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Tbilisi: We Got There in the End

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4AM ARRIVAL In the middle ages Tbilisi was known as the city of joy which is interesting because all I’m getting at four in the morning is a grumpy immigration officer and a long wait at the baggage carousel. For a moment I imagine my bag is somewhere in Athens where I’ve transited to get here (even Heathrow has