Tbilisi

Launching Concierge service in Tbilisi and Georgia

Here comes a brief update on my tourism activities in Georgia, after successfully implemented organized tours in Georgia service, I've decided to push to the new limits and as of the start of April 2017, have re-launched tourgeorgia.eu  - platform listing tour packages in Georgia. Tourgeorgia.EU, originally launched back in 2011,was my first attempt building a travel portal about Georgia (you can find  some articles about development regarding this website in archive, see:...

42 Beautiful Places To Visit in Tbilisi and Georgia

As usual in April 1st (and not because that's a Worldwide Fool's day) I' m celebrating another year since I've relocated to Georgia. This year (2017) marks already 6 year anniversary for me living in Georgia. 6 years? Gosh, that's a lot. During the past years I've traveled Georgia a lot. Book a tour in Georgia #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site...

Former Archaeological Museum Building in Tbilisi

Former Archeological Museum Building in Tbilisi is a great example of the Soviet architecture in Georgia. I had a chance to discover this place and explore surrounding area, first time in February 2017, thanks to the Tbilisi Soviet Architecure tours organized by Brutal Tours: See: Brutal Tours - Explore Soviet Georgian Architecture in Tbilisi ​The museum was established in 1988 by the well-known Georgian archeologist, head of the Tbilisi archeological expedition, Rostom...

About Tbilisi - Kiev - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines

In mid-November 2016 I faced an issue which I had to handle in the United States. I had to fly there soon. In the past I have flied twice to the United States, both time leaving from Warsaw, Poland by Polish Airlines LOT and once have returned back via Istanbul using Turkish airlines flight from Houston.  This time I decided to make it happen with less layovers as possible and even smaller waiting times. Our first choice was to fly with Turkish Airlines with connecting flight in Istanbul...

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (SM-G532F) Cell Phone Review

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime smartphone is a budget smartphone on steroids - priced at about $130.00 on Amazon. Although the smartphone era have been around for a decade already, I bought my first smartphone just about 2 and half year ago, phone that worked great, and actually still does. I'm the person who needs a phone for a few simple reasons -  to call and receive calls, debug and test mobile aps and responsive design, use for administrative tasks (Google...

Travelling From Telaviv, Israel to Yerevan, Armenia

An Israeli traveler recently contacted me and asked could I give an advice on traveling to Yerevan (Armenia) from Telaviv (Israel). As this is a pretty broad topic to answer in one single reply I decided to wrap up longer answer in this blog post. Hopefully other Israeli / Armenian travelers will find some helpful thought in this article as well. Now, I must inform that I have never traveled directly route Telaviv - Yerevan, Thus I have done route Istanbul - Telaviv (once), Istanbul...

Tbilisoba (Tbilisi City Festival) 2016

Tbilisoba or Tbilisi City Festival is an annual October festival which celebrates the diversity and history of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. If you are planing your first trip to Georgia - consider your trip here during city festival and try local cuisine and that awesome Georgian wine.  Tbilisoba 2016 were held on October 15-16 in the streets of ..you are right - Tbilisi. As usual I took my camera and went for a photo walk, starting Rike Park, ending at...

36 Popular and Unusual Places to Visit in Tbilisi

In this article you will find 36 popular and not very well known tourism objects in Tbilisi, Georgia. Those are places I have visited and documented during for the past 5 years, by living as an expatriate in Georgia (mostly in Tbilisi).  Some of the objects are from the Tbilisi TOP 10 list, while others are not very well known and documented in travel guides. The idea for such an article arise after I created a poll - Tbilisi is the Capital of...? And I was surprised seeing that 75...

I Will Miss This Tbilisi Wall

I have observed this wall for the last three years (with short interruptions, when on longer travels) from our Tbilisi balcony. Probably, right at this wallI started to improve my photographer skills when about two years ago I reported first time lapse - Brick Wall turning green. Looking on this wall I have spent countless hours by zooming, experimenting with f stops, changing lenses and so on, making many photographs for my 365 days photo challenge project. The following picture is...

Narikala Fortress

Ask anybody in Georgia - what are the must have tourist sites to visit while in Tbilisi. Narikala fortress will be a top of the list. And there is a good reason -  an ancient fortress, featuring rich history, overlooking Tbilisi, with some really spectacular views towards Tbilisi Old Town.  Spectacular view to the Narikala Fortress Above photo is shot from another monastery, located just opposite to Narikala fortress: See: Tabor monastery Inside fortress...

St. Nicholas Church, Tbilisi

The chances you have seen or even visited St. Nicholas church, if traveled to Tbilisi, are huge - located on the lower court of city's most famous landmark's - Narikala fortress. This Church has been "recently" restored. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of "prescribed cross" type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing...

Tbilisi For Dummies- 10 Places To Visit When Planing Your Trip to Georgian Capital

Planing your next trip to the Pearl of Caucasus - Tbilisi? Spending hours researching Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and travel blogs? I'm here to help you, save time on researches and let Georgia to surprise you - after five years spent in this South Caucasus republic I decided to craft list of ten interesting tourist attraction sites in Tbilisi which will please most of the travelers. You don't need a fancy budget to visit these sites (as most of them are free of...

