Photography

One photo can tell thousand words? I decided to express myself using both words and images I have been taking during my travels from different countries and cultures (a lot of photography from Georgia) or trying out a new recipe. Alternatively take a look at Piece of Life photo project. Visit digital photography school for different photography learning tutorials.
Events

3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Riga, Latvia

On May 21, 2015 3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum happened in Riga, Latvia. This Business forum was a part of the greater Eastern Partnership summit. I visited this forum as a representative of Georgia based foreign company Caucasus Translations. Such events like business forums are great for networking, establishing new contacts and...
Travel guides

Buying Tulip Bulbs near Keukenhof (The Netherlands)

If you are the person who loves to bring flower seeds or bulbs from your travels abroad then you might find interesting my experience buying flower bulbs and perennial near Keukenhof's Garden in Netherlands. At first I must admit I'm absolutely not a flower expert - I prefer photograph them, but as I learned at this nursery this...
Tourism objects

Keukenhof Tulip (Flower) Garden in Netherlands

Keukenhof is a paradise for flower lovers and especially for those ones who are into tulips. Keukenhof is located in province of South Holland in Netherlands in town of Lisse. One of the reasons people spend money and travel here from all around the world is a blooming season of tulips. I actually learnt a few interesting facts about tulips here...
Travel guides

Leiden - A Lovely Dutch City in South Holland

We arrived at a lovely city of Leiden in Netherlands from Düsseldorf Germany. Frankly speaking I hadn't  before heard the name of Leiden, and I'm glad I learned something new.The reason we headed to Leiden was simple, according to some sources here starts the Bloemen Route (Flower route) to Keukenhof's flower garden. So we arrived...
Hotel reviews

Bastion Hotel Dusseldorf Neuss Review

We ended our first day in Germany at hotel Bastion located in a small town called Neuss close to a larger Dusseldorf. I must admit we had a problems to find this location, but it was my fault not hotels. I didn't know how to enter address on our rental cars navigation system, so we did have a drive "on blind".After a several stops at gas stations...
Restaurant reviews

First Flush Tea Room in Bonn Review

Welcome to my second Germany's restaurant review. First one happened some 40 km South from Bonn in a lovely town of Andernach, back there I made a review about Italian style restaurant "Bellini".First Flush Tea Room as it's name already suggests is more a tea room than a restaurant, but you can order some meal here as well.First Flush Tea RoomThis...
Tourism objects

Marketplace and Old Town Hall in Bonn, Germany

One thing I like about travel photography it helps to recall those amazing places you have visited during your travels. So today looking through my travel photos I found an intereting place, I would even call it a gem - Bonn's Old Town Hall and marketplace near it.In fact during my visit there I had no clue there is a marketplace actually. Cool...
Tourism objects

Beethoven's House of Birth in Bonn, Germany

The idea to visit Beethoven's House of birth arrived from friend of us whom we earlier picked up in city of Koblenz. Honestly speaking I have no idea why he (friend) was so eager to see this place because in fact we didn't see anything more than just a usual dwelling house and a street table on that house indicating that indeed a maestro of all...
Tourism objects

Poppelsdorf Palace And Its Surroundings In Bonn, Germany

We hadn't any plans to visit this lovely and former capital city of West Germany Bonn. Our friend who is living in Germany and we picked up him earlier this day in Koblenz insisted we should visit some place were some Mozart (well actually Ludwig von Beethoven) were born and it turned out to be a city of Bonn. We arrived here at Bonn from a...
Restaurant reviews

Restaurant 'Bellini' In Andernach, Germany

Restaurant Bellini is an Italian style restaurant located in the spectacular German town of Andernach (some 20 km North from Koblenz). You can find my first impressions of this lovely town located on the banks of Rhine river here: Andernach - A Lovely German Town On The Banks Of Rhine I must admit neither me, neither us we were looking for...
Tourism objects

Andernach - A Lovely German Town On The Banks Of Rhine

Andernach indeed is one of the loveliest German towns I have visited lately. In fact, I haven't visited Germany a lot. We arrived here after picked up a friend in Koblenz. The town of Andernach is located just some 20 km North of Koblenz. I know some will find it strange to leave a city of Koblenz not seeing it much (just a railway...
Churches and Monasteries

The Orthodox Church of Kuldiga

I have been lately a lot in church photography. Perhaps Georgia as an Orthodox country has learned me this lesson. Churches are interesting for photography, I believe it's pretty hard to take a decent image of a church by not using some good lenses and a tripod. Churches looks great from a distance, they are majestic and impressive. ...
Restaurant reviews

Daigas Bakery In Kuldiga

Daigas Bakery (Daigas beķereja) is one of my favourite bakery places in Kuldiga. The reason is plain simple - pastries Daiga and her team is baking here are one of the best in whole region and I'm not afraid to say - they are among the best in Latvia.Discovered by accident in summer of 2014, Daigas bakery have found it's way to my heart instantly...
Restaurant reviews

Confectionery 'Kukulītis' in Kuldīga

One thing I really enjoy at small Latvian towns - they offer a charm and a personal touch. And you will find a lot of from both in the town of Kuldīga located in Western Latvia.On a lovely Wednesday morning I was doing some random photography around Kuldīga Old Town when I noticed this lovely confectionery shop 'Kukulītis' - literally meaning "a...
Military Heritage

Skrunda-1 Abandoned Soviet Military Ghost Town In Latvia

I have always been interested into a diggers stuff. Latvia is amazing country for diggers. Speaking of this object - Skrunda-1 ghost town, in fact I was just eager to find a place were 20 years ago a new re-born Latvian Government blasted a mighty Soviet Military radar system, I didn't find that place,  but instead  I found an abandoned...
Tourism objects

Snēpele Manor

Latvia is a land of old manor houses and palaces, they dates back from the times when German nobles ruled this territory. A lot of manors one (perhaps you) can find in a historical region of Courland. I found this interesting Snēpele manor during a trip back from Kuldīga town. Since I'm eager to improve my photography skills, I did find just...
Restaurant reviews

Bangert's Restaurant Review in Kuldiga

Bangert's restaurant is kinda a new restaurant located on the banks of river Venta between Old Brick Bridge and the Venta Waterfall on Pils street 1 in Kuldīga.I first visited this restaurant last summer and found it a really great. So on the lovely Springs Sunday when I was doing some photo-shooting near Venta river banks I insisted we should...
Tourism objects

The Venta Waterfall (Rapid) - Widest In Europe

The Venta rapid forms a widest waterfall in Europe. It's located very close to Kuldīga town centre in Latvia. See: Flying Fish over Venta Rapid in Kuldīga I took my DSLR camera and decided to master my photography skills, couldn't say it improved drastic, but here is the thing I was told by a good friend a professional photographer:...
Tourism objects

The Old Brick Bridge Across The Venta River In Kuldīga

Brick bridge in Kuldīga over the river of Venta according to some sources is the longest of its kind bridge in Europe. I believe nobody actually pays attention to the lengths of this bridge instead I believe the reason everyone enjoys it - it just looks great. Since it looks great I spent some time here to improve my DSLR photography, I actually...
Restaurant reviews

Bistro 'Elvi' In Skrunda

Bistro Elvi is a restaurant style catering place offering a home style cuisine, today I will speak about one located in town of Skrunda. Bistro Elvi in Skrunda town is located in a local shopping centre also called Elvi and actually is part of Elvi chain. Close to this bistro is located Skrunda bus station, were buses from Rīga and Liepāja...
Restaurant reviews

Bakery Lāči

Some Latvians prefer to call Bakery Lāči a top notch place for foreigners to visit. So I decided to visit this place and make some short review of it.This bakery is located outside the capital Riga and you can reach it by driving route A9 (which is a highway connecting Riga to Liepāja) - in case you are up for a Courland tour, you can make a stop...
Tourism objects

Neighbourhoods of Riga: Iļģuciems

Iļģuciems is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Riga. History of this neighborhood dates back to the early 13th century. Back in 1236 a small manor was built here and given the name of Hiligen geest hove (Heiligen Geist Hof) in English meaning - "Holy Spirit Convent", from which latter originated name Iļģuciems in Latvian - at first Hilgzeem...
Tourism objects

Bakuzi cemetery

Bakuzi cemetery (Latvian: Bākūžu kapsēta) is located in region of Courland (Latvia) in parish of Rudbarzi, Skrunda Municipality. The history of this cemetery dates back to at least to mid 18th century (I found old grave cross with dates of 176o-ties). I believe back in those dates some German nobles were buried here. In history of...
Airports

Riga Airport

Riga International Airport, also know as RIX is a largest airport in the Baltic states located in capital of Latvia. Airport is located some 13km distance from city centre of Riga. I was agreeably surprised by noticing it was quiet and still here at Riga airport comparing it to Tbilisi airport. I decided to add a few photos taken at Riga...
Tourism objects

Tbilisi Aerial Tram

Tbilisi aerial tram is just in recent years built cable cars in Tbilisi connecting Rike Park (or more precisely Europe Square) to the fortress of Narikala. It eases your travel up to the  Narikala fortress in huge. Prior to this cable car the one and only way to get to Narikala fortress was just by climbing up in the hill. For some that climb...
Shopping Venues

Flea Market Near Dry Bridge In Tbilisi

The Flea market near Dry Bridge in Tbilisi is an interesting place to visit,  just to look on old Soviet time relict's, starting medals, belt buckles from Soviet military, ending movie posters of famous Soviet day films. As well you can find here a lot of old tableware (some might be even antique). Most of the items you will find here is...
Outdoor Activities

Tbilisi By Night - Cycling Old Town To Didube

The other day we took again our bikes and made a pretty lovely night ride in Tbilisi. From Old Tbilisi to Didube and back. For some reason my GPS tracker (MapMyRide) didn't worked properly, it missed at least first 2 km from this route. Another thing to mention -  I have a pretty bad camera for night vision shots back at the time I didn't...
Tourism objects

Rike Park In Tbilisi

Rike park is just recently opened for public a landscaped territory close to Tbilisi Old Town. I first visited this park at the end of September 2012, when in frame of government election campaign a free concert of Goran Bregovich was held here (it was actually held in closely located Europe square - I just wanted to add some more impression).You...
Restaurant reviews

Coffee Bar 'Entree' Review In Tbilisi (...

Entrée is a popular chain of coffee bars located in Tbilisi which serves great coffee, pastry, sweets and even bakes a bread. Today I will write about Entrée located on Agmashenebeli Avenue 86 (close to Marjanishvili square) in Tbilisi. As usual for taking photographs I'm using my Samsung phone and using Instagram (then...
Restaurant reviews

Chashnagiri Restaurant Review in Natakhtari

For many hearing a name of Natakhtari first associations might be related to those tasty Georgian lemonades branded under 'Natakhtari' name. Well, turns out Natakhtari actually is village located in Georgia's region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti, pretty close to nations capital Tbilisi. This village is advanced enough to have pretty sold restaurants...