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Gorijvari

Gorijvari

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The ancient church called ‘’Gorijvari’’ stands between the Trialeti Mountains and the river bank of Mtkvari close to the Gori town in Georgia. The church was named after Saint Georges, which was originally built in the 12th century.  It was burned down by the Turks, rebuilt, and destroyed again by an earthquake in 1920. The current church was built in the 1980s. It was at the end of January 2022, we were traveling around Gori town and were looking for some interesting sightseeing objects  - and Gori Jvari popped on our radar. Unfortunately, we were not able (didn't try) to actually reach the…

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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Tsunami Honganji Vihara is a Buddhist Monument in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka We discovered this place at the start of January 2022 while taking a local driver for a trip from our hotel in Bentota to Galle. Our driver told us the tragic story about Tsunami taking more than 35,000 lives in Sri Lanka back in 2004.  This place is a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th December 2004 This Buddha statue in Hikkaduwa, Sri LankaThis Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 at Paraliya as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the…

Barberyn Lighthouse

Barberyn Lighthouse

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Barberyn Lighthouse (also known as Beruwala Lighthouse) is a lighthouse located on Barberyn Island some 800 meters offshore from the town of Beruwala on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. I noticed Barveryn Lighthouse from our hotel (Cinnamon Bey Berawula) and one day when at the beach, a local tour seller offered me a trip to the island and lighthouse. Our agreed price was USD 30 (two adults and one kid). Boat trip to Barberyn LighthouseFrom our hotel the boat ride was about 5-10 minutes. Life jackets were provided. Barberyn LighthouseThe lighthouse was completed in November 1889, and…

Gori Fortress

Gori Fortress

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Gori Fortress is a medieval citadel in Georgia, situated above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. I've visited Gori several times, and several times have seens this impressive fortress, once I even made a nice photography with impressive warrior statues in the footsteps of the fortress, see: Gori Fortress & Memorial of Georgian Warrior Heroes It was back in January 2022, I visited Gori again and decided to make a nice photograhy with the fortress Gori Fortress in GeorgiaStanding on the hilltop, the fortress’s outlines follow the natural relief, hence the irregular shape. The inner…

Colombo Town Hall

Colombo Town Hall

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The Town Hall of Colombo is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the Mayor of Colombo. Built-in front of the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the elected municipal council. I discovered this awesome architectural place a by an accident, by taking a tuk-tuk ride around Colombo city at the start of January 2022. The town hall of ColomboIn 1921 renowned Scottish town planner, Professor Patrick Geddes, recommended that the Council should construct a large central and dignified municipal building to house the council, a public…

How To Start a Restaurant in Tbilisi, Georgia - Food Safety and Permissions

How To Start a Restaurant in Tbilisi, Georgia - Food Safety and Permissions

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With this post, I'm starting a new series on the Doing Business in Georgia topic - opening and operating a profitable restaurant in Georgia. Turns out - I'm not only enjoying eating at Tbilisi restaurants but now I'm also looking to open one. Well, my case might be a bit different as I'm more looking to open an online restaurant, the ghost kitchen also called the dark kitchen, serving orders online only. I have no idea where this journey will end, but one is for sure I'm looking to enjoy the road as much as possible.  Anyhow, once I was able to visualize and formulate what I want to achieve,…

Pshavi's Champions Natakhtari Restaurant

Pshavi's Champions Natakhtari Restaurant

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Pshavi's Champions is another awesome roadside restaurant located in the village of Natakhari (Gudauri highway) We love coming to this area for dinner and have discovered already a few Natakhtari restaurants so far. We were jsut returned from Sri Lanka trip and were looking for some nice dinning place - that show we ended up at Pshavi's Champions place. Turns out Pshavi Champions is a chain of restaurants Khashi's House and Pshavi Champions is a chain of restaurants that first appeared on the Georgian market in 2016 and offers customers delicious Georgian dishes, cozy and comfortable…

Hilton Colombo Residence Apartment Review

Hilton Colombo Residence Apartment Review

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Located in the heart of Colombo city, Hilton Colombo Residence offers rooms and suites with panoramic views of the city, harbor, or the Indian Ocean. Boasting an outdoor pool, it also has a fitness center, squash court, and tennis court. We booked a two-night stay here at the start of January 2022, during our trip to Sri Lanka. In total paid about USD 370. Additionally, we ordered an airport shuffle from the Colombo airport for about $35. Top 13 5-star hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka Apartments at Hilton Colombo residence in Sri Lanka Instead of a 2bd we got a free upgrade to 3bd apartment. We…

36 Reasons to Visit Georgia and Tbilisi

36 Reasons to Visit Georgia and Tbilisi

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In this article, I've listed 36 awesome places to visit in Georgia, Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, and more. These are the places I've actually visited and discovered for the first (Well most of them) back in 2021. From abandoned Russian airfields in the Georgian desert to 5-star hotels in Batumi.  Meeting new life-long friends in the middle of nowhere. Take a bath in the city center of Tbilisi or enjoy natural hot pools near Kazbegi.  Trying a fish near Birvisi or enjoying world-class service near Aspindza. Keep reading to learn more about those special places we have visited and highly recommend…

Seema Malaka Buddhist temple in Colombo

Seema Malaka Buddhist temple in Colombo

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Seema Malaka is a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The temple is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. Situated in Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century. Seema Malaka is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple and is situated a few hundred meters to its east. I had a chance to visit this temple at the start of January 2022, during our Sri Lanka trip. We found this awesome place thanks to the local tuk-tuk driver, who agreed to show us 10 sites in Colombo for just 1,000 Sri Lankan Rupees. At Seema MalakaReally picturesque place. …