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Batumi - city with inspiring Architecture

I love visiting Batumi once or twice per year, preferably in Spring / Summer season. Back in 2012, we even lived in Batumi for some 6 months.  We were renting a small soviet time apartment in the city center (next to Radisson Batumi) for about $400/…

Postcards from Pasanauri

Pasanauri is a small town in Georgia, situated in the Dusheti district, Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. We have been traveling this small town through zillions of times, mostly when heading to Gudauri or Kazbegi, but never had we made a stop here and…

Tskaltubo - Former Soviet Spa Resort

Tskaltubo is a spa resort town in west-central Georgia. The resort was especially popular in the Soviet era, attracting around 125,000 visitors a year. Bathhouse 9 features a frieze of Stalin, and visitors can see the private pool where he bathed on…

Autumn in Laidi

Laidi is a village in Laidi parish, Kuldīga municipality, Latvia.  The village is located some 28 km from the county center of Kuldiga and 167 km from Riga. One of the most interesting objects to see: Laidi manor - Built in the early 19th century by…

A quick daytrip to Uplistsikhe Cave Town in Georgia

At the start of April 2021, after a 6-month absence, we finally returned back to Georgia. One of the things we wanted to do - as many quick day trips as possible. One of the first - day trip to Uplistsikhe Cave Town Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-…

Ice Fishing on Lielupe River

It has been already the second winter we are spending in Jūrmala, and there is one cool thing we have noticed while driving to Riga via Lielupe bridge (next to Rimi) - Ice Fishing on the Lielupe River Ice fishing is the practice of catching fish …

Dubulti Beach Winter 2021

At the end of January 2021, we temporarily relocated back to Dubulti (Jūrmala). We are looking to stay here for the next two months and hopefully get back to Tbilisi by April 2021 In today's Piece of Life series - Dubulti beach in Winter Make sure…

Golden hour at Northern Forts / Liepāja

Northern forts of Liepāja are really cool military history tourism site - Built by Imperial Russia at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of 20th century to provide the protection of Liepāja’s naval base in case of enemy attack. It was…

Cīrava manor from a birds flight during golden hour

Cīrava Palace  is located in the village of Cīrava, Aizpute municipality, Latvia.  The palace / manor t was built in 1752 as a hunting palace for the German Baltic baron family von Manteuffel-Szoeges. Cīrava manor in Latvia We love to come and…

Rabati Fortress complex from a drone flight

Rabati Castle is a medieval fortress built in the 9th century under the name "Lomisa Castle" in the city of Akhaltsikhe in southern Georgia, recently globally reconstructed. One of the main attractions of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region along with …

Kazdanga Mill lake (Dzirnezers) from a drone flight

Kazdanga Mill lake (Dzirnezers, Dzirnavu ezers in Latvian) is located centrally located in Kazdanga, Latvia. First discovered back in 2015, I have been returning here quite often, so did happen last time at the end of October 2020 I come here with a…

Laidi Village from a Drone flight

Laidi is a village in Laidi parish, Kuldīga municipality. Laidi village is located some 28 km from the county center of Kuldiga and 167 km from Riga. There is located a parish administration, primary school, library, doctorate, pharmacy, post office…

Church of Saint George near Borjomi from a Drone flight

The Sadgeri St. George Church is the XV century monument. It is located in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, in the village of Sadgeri in Borjomi municipality, on the high bank of the river. I have been heading ever since I remember myself in Georgia,…

Majori Beach from a Drone Flight

About two years ago (back in 2018) we rented a little space next to the beach in Dubulti. We lived there for more than 6 months. Photographing the Baltic sea was part of our everyday routine. Now, two years later we have returned to the town of…

Colors of Georgia / Failed Attempt to Reach Betania Monastery

It was at the start of October, we decided to visit Betania monastery not far from Tbilisi. We took our almost SUV car - Volkswagen Touareg and started the journey. The road sign said 6,7 km and we will reach the monastery. Cool, I thought, I have…

