Living in Georgia

I have been living in the Republic of Georgia, an amazing country, located in the Southern Caucasus, since April 2011. In this section, you will find articles, illustrated with rich photo and drone footage materials + insider stories, from my experience during my stay here. 

Batumi From a Drone Flight 2020

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Beautiful Batumi from a bird's flight. DJI Mini Mavic 2.7K drone footage August 5th, 2020 Lovingly post-processed in Tbilisi just now Music by Scott Holmes, Driven to Success While shooting this footage almost crashed my little drone to the Alphabetic tower while doing circuit cinematic flight


Best stock options trading platform in Georgia (and most of the rest of the World)

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I've been trading stocks for about 20 years, I still remember the days around the millennium when I visited the bank office in person to place a stock buy or sell order.  Not so long away, me too - I was on the searches for the best online discount broker. My online searches found Degiro and Interactive Brokers. Back when I was looking to open my account, Interactive Brokers asked for a minimum deposit of USD 10,000, which I didn't have at that moment. And then a blog reader pointed to the…


Kazbegi Trip 2021

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Kazbegi trip - or searching for hot pools at Truso Valley, wandering at Darial gorge near the Georgian - Russian border, reaching Gveleti waterfall, walk in the clouds at Gergeti.. and of course a lot of offroad driving. Thanks, Ralph Schmidt and Rosemarie Rivera for making this trip happen. July 24-25, 2021


About Tbilisi - Batumi Flight by Vanilla Sky

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At the end of May 2021, we traveled Tbilisi - Batumi (and back) for the first time with an airplane. And let me say  - this is the best option to travel between these two Georgian cities. In the past, I've tried a train, marshrutka, and private vehicle. Flight is only 50 minutes and you don't feel tired not at all. i first hear about Vanilla Sky (back then it was called Service air) back in the Summer of 2014, when planned a trip to Mestia, but at the end in that year we traveled to Yerevan in…


Weekend

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Weekend - turned out quite a nice video, despite a bad luck filming. Got a no-fly warning from monks at Zedazeni monastery and heavy rain ruined my plans filming at Birtvisi canyon. From the good - discovered how to use action track on Mavic Air 2. All the rest - enjoy! Music by Scott Holmes: Storybook April 9-11, 2021


Javakheti Trip

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One of the strangest weekend trips, - from the Russian Tsar favorite places in Abastumani to the footsteps of Khertvisi fortress which, rumor has it, Alexader the Great has visited. From the Georgian Cave towns in Vardzia to friendly Armenians in Ninotsminda and back to Russian Dukhobor settlements near the beautiful lakes of Saghamo, Paravani, and Tsalka reservoir, not to mention tasty Belgian chocolate from the Phoka Monastery. Strange, but awesome. Thumbs up!


Vashlovani Trip

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Epic Georgia! Epic Vashlovani! Another awesome weekend recorded. Crossing desert sand, meeting more than 30 turtles, reaching man-built Chachuna reservoir, stepping in volcano mud puddles. With an overnight stay in a camp base powered by solar power. Reaching Eagle canyon near Dedoplitskaro and having fun at abandoned Russian airfields in the middle of nowhere. Many thanks to Ralph Schmidt for making this trip happen. June 5-6, 2021  


Batumi and Green Cape

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Another awesome weekend has been in our tapes - this time we booked a Tbilisi - Batumi flight by Vanilla Sky (it's super cheap and takes only 50 minutes to get there), a 5-star Hilton Hotel with executive views + gym and saltwater pool access. Visited Green Cape + Botanical garden. Pink ice cream is still our favorite. Made a ton of hyper lapses and experimented with keyframing (fast forward in Adobe Premiere). Enjoy and thumbs up!


Trip To Bazaleti Lake in Georgia

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This weekend we decided to stay in close proximity to Tbilisi - choosing Tsilkani, Natakhtari, Bazaleti route - met a few donkeys, a lot of butterflies, and tried some of the best katmis mcvadi at Salty Garden and of course cooling off at Biltmore's swimming pool in the afternoon


Trip To David Gareja Monastery in Georgia

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Beautiful mountains in Georgia, fly a kite in the dessert, and swim in the 5-star hotel's pool - here is our Trip to the David Gareja monastery complex. May 16, 2021 David Gareja Monastery complex probably is among the top tourist attractions in the Republic of Georgia you should visit. Located in the desert, bordering Azerbaijan this place provides very spectacular views. The best ways to get here are either by using your own vehicle or hiring a driver or booking a trip.