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Kakheti – wine, food, and churches

Русская версия   Kakheti is one of the most visited regions of Georgia, at the same time, it is still pleasant and not too spoilt by tourists. Kakheti is so popular because of its fertile lands where excellent grapes are grown, as well as wineries, food, and Orthodox churches scattered around the region.
Going to Kakheti, people often find it hard to choose: where to stay – in Telavi or Sighnaghi? We recommend Telavi, as most of the attractions are situated around it. Also, Sighnaghi is quite an artificial town, renovated and rebuilt recently, that is why it is more expensive than Telavi. Finally, it is easy to go there for one day or less from Telavi by marshrutka. By locating yourself in such a way, you can cover Kakheti in two days if you are in a hurry.
Having arrived in Telavi from Azerbaijan, we went straight to Nadikvari street to find Svetlana’s guesthouse recommended all over Internet. Svetlana is a Ukrainian, having lived in Georgia for many years. Unfortunately, her guesthouse was fully booked (there was a group of Poles staying there), but Svetlana took us to her neighbor, Katerina, where we paid 50 euros for 2 nights. Nevertheless, we had dinners in Svetlana’s place (15 laris per person) and they are strongly recommended as they include soup, second course, a lot of snacks, salads, vegetables, wine etc. Svetlana’s place is well kept, e. g. this is a picture of her garden:

Tenerife. Getting there and renting a car

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We undertook this great trip in 2011, when we did not even think of starting blog:

Free tours – is it possible?

Русская версия   “Yes, it is,” an optimist will say. “Almost,” grumbles pessimist. In fact, both are right.

Sofia free tours

How to get from Azerbaijan to Georgia and do some sightseeing meanwhile (Shaki – Telavi)

Русская версия   We reached Sheki, the town in the north of Azerbaijan, by the night train from Baku (more about Baku and the train here), which was one hour late. It arrived at a small station more than ten kilometers from Shaki, and the only option to get to the town was a taxi. We shared a ride with a local.
First of all, we went to the bus station to buy tickets to Belokan – we were planning to reach Georgian Kakheti on the same day. The cashier did not let us buy the tickets in advance, but “booked” them by simply promising to keep them for us. It was a good move, as we learned afterwards. Then we went to the the old town of Sheki, which starts after the central square:

Policemen. How we’ve started

Русская версия We got our first photos with policemen in London in front of Buckingham Palace after Changing the Guard ceremony. We asked two constables to be on photos with us, surprisingly, they did not refuse, and Nastya got a photo with a British policeman, while Victor – with a policewoman.
After that owr collection of such photos was growing little by little as we were getting new photos with policemen from different countries. It became a sort of a hobby. Altough an unpleasant case with Italian (to be precise, Vatican) policemen restrained this hobby for a while.

Funny signs

Русская версия  Such signs are everywhere, especially in a new country. They astonish you or make you smile, even when you are tired or cold. Very often seeing such a sign one would think: why is it here, will anyone even consider doing what this sign prohibits. Many signs characterize local lifestyle, and are distinctive and unique, being used in one country only due to traditions or, for instance, climate. Here you will find our collection of such signs, we made photos of (not from the Internet). We will be glad to read your comments and ideas on them, as well as to see your pictures related.