Churches, Caves and Ceramics
Trip Start Sep 18, 2013
31Trip End Oct 19, 2013
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The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta Georgia
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Surami sweet bread
Mtskheta Jvari Church of the Holy Cross
Uplistsikhe Cave City
Today we had a long drive in the afternoon, but several stops early in the day. Somehow it seemed like an extra long day.
Our first stop after leaving our hotel in Tbilisi was at a small church way up on a hill (Mtskheta Jvari Church of the Holy Cross) - like most of them are. The church was related to St Nino who came to Georgia to bring Christianity. She was the daughter of a Jewish couple that embraced Christianity and left Nino with her uncle who educated her. Then Nino convinced two friends to come with her to Georgia. Meanwhile she had a vision of the Virgin Mary with a cross of grape tree branches so this church has an icon of her with a twisted cross.
Then we went to the Cathedral in the center of Mtskheta
We had almost enough time for coffee in this reconstructed town of Mtskheta. Emma and I got a bit lost and then Noel joined us, and we all finally found our way back into town to the cafe and ordered our coffees and teas....with barely enough time to get back to the bus in time. I burnt my mouth on the hot Turkish coffee and then had to leave half of it.
Then we stopped in Gori where we will go to the Stalin Museum when we next pass through. We had something like 50 minutes to eat and do other things. I needed to mail my Armenian things so that I wouldn't have a problem going to Azerbaijan
After that Emma and I went to the Sports Cafe where we saw most of the others. We sat down and ordered a few things - I got a mushroom-walnut salad that was extremely salty and Emma ordered a Fanta. We got extra food from Steve - some wonderful cheese pie - and from Tony - a tasty bean dish. Again, I had to gobble up my food to be in time to get to the bus.
I forgot to mention that the trip to the first church was against a very strong wind as we walked up the steep hill
From this point, I guess, we had another 3 and 1/2 hours to go to get to Kutaisi. We have been traveling west mostly. Somewhere we went through a second tunnel that marked the line between East and West Georgia - also where the watersheds separated - going toward either the Black or Caspian Seas. The landscape also changed. There had been fields with agriculture - cabbages, corn, fruit tree orchards - most of what we had been seeing before in eastern Georgia
Our next stop was along the road in a village famous for its pottery. There were mostly different kinds of tableware, but also little knick-knacks: shoes, some piggy banks and decorated horns - not sure what they were for. A few of our group bought some pieces - they were too heavy for me - but I took a few photos of the vendor ladies with their sweaters and homey footwear. I had also taken a few photos of a lady by the bread stall because she had on those snappy crocs.
Finally we arrived at our family guest house. We were behind schedule so instead of dinner at 7 pm, we had dinner at 7:40. The food was similar to what we have had elsewhere - with some cold salads and some hot dishes
Emma has fallen asleep I think - it was 9:30 pm when I started and I couldn't remember much from today so I think this blog went faster. It is cold in our room. Emma was brave and took her shower. I gave some clothes to be laundered and that may be my washing for the day after my scrub at the baths yesterday. I'll have to get in the shower tomorrow morning and we have an earlier start because of our optional trip to Batumi on the Black Sea coast. I am now under a really thick comforter and may not want to get up....but I will have to eventually.
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