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Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi
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Private Tbilisi Walking Tour plus Wine tasting and Dinner with Georgian Cuisine
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

it is a very nice place to walk around, sit in the cafes and talk to young people. we even found a place, where you could play backgammon.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Let's face it, when we think of Europe, it's either Eastern or Western. More easterly than Eastern Europe, Georgia shares border with Turkey and Azerbajian (see what I mean?). It was once part of the USSR and had just emerged from a period of political instability less than 2 decades back. What this means for the average traveller is - it's mecca for people who are looking for a civilized piece of Europe that has not been trampled to death by tourists.
Here are top reasons I can think why anyone should visit Georgia.
1.Authenticity
Part of the reason why the old cathedrals there, though not as ornate as those in France or Italy, felt so spiritual and atmospheric was that my buddy and I were the ONLY tourists there. During our 10-day trip around Georgia, we saw a grand total of 10 fellow Asians. Most people we saw were the dark-haired Georgians and probably a few who dyed themselves blonde. The back alleys were lined with crumbling European architecture. Mesmerising.
2. Asian prices
A ride on the deep Soviet era metro is about US$0.30; A decent meal in a restaurant US$6-10; Long distance sleeper train US$15 - This is in Europe, mind you. What more can we ask for? Just make sure that your train cabin is not next to the loo!
3. Safety
Tbilis felt very safe to be in, even at night. Of course, you should still be careful, and not do stupid things that would invite unnecessary trouble.
4. Beautiful mountains (okay, I veered off topic)
Svaneti, nestled in the Calcusus mountains was so rugged and scenic. It wasn't the most comfortable journey on the ammonia-scented sleeper train cabin (next to you-know-what) and the connecting public minibus (mashrutka) would wait for a few frustrating hours to ensure seats are fully occupied, yet the trip will not kill. The 4WD ride up the UNESCO heritage site called Ushguli was another story. We were practically skidding on ice on some stretches as the jeep slid up the windy roads hugging the mountains. Don't stinge on your insurance.
5. Mild winter
We were there in mid-December, and the temperature was about -3 Degree Celsius in Tbilisi. I think that's quite manageable compared to many places in Europe. We've been asked many times why we would visit the country in winter, and that summer would be even more beautiful, albeit busier.
6. Warm locals
Okay, so the people there were not like welcoming us with open arms, but they were friendly enough to try to help, even if they don't speak English. The locals' reverence for their religious symbols attests to their deep spirituality. It is not uncommon to see them sharing a cigarette or spare change with beggars and tramps. Nice.
7. Sulphur baths
To get up close and personal with the locals (literally), what better way than to strip and be holed up with their local women in a communal shower room of running sulphur water? Long live sisterhood!
8. Cheese paradise
Everything came with Cheese. Being Chinese, my staple food is rice and guess what it came with?
Would love to go back in summer, if I can find a travel buddy to do so. On the other hand, the flight there was quite tedious. From Singapore we had to transit twice (Qatar and Azerbajian) and it took one whole day to get there as a result. If only there was a direct flight!

9  Thank Ang L
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I've just visited this amazing old city of Tbilisi on my last evening there.

We parked the car and took the gondola to the top of the old city.
The view is amazing there, you can see how beautiful Tbilisi is and the magnificent structures that have been built in the past and the present.

Then take an easy way down the old castle to the old city. Many little shops and bars here and if you can withstand it see the sulphur bath area. It is such an easy walk.

The streets of Tbilisi show mostly men, women are expected to stay inside. But in the restaurants in this place you will find just great hospitalit and food. We went to a place right next to the sulphur baths that has it's own brewed beer (forgot the name). It was just great.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Gabriadze Marionette Theater was founded over 30 years ago. Since then the theater has gained increasing international fame and has toured many countries across the globe. There are three plays in the current program – The Autumn of My Springtime, The Battle of Stalingrad and Ramona. The Gabriadze Theater frequently participates in the world’s biggest international theater festivals – in Avignon, Edinburgh, New York, Toronto, Belgrade, Charleston, Moscow and others. Rezo Gabriadze is a writer, stage and screen director, artist, sculptor, and puppeteer. He was born in 1936 in Kutaisi, Georgia. He has directed more than 35 films, including Don’t Worry, Mimino, Eccentrics, Kin-Dza-Dza, Extraordinary Exhibition and others. The theater building was built in the 19th century. It is located in Tbilisi’s historic centre on 13 Shavteli Street, next to the oldest church in the city, the Anchiskhati Basilica. Written in gold letters on an ornate plaque on the façade is Gabriadze’s motto: Extra Cepam Nihil Cogito Nos Lacrimare (Let Our Tears Come Only From Onions!). One of the main attractions of the theater’s architecture is the tower, built by Rezo in 2011. Whenever the tower’s clock strikes the hour, two painted doors open and a golden-winged angel appears while a hammer strikes a bell. Twice a day, at 12 pm and at 7 pm, you can watch the marionette performance, Circle of Life, with puppets that were all made from Rezo’s own sketches. On the lower part of the tower are two tiled panels made of several hundred tiles, each fashioned and hand painted by Rezo. A pomegranate tree grows out of the top of the tower. To the right of the tower is the entrance to Café Gabriadze, with a terrace in the summer months. Rezo designed the interior —everything from the paintings and posters on the walls to the sculptures and ceramics, from the tables and chairs to the curtains on the windows.Guests are greeted at the entrance by a bronze statue of Chizhik-Pizhik, the first copy of the same statue that stands on Fontanka Quay in St. Petersburg. You can stroke the bronze bird--they say it brings luck. In the wall to the left there is an "Easter Cove", lined with colorful tiles. The bar is decorated with a ceramic depiction of the film Ne Geryui! Bottles of the best Georgian wines line the shelves above the bar. Rezo designed all their labels. All of the tables and chairs have been hand painted by Rezo to show scenes and quotes from his movies and plays – Kin-Dza-Dza, Mimino, Eccentrics, Marshal de Fontier’s Diamond. There is even is a heart-shaped table for couples in love. The cuisine in Café Gabriadze is Georgian and European. Сhef Andrey Rivkin has collected the best traditional recipes of Georgian dishes and selected suppliers of the most savory season and regional products from all over Georgia. The café has an extensive wine list and the bar serves up drinks to suit any taste. See detailed information on Gabriadze.com

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I was really reluctant to go to Tiblisi. After excperiencing other ex eastern block countries, but, what a wonderful surprise. The people are warm and friendly. My husband is working there for the next three years so I have lots of trips lined up. We arrived on Jan 5th this year and it was their Christmas. The city of Tiblisi looks amazing at night. The whole place every monument and street lit up.. The food has been excellent and cheap. Its a wine country and it does not disappoint. Champers from about £6 to £8 a bottle. Its very artistic with lots of individual galleries and others with joint ventures showing Georgian artist and the work is to a high standard. They have a new shopping mall called Carefour which is huge and has everything from M&S to Escada and Prada. Its a great place for romance and just as good for families. If its a hen or a stag night you will love it. There motto at the clubs we dont close until the last person leaves. I had lots of time on my own and felt safe walking the streets during the day and at night, The bus service I couldnt get the hang of but it costs only a few pounds to get in a taxi, and dont be offended when you ask in English for your destination that they drive off. All this means is that the next taxi will probably understand you and be able to take you to your destination. It is well worth a trip, historically, friendly, artistic and clean and lots of great bargains you just have to look.

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