Georgians always arrive late to appointments, even when it’s a love rendezvous. But then they explain their lateness in such words that you could easily make an introduction for a story or a film scenario out of them.
Because Georgia is a country of stories. Often paradoxical, sometimes severely sad. Occasionally jubilant, but it is a home to stories.
Stories about kings and battles won and lost, about strong women raising children without husbands, stories about exiled and death-sentenced noblemen and artists. Heroes and antiheroes, cinema-pioneers, founders of operas, and illegal printing-houses. About European Georgia reigned by a woman in the XII century and about Soviet Georgia when the occupants worked centuries to kill European values.
Those who knew the value of freedom and were influenced by Paris fashion, European culture and education struggled to the end, along with those who were proud of past achievements.
You should visit Georgia’s Svaneti, Upper Adjara and Upper Samegrelo regions with their various caves and monasteries. Catch a glimpse of “décolleté”-open Imereti and Okatse Canyon. You should feel your heart beating in Kakheti and on your way there, I advise you to taste gourmet food and drinks in family restaurants or in little wooden houses.
Georgia is home to resorts and desserts. Here, Orthodox churches are located next to Synagogues on one street.
Clothes hung up on the line in Tbilisi’s Italian yards can tell totally different stories. There are old tea-houses in Old Tbilisi and art galleries in the center displaying the works of modern artists. Night clubs “bubble” on weekends.
If you are lucky enough to have this magazine in your hands, then it will be easier to plan your journey. You can confidently tell others that almost every young person here knows English – just stop any passerby and ask: Where do you think I should start my Georgian adventure?