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Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia.
The European summer, from May to early October, is the best time to visit Georgia. If you want to go up into the Caucasus mountains this is really the only time – unless skiing is your thing. And my favourite months are June, when the wild flowers are in full bloom, and September when the autumn colours are starting to form. The heat at these times is also not as extreme.
The country of Georgia in the Caucasus mountain region has yet to draw the multitude of international visitors that it deserves, although many Europeans are starting to discover its charms. If you’re a first-time visitor, you’ll spend a lot of time in the capital city of Tbilisi.
This open-air market set in Martis Park, one of Tbilisi’s riverside parks, provides both the normal bric-a-brac one would expect but also recently found antiques from the possessions of Georgians around the city and country.
Of all the idiosyncratic buildings in the warren of narrow streets running through the old town, the Clock Tower claims its stake as one of the most interesting. Leaning precariously over a puppet-theater, it evokes fairy tales and acid trips at the same time.
Connecting the old town to the newer area east of the river, this recently constructed bridge features a modern aesthetic designed by Italian architects. Every night at 90 minutes after sunset, the entire structure lights up in a show that’s worth a special visit.
Originally dating from the 4th century, the Nariqala fortress presides imposingly over the old town. Take the semi-challenging walk up the hill to gain incredible views, or go inside the recently restored St.
Puris Sakhli is a popular eating choice for Tbilisi’s population – almost everyone has been here – and most come back. Whether you opt for a sit-down meal of fabulous Georgian fare, or simply buy baked goods to go, you’ll leave happy.