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Georgia, Caucasus..thru my lens.
Old 11-25-2016   #1
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Georgia, Caucasus..thru my lens.

My wife and I traveled through two Caucasus countries this Oct and early Nov.
We spent most of our time traveling through Georgia. We visited Azerbaijan for a few days.

My wife carried the Fuji XT-1 with the 18-55 zoom.

I carried this...


It was bitterly cold in the north and the roads were blocked by snow. We tried but were unable to get through to the high Caucasus. And it rained.

Most of the images I am posting were taken by the XPRO-2 and my one Fuji lens..the 35/1.4

I used the Leica when it was not raining. I shall mark the images which are non-Fuji.

Thank you for going through our images.
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Old 11-25-2016   #2
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Georgia, first and foremost, is super friendly people, unbelievably scenic, safe
And religious.


And not far behind, I would rank it as a wine country. We don't consume alcohol. So cannot comment on what was presented as one of the best varieties of wines in the world!


The second one with Leica.
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It is colorful country in every respect. So let's sprinkle a bit of color...


To us, coming from the desert, this is wonderland. A cacaphony of vibrant colors.
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Old 11-25-2016   #4
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And the ever present mountains to keep us company.

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Old 11-25-2016   #5
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Great photos ! Please show us some more...

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Really looking forward to seeing more!
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Old 11-25-2016   #7
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Joao, Lynn..thank you so very much for stopping by. Much appreciated.

History..it comes alive in this place. The Macedonians, the Persians, The Roman Empire and on and on it goes. A veritable meeting of the East and the West.

One can read the books or one can walk the streets...


The script is unchanged for thousands of years...

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No Man's Land. Georgia and Turkey. On your right ( not shown ) is the Black sea. Trabazon, in Turkey, not far on the other side.

Cross the border into Azerbaijan, another couple of hours from Tbilisi, and one finds oneself on the Caspian sea.


Head a little south..Armenia.
Head north..The Russian Federation.

I headed to the world famous Sulphur Baths in Tbilisi ( means warm water ! ).


The second image with the Leica.

The Persian and Ottoman influences clearly visible in the mosque in the right upper third of the image.
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Old 11-25-2016   #9
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Incredible country. Please post more. Thank you for posting these photographs.
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beautiful color!
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beautiful color!

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And the ever present mountains to keep us company.

Wonderful, deep saturated color! Just beautiful!
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Old 11-25-2016   #11
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Thanks gb, Darya.

We were heading up north. We knew it was snow..
The herders were bringing their livestock to lower ground.

My wife, however, wanted to take some snapshots!!

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Old 11-26-2016   #12
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The Kakheti region of Georgia. One of the premier wine producing areas..

On a bitterly cold day.

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Old 11-26-2016   #13
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Faris, thank you and your wife for sharing these beautiful pic's on the trip. As they say; A picture saves a 1000 words.
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Thank you Oltimer ( luv ur screen name!! ), thank you so very much for the encouragement.

It was going to be a long drive. We took a break. Stretched our legs, sandwiches and coffee.

And just looked. In silence. No words were needed.

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The peaks rise to 4000 meters plus.

Svaneti is a hiker's and mountain climber's paradise in summer. A skier's delight in winter.

The chimney like structures are called Koshki...defensive structures where villagers would hide when attacked. They are 3/4 stories high.

Nowadays, they have been converted into B&Bs and hotels.

It was dark. It was early in the morning. We had to start very early.
We were going higher. Much higher...if the roads allowed us.


A walk in the clouds here, was just walking up a street!!
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The peaks rise to 4000 meters plus.

Svaneti is a hiker's and mountain climber's paradise in summer. A skier's delight in winter.

The chimney like structures are called Koshki...defensive structures where villagers would hide when attacked. They are 3/4 stories high.

Nowadays, they have been converted into B&Bs and hotels.

It was dark. It was early in the morning. We had to start very early.
We were going higher. Much higher...if the roads allowed us.


A walk in the clouds here, was just walking up a street!!
With all the daily war pictures in the news, and Georgia has had it's share in the past; this early morning scene adds so much peace for a morning look. I really enjoy all of the shots, and I notice on the balcony shot of the quality experience of the blacksmith. Just great art work, as you people noticed when you took the shot.
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Really nice to see your images and to read your narrative.
You must have really enjoyed yourselves.
Thanks for sharing
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Old 11-28-2016   #18
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nice! I visited Kazbegi, Svaneti, Borjomi, Batumi and ofcourse Tbilisi this summer. Georgia is beautiful country. wish they didnt let those herds of cows on streets though
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing. The country seems very scenic.
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ltimer, Gareth, jarski, oftherd...thank you all for your encouragement.

It is a very scenic country indeed. We wish we could have stayed longer.

Best regards.
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Tbilisi, Freedom Square.
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Old 11-28-2016   #22
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One from across the border..


The Eternal Flame for the Martyrs
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I don't want to steal your thread, but may I participate? Me and my wife were in Georgia in 2015. Most interesting and beautiful country. Just a few of the many photos I shot.
Tbilisi

David Gareji

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did a travel blog post about Georgia after my trip, couple photos there too. link here.
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HuubL.

Please join in. The more pics, the better.

Best.
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Old 11-28-2016   #26
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jarski, a wonderful travel blog. I enjoyed the narrative and the images.

Thanks for sharing.

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did a travel blog post about Georgia after my trip, couple photos there too. link here.
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Thanks Faris.

@Jarski: I enjoyed your blog. Recognize many of the things you described and showed. It's like being there again. What a wonderful country. The best of all, there are hardly any tourists and it's all authentic Georgian. And then the wine.... oh my

A couple more:

near Kashbegi

Khertvisi

Vardzia

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Tbilisi

Ushguli

Ushguli

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thanks faris & HuubL. your photos show couple places I missed in Georgia. maybe some day again btw. neighbouring Armenia is interesting visit also.
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Thanks for all the beautiful shots of this very beautiful area. I was wondering why this area had not seen as much tourist's as you all have mentioned, and were you advised before you went there about a "Tourist Advisory". In Canada they try to cover that area when there is no Embassy available in case of trouble, or a stolen passport for eg.?
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I was wondering why this area had not seen as much tourist's as you all have mentioned,
Georgia used to have a bit shady reputation, like many former Soviet republics. Corruption and mafia problems were endemic. But already 10 years now country has been on track to stable and developing nation. One example of changes (Wikipedia): "In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired "the entire traffic police force" of the Georgian National Police due to corruption, numbering around 30,000 police officers.".

When I traveled there past summer, didn't have safety concerns or issues (apart from cows standing on roads and causing surprises ).
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Georgia used to have a bit shady reputation, like many former Soviet republics. Corruption and mafia problems were endemic. But already 10 years now country has been on track to stable and developing nation. One example of changes (Wikipedia): "In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired "the entire traffic police force" of the Georgian National Police due to corruption, numbering around 30,000 police officers.".

When I traveled there past summer, didn't have safety concerns or issues (apart from cows standing on roads and causing surprises ).
Jarski, thanks for the quick response. My worry would be as I previously mentioned is a stolen passport; and it will happen. Without a well known Embassy available to help you out; this could be a problem leaving on time!
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Some more of mine..

wedding in Tbilisi


Tbilisi modern architecture


David Gareji convent


Tbilisi, painted nails


Georgian orthodox church


Gori, Birthplace of Stalin


Caucasus


Georgian-Russian hydro power plant
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