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My name is Martin and this is my story. I travel because it is fun and a great way to continue self-education which enriches the worldview and opens my eyes to unnoticeable things, both in the distant countries and the closest ones. Let's get to know other cultures but let's also respect and defend our own.

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Whilst travelling from the Christian remains of Constantinople and the ancient sands of Persia, through the Himalayas, the Great Wall of China and the dense jungles of Borneo, I realized that the world must have its order. Therefore despite my beautiful adventures and experiences I always remembered which culture I myself belonged to, and I also appreciated the beauty and values of our beautiful - White Christian civilization.

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Trip to Georgia

By: Martin Malik

Trip to Georgia

 

Traveling around Georgia is a mountain adventure in search of old fortified churches, sometimes also located by blue lakes. Besides, Georgians make good bread and cheeses, and sweet pomegranates are the pride of Georgia. Georgia is a very pleasant tourist destination. There are also cave cities, the pretty capital of Georgia, Tbilisi; and above all picturesque mountain landscapes with its beautiful churches.                                                                 

What to see in Geeorgia ?

My adventure around Georgia was truly beautiful and after spending three weeks in this Caucasian country I have to admit that I strongly recommend it. Georgia has a lot to offer and although it is still quite a new destination to many, I believe it will open to tourism very quickly. Georgia has extensive mountains, a lot of interesting trails suitable to every level, and it always offers great views.

It is very important to say that Georgia is a Christian country and Georgians themselves have a very strong Christian spirit, what also gives this country its great advantage. There are a lot of ancient, stone built, neatly carved churches located on the top of the mountains and in picturesque green valleys with glacier views. Some of the churches were built in VI century and others in the XII century. Some of them are high in the mountains what means that getting there is a great adventure, which brings people from Georgia, Poland and the rest of Europe.

The mountain landscape of Georgia.

The mountain landscape of Georgia.

Few of my favourite ones are Sapara monastery where I bought a wooden cross. Also Jvari, the ancient town of Mtskheta and of course Ananuri, which gave me the most beautiful memories of all. That ancient church was not only monumental and superbly carved but it was also built by a turquoise lake where I swam for few hours. Each of those historic places gives traveller a moment of calm and deeper thoughts about how interesting it had to be when it was being built, and how wonderful is the nature around it today.

Georgia has also cave cities which provided interesting addition to my trip. I’ve seen all three of them and each one of them was different. My favourite one was Upliciche although others might prefer Vardzia or Davit Gareja. Getting there is also an adventure, because on the way to some of them we can see ruins of ancient castles built high on the rocks, and getting to the other cave town leads through an old ‘Soviet military playground’. Of course there is also Tbilisi, a very interesting historic city, rich in sights and easy to move around. Armenia is very similar to Georgia in that respect.

Ananuri Fortress. Georgia.

Ananuri Fortress. Georgia.

I also went to Batumi and a sea side town of Kobuleti where I swam in the Black Sea. The only place I did not like was the Stalin’s museum in Gori which simply did not show the truth and I think it will take generations of Georgians to openly start talking about his crimes. People of Georgia are hospitable, friendly, they want to share their food with travellers and they are always eager to talk – but on the other hand they are proud of their mass murderer, tyrant and a communist, as if he was a hero.

Georgia – an adventure travel destination on a budget

As I am writing this article in early September 2013 in a little village in Azerbaijan, I classify Georgia as a low cost destination for adventurous, and passionate for travel people. Georgia is an outdoor adventure that`s why the cost depends only on the way the tourists want to travel.  I used to eat in cheap bars or I just had delicious white cheese with grapes whilst in the mountains. Moving around Georgia by hitchhiking is also recommendable. I also advice future travellers to learn Russian as this will definitely make the contact very easy and cheaper too.  As a Polishman I can go to Georgia even without a passport and stay there up to 6 months.

After completion of my expedition I will publish a lot photos from Georgia and I will write a detailed journal, practical information and many more interesting facts about this very interesting country. I can ensure my readers that this article is still very brief.

Mountain landscape near Kazbegi. Georgia.

Mountain landscape near Kazbegi. Georgia.

How much time to spend in Georgia

In letters and direct questions to me I am very often asked how much time future travellers should spend in each country. In Georgia I recommend at least 3 weeks to get around the country in order to get to know its history, natural beauty and simply get the feeling of being in Georgia.

However, if someone wanted to explore the remote region of Tushetia or wants to go to Abhazia, or do some serious trekking to some of the glaciers and high peaks, then 2 months might not be enough. Georgia is a country of hidden treasures.

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