifications providers, but at the end I've chose to stay with onesignal.com, because of it's absolutely free, no matter how many subscribers you have. Right now this blog has more than 7,000…

Mintos.com Review after 3 month investing in Peer to Peer loans

Published: 4 May, 2017 seen 2,980 Investments

April 21st marked 3 month anniversary since  I've been actively investing on Mintos.com marketplace. In today's article I will share some of my key findings on how much some can earn here with little money.  Update: See my latest Mintos review: Mintos.com Review 2020 (36 Month of Investing in Peer to Peer Lending) In short - my earnings here are very humble, with last April setting personal interest payment record at EUR 25.83. Depending on your investment strategy - that's from little to a lot. For me, this seems a decent start, and I'm looking to double monthly interest payments here by the…

Postfix Send Only SMPT Mail for Drupal 8 on Ubuntu 16.04, Nginx

Published: 3 May, 2017 seen 789 Servers

If you have recently installed a fresh Drupal 8 site on Ubuntu 16.04 with Nginx running on it and you are getting Unable to send e-mail. Contact the site administrator if the problem persists notice after submitting contact form, you are missing an important element for your site to functions properly. You could be missing important information about available updates, as Drupal uses cron to sends notification e-mails once updates are available. The following written applies not only to Drupal sites, it basically applies for Nginx and Ubuntu 16.04. Since I was working with a Drupal 8 project…

10 Day Business / Leisure Trip to the United States (New York & Philadelphia)

Published: 2 May, 2017 seen 61 Travel guides

A short 10 day trip to the United States, visiting 3 states (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania)  Long story short - I had to fly to the United States for one reason - opening a bank account (see: How To Open A Bank Account in the U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen, Wells Fargo Bank), for the flight, we decided to go with Ukrainian airlines from Tbilisi via Kyiv to New York City (see: About Tbilisi - Kyiv - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines)  Unplanned flight delay in Kyiv happened for 10 hours, during which I managed to craft a short day trip to Kyiv (see: Short Day Trip To Kyiv,…

How To Override Drupal 8 Frontpage Title

Published: 1 May, 2017 seen 1,871 Drupal Development

Recently I've started a new Drupal 8 website for a personal project tour listings in Georgia.  As I've been a core Drupal 7 user since 2011, Drupal 8 involves a new learning curve even for me. In this short article I will provide a quick setup how to override Drupal's 8 frontpage title tag using metatag module In general frontpage of your website should include main keywords for SEO, by default Drupal 8 shows Home | [site:name], which is not very SEO friendly in fact, as what we would love to achieve is to have Your Keywords | [site:name].  For example: Best tours in Georgia and Tbilisi -…