Tbilisi Journals

Tbilisi - Georgia's Heartbeat

A June 2006 trip to Tbilisi by fizzytom

Abanotubani (Bath Street), Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia More Photos
Quote: A guide to the Georgian capital, a place where nothing is quite what you expected, where people and places constantly surprise

Tbilisi - An Overview

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The left bank of the river... Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia
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Tbilisi is situated in the heart of Georgia; it’s pretty, it’s old and there’s a lot of history but it’s not a tourist destination. If you go to Tbilisi you’ll encounter lots of non-Georgians but few of them will be tourists; it’s much more likely that they will be the staff of international aid agencies and other non-governmental organizations. The high number of well paid foreign nationals combined with the large number of refugees that have come from other parts of Georgia and the war-torn region of Nagorno-Karabakh in neighbouring Armenia, has the effect of making Tbilisi a city of extremes. One minute you can be considering splashing out on sushi in a hip restaurant, the next you are fighting off...Read More

Mother Georgia Statue

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Attraction | "Tbilisi's Yummy Mummy"

Mother Georgia, Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia
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Mother Georgia – or "Kartlis Deda" as she is known in Georgian – is an enormous statue that overlooks the Georgian capital Tbilisi from Sololaki hill. The statue was erected in 1958 to commemorate the country’s 1500-year anniversary. It measures twenty metres high and is contstructed from aluminium. When you get up close it looks like it was made from pieces of that kid’s toy Meccano, all bolted together. It was created by Georgian sculptor Amashukeli.The sentiment behind the statue lives on. Georgia is a country that has had more than its fair share of invaders but always defends herself valiantly. This is represented by the sword which Mother Georgia holds in her right hand. In the other...Read More

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Hotel Lile

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Hotel | "Pack your Earplugs for Hotel Lile"

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When we stayed in Tbilisi there wasn't much in the way of mid-priced accommodation and the budget accommodation wasn't what we wanted in this city. Our guide book suggested Hotel Lile as a possibility and we turned up without a reservation. It's pretty easy to find, a ten minute walk from the centre of Tbilisi, just on the other side of the river. It's also near the Avlabari Metro station which means it's connected to the train station and main bus stations. There is a food market and a small supermarket near the metro station and a small shop and off licence a few doors down the road. There are bars and restaurants nearby if you don't want to go into town.The hotel is above a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2008

Hotel Lile
19 Gvinis Agmarti
Tbilisi
+995 32 77 38 56

Abanotubani - The Sulphur Baths

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Abanotubani (Bath Street), Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia
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In a city that - despite being visually attractive - has little in the way of tourist attractions, the sulphur baths of Tbilisi are a welcome diversion from viewing churches and musuems. On a three month trip you can suffer culture fatigue after a while but it was nice to know that even in indulging ourselves and shunning the churches, we were experiencing a little bit of Georgian culture that goes back to the founding of the capital city.It is claimed that Tbilisi was founded in the fifth century; the legend says that King Gorgasali was hunting for deer and shot one that fell into a hot sulphur spring. The deer strangely and miraculously healed and this is how the restorative powers of the sulph...Read More