Saturday, October 01, 2016

Beyond Tbilisi

Our brief travels beyond Tbilisi allowed us to visit some wonderful places, to learn more about the history and culture of Georgia.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Meskheta.
A wall at the cathedral, where you can see many
layers of Georgian history.
Alaverdi Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jvari Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jvari Monastery.
And, now for something completely different, Chateau Mere in Telavi. It is a remarkable property with an excellent restaurant. Worth a visit!

And this summarizes our amazing trip to the Republic of Georgia. We appreciate all of the hospitality, knowledge, insights, and friendliness of the many people we met. And we really enjoyed the many, many wines and the delicious food that we shared with our new friends.

Traveling Around Tbilisi

So we did more than eat, drink, and be merry in Georgia. We took in several of the cultural and tourist sights and sites. First, around Tbilisi.

Mother Georgia oversees the city. In her left hand she holds
a bowl of wine to greet friends; in her right is a sword
for those who come as enemies. A woman with attitude.
Tbilisi panorama from Mtatsminda plateau.
Beautiful iron work in Old Town Tbilisi.
Tbilisi՚s sulfur baths are a popular destination.
Inside one bath.
The Tbilisi synagogue in the old town.
Tbilisi՚s wonderful traffic, from our
hotel room.
The next post will cover some of the places we visited outside of Tbilisi.

Searching for Yarn in Georgia

When we travel, our focus is usually wine and local wool. Georgia did not disappoint on either, but the wool search went an unexpected direction.

I found a few skeins of knitting wool, but it was very rough and rustic. Then I learned about felt products from Georgia. The wool is perfect for felting.

Very warm and sturdy felt slippers.
Socks, also heavy and sturdy. Most socks were simply striped;
these were more colorful.
My new felted shawl.
A beautiful marble rendition of a linen drape on a tomb
at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta.
Then we visited the Nukriani community union in Kakheti. One of the projects is training women (mostly) in the arts of quilting, felting, and other traditional crafts. The members create and sell beautiful objects, such as those below. All of the felt is made by hand.

Nukriani figures.
Making a felted flower.
Felt flower pins.
Wall hanging with Georgian sun symbols.
My experiences have been that fiber people, like wine people, are generous and delighted to talk about their art.