Eldar's Bike Workshop at Kidobani Market (Tbilisi)

Eldar's bike workshop is a place where back at the end of 2013 we bought two mountain bikes as a Christmases gift for ourselves. Take a look of my riding experience in Tbilisi: First ride, Cycling to Tbilisi sea or alternatively check out cycling topic. At Eldar's place you can fix leaky tires, fix brakes order new details and of course to buy a new or used bicycle. It was at the start of March, warm weather approached Tbilisi and I decided to change the leaky tire for one of our bikes, so I...

Vake Park in Tbilisi

Vake park is popular recreational area in Tbilisi. Opened for public since 1946, it was built in the former wastelands. Designed by architect K. Dgebuadze and dendrologist N. Tsitsishvili a lot of work on the drainage and landscaping with the use of blasting was carried out, created soil, planted hundreds of thousands of conifers, deciduous fruit trees (successful experience of mass transplanting adult specimens) and shrubs . Creation of the park was the largest tree...

Intelligentsia Coffee Bar Tbilisi

I have spent countless hours at Intelligentsia Coffee Bar near Turtle lake in Tbilisi - this place has been my offsite office in hot Summer days (see: Turtle lake - my working place for today) or starting point before taking a hike (see: Hiking in Tbilisi - Turtle lake (Kus Tba) - Vake Park)  As the name of this place stats - it's a coffee bar, but you can order delicious meal here as well, starting Panini ending French fries. Intelligentsia Coffee Bar near Turtle lake...

Tbilisi Zoo

Tbilisi has many cool tourist attraction sites, but there is one, which is rarely mentioned in official guides or Tbilisi reviews - meet the hidden pearl of nations capital - Tbilisi Zoo. On the other hand worldwide coverage Tbilisi Zoo got after Tbilisi floods on 14 June 2015, leaving many animals dead or on the loose. See: Zoo animals on the loose and deaths feared after Georgia floods Tbilisi Zoo is located in the Vere valley just next to the Heroes square. There...

How to Get around in Tbilisi by Taxify (Taxi Mobile Application)

There is a very convenient way of getting around in Tbilisi by taxi using mobile application Taxify. I probably first heard of this company at the end of 2014 by visiting Georgian Startup challenge organized by GITA.  For my travels around Tbilisi I mostly use taxi either by calling to the central or just by catching taxi on the street (I prefer second over first still). Taxis are cheap in Tbilisi, but you never know about cars technical condition, the cabin...

Actual Price Index at Tbilisi Market - March 2016

Yup, another hipster style article about actual prices for consumer goods at local Tbilisi market (Bazroba). It has been a while since I decided to measure how lari/dolar exchange rates influence actual prices, if you, just like me are an expat living in Georgia - you most probably have faced the consequences of weak lari against US dollar. Thus - I don't believe that foreign currency should affect local economy. National currency of Georgia is lari and lari we are spending...

Lurji (Blue) Monastery

The Lurji Monastery also known as "Blue Monastery", is a 12th-century Georgian Orthodox church built in the name of Saint Andrew in the Vere neighborhood of Tbilisi, Georgia. The popular historical name lurji ("blue") is derived from its roof, adorned with glazed blue tile. I first discovered this church by accident after went photographing another church (Russian Orthodox Church of St. John the Theologian in Tbilisi) and just on site I noticed...

Giorgi Leonidze Park (Former Alexander Garden)

Ok, I just learnt this place is renamed after Georgian poet Giorgi Leonidze, although I most often call this park -  Alexander Garden.  Parks of April 9 and Giorgi Leonidze (former Alexander Park) were cultivated in 1859 by the project of the architect O. Simenson. In 1865 the garden got its final form. It covered about 36.000 m2 areas. The garden was named in honour of the Emperor Alexander I. In the 30-eth of the XX century, after uniting the market and Dzneladze (present...

Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi

Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church is located in the neighborhood of Marjanishivli in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Commonly referred to just as "Russian Church". Along with the church of St. Vladimir in the neighborhood of Vera it is one of two churches in Tbilisi, where the service is performed entirely in Church Slavonic language. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi Originally built in 1864 by the donations of the faithful, additional the Holy Synod has...

Saint Ekvtime Takaishvili Church in Tbilisi

There is a small church located on Baku street 1, Tbilisi (on the right side from David Aghanashebeli avenue, first cross-street before Tamar Mephe avenue). I have wondered about this church for the couple of the last 3 years, while been living in this neighborhood.  It was day 131/365 from my photo project, when I decided I'll go and photograph exactly this church and probably will learn more about it. So I went... Saint Ekvtime Takaishvili Church in Tbilisi I installed a tripod...

Georgian National Opera Theater

The Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi  is an opera house situated on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi,Georgia. Founded in 1851, Tbilisi Opera is the main opera house of Georgia and one of the oldest such establishments in eastern Europe. Recently gone through 6 years long renovation works, Georgian National Opera and Ballet theater has been opened for public on January 30, 2016. Tbilisi Opera house on Rustaveli avenue Since...

Prospero's Books & Coffeehouse in Tbilisi

Those of you looking for a literature in English or perhaps to enjoy a cup of latte, while in Tbilisi there is a great place where to have both - meet Prospero's Books located on Rustaveli avenue. At Prospero`s Books & Caliban`s Coffeehouse you will be delighted to find : English and other language general books, English Language Teaching Books and Used books that are exchanged  for an in-store credit At Prospero's Bookshop in Tbilisi Features a cafeteria...