Svaneti

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

Saturday Scenes: Cows in Mestia

One of my favorite things about hiking in the mountains around Mestia in the Svaneti region of Georgia was the number of animals I encountered along the way – especially cows! I found these guys enjoying the view high up on Mount Mestia, just before I reached the top.

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

Hiking in the Land of the Svans

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 dialect of Georgian that most others in the country can’t really  understand. Defensive towers that date as far back as …

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