Ujarma Fortress from a drone flight

Ujarma Fortress is located some 45 km east from the nation's capital Tbilisi, in the Kakheti region. We were off for a daytrip to Kakheti, and it was not planned to make a stop at Ujarma, but as I had a drone with myself I decided to take a better…

Gudauri View Point from a drone flight

Gudauri viewpoint is a cool attraction located some 2 km up from the Gudauri to the Kazbegi (Russian border) Officially named as the Russian -Georgian Friendship monument, this place has been "installed" back in 1983, but seems to have gone under…

Gergeti church from a drone flight

In today's Piece of Life series - Gergeti Church from a drone flight The region of Kazbegi is very nice for drone photography and videography. Gergeti Trinity Church is a must-have destination in Georgia. The church is located at an elevation of…

Dry Bridge & Alexander garden in Tbilisi from a DJI Mavic Mini drone flight

It was on an overcast Saturday afternoon (at the end of August 2020), we went for a long walk in Tbilisi.  Equipped with a baby stroller and DJI Mavic mini Drone here is what we found today: View towards Dry Bridge in Tbilisi In one of these…

Narikala fortress from a drone flight

Narikala fortress is probably one of the most known tourist attractions in Tbilisi.  It was on an easy Sunday afternoon we decided to take a lazy walk around the old town of Tbilisi equipped with a baby strolled and DJI Mavic mini, here is what we…

Turtle Lake from a Drone flight

Turtle lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (Georgian: კუს ტბა), a small lake at the outskirts of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, so named due to the perceived abundance of turtles living in these places. Turtle lake is a very popular…

Rike Park from a DJI Mavic Mini Drone Flight

Rike park is a popular recreational area located in Tbilisi. We have been heading here ever since it was opened to public back in 2012.  Park is great for photography, a lot of interesting architectural elements. It was at the end of July 2020. I…

Cows Cooling off in a lake in Georgia

It was in mid-July, we were heading to the Dashabashi canyon near the Tsalka town in Georgia when suddenly on the roadside we noticed a strange view - cows were cooling off in a small mud lake. Such senses are more typical to Africa, it was the…

Poppy fields near Marneuli

We love poppy fields, we have featured them a couple of times here at the Piece of Life series Beautiful Poppy Field Near P104 (Jaunpils-Tukums) Road (Latvia) Railroad crossing in Skrunda municipality, Latvia Today we are going to share a brief…

Under The Georgian Sun / King Davids Tower (s)

It was on the evening of April 27, 2020, I decided to switch glass (from the kit lens to telephoto) and make some photo for the month of April to put in the description in the monthly dividend income report. The photo of the month turned out to be a…

One Day in Istanbul

Istanbul has been on my travel map ever since I remember (Okay, I first were here back in 2009). Time after time we like to take layover flight via Istanbul, and so did happen last time, at the end of February 2020 - we booked a connected flight…

Winter in Georgia: Gombori Pass

Some call Gombori pass - A Picturesque Road To Kakheti, here at  Piece of Life we can only agree. The road indeed is spectacular If you don't have problems with endless turns or drastic changes of elevation and air pressure, then Gombori road is…

Tbilisi Christmas Market 2020

In today's Piece of Life series, a brief photo story from the Christmas market held near Radisson Blue hotel Tbilisi.  To get here we took a taxi from our apartment to Keti's bistro. After finish steaks and Cokes we were ready to explore the market…

New Year's Eve Fireworks 2020 Tbilisi

As every year I contribute to fireworks photography, 2020 was no exception, from our Tbilisi apartments balcony I made dozens of long exposure night photography. A sturdy tripod, ISO 400-3200, f stop 3,5 up to f11 and exposure from 4 sec up to 10…

Baku by night

I had a chance to explore a little bit from Baku by night after we returned to our hotel room in Flames Tower from a lovely Azerbaijani cuisine restaurant Dolma in early August 2019. Night photography is one of my favorite topics, and so I raised…