Travel in the Caucasus: Comparing Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Batumi, Georgia

My first impression of travel in the Caucasus region was a good one, arriving in sunny Batumi, Georgia to a warm welcome from the immigration officers. One night later, I was on an overnight train, […]

How I Visited Georgia 5 Times in 3 Months

I have more stamps in my passport from the Republic of Georgia (not to be confused with the state of Georgia) than from anywhere else – 10 altogether, 5 entrance and 5 exit. How did […]

Georgia: The Cradle of Christianity and Wine

Kakheti, Georgia

  The Republic of Georgia could be considered the cradle of Christianity and wine.   While it was the second country (after Armenia) to officially adopt Christianity as its religion back in the 4th century, […]

The One Where I Visit the Birthplace of an Evil Dictator

Gori, Georgia

Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili was born in the town of Gori, Georgia in 1878. Locals may still think of him fondly – after all, he is the local boy who made it big – really big. […]

The Marshrutka Ride That Almost Killed Me

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

  I thought I was going to die.   Every time we cruised toward a hairpin turn without slowing down at all, the cement barricades directly in front of us, I thought I would die. […]

Five Favorite Things in Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is one of those cities that just kept growing on me. I stopped through for the first time back in March, fresh off the Black Sea Ferry and on my way to Armenia to […]

Hiking in the Land of the Svans

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

The high mountainous region of Svaneti in Georgia is the land of the Svans – a culture that has existed in Georgia since the 2nd millennium B.C. and a people who speak a 6th century […]

Eto’s Guesthouse: The Only Place to Stay in Kakheti

Eto's Guesthouse, Telavi, Kakheti, Georgia

Okay, so I guess there are other places you could conceivably stay in the Kakheti region of Georgia. Heck, there’s probably at least one or two other places in the town of Telavi itself. But […]