Thursday, April 20, 2006

Travels in Georgia: Day 3

Day 3 Breakfast: It's like a bread bowl with cheese, a raw-ish egg, and a pat of butter.

We visited churches in Tbilisi's Old(er) City

...and toured a bakery. The big white thing is the oven. The guy in white would lean down and slap/stick the bread on the side of the oven.

The Synagogue in Tbilisi

Zohar, Y's brother couldn't come in the synagogue because he was holding a big hunk of bread from the bakery! Bread and synagogues don't mix during Passover! We took turns holding the bread so that he could take a look too!

Cute boys and a view. I'm on the left. Y's on the right.

Georgians are religious! They don't have new/many books in the library and the university is falling down, but they've got a new, huge church! It even has underground parking! Building began on this structure in the late 1990s.


Another church on our tour - I actually made it to church this Easter. Last Easter I was in Notre Dame!

The view from a hilltop church just outside of Tbilisi

Interior of yet another church

I want to say that we had dinner at a local joint on the evening of day 3. The thing is that all restaurants in Georgia are local joints. I mean, there's not a developed tourism industry so it's all "home folk" that are eating at these places. Anyway, we had dinner in a village/suburb of Tbilisi at "Mosquito's Place" - that was the restaurant's name. It was great. In the kitchen these ladies are making "hinkali"...dumplings filled with seasoned ground beef. One lady is preparing the dough and the other is stuffing the dumpling with the meat mixture. In another corner of the kitchen the meat was being ground and mixed with spices.

After dinner, our driver and tour guide for the week invited us back to coffee at his home. This is how most Georgians heat their homes and apartments - a wood stove.

The view from our driver's porch

Read about Day 1 and 2 in Georgia


At 4/20/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger RR said...

I've just caught up on your trip posts. Sounds like you had a great time! Terrific pics! Your "Night of the Living Dead" comment re. the cab drivers had me LMAO.

At 4/20/2006 5:20 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Nice pics. You hinted that there were Echoes of a better past. In your opinion do you think that Georgia was better off as part of the USSR? Just based on what you've seen and what you know. I'm just curious.

At 4/21/2006 3:18 AM, Blogger Matt Erlandsen said...

Nice pictures. I had a little delay to check them but finally I think you made a very good trip. Georgia sounds interesting, but it's sad to read that they don't have so much tehnolgy being so close to the western culture, weird.

At 4/21/2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous Jany said...

Hi John,
i like following your report of your holidays, so interesting ! Especially as Georgia is not really a holiday destination for the masses, which leaves it autentic. A little question: these "bread-boats" filled with cheese look so delicious, do you know the name, or even better have the recipe ?!
Warm regards from Switzerland.

At 4/21/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger John said...

Thanks everybody for dropping by and commenting! :-)

Adam: I've got a post brewing about what I learned in/about/from Georgia. So, check back for that!

Matt: They have a mix between high and low technology. Many people (not as many as in Israel though) have cell phones but not many cash registers or calculators in stores.

Jany: Georgia will definitely be growing as a holiday destination as it develops. It has a Black Sea coast, beautiful scenery, and skiing. But it'll take a while! I'll try to see if I can find a recipe for you!

At 4/25/2006 6:55 PM, Blogger Sam said...

The bread boat looks delicious!

Love the photos and your descriptions.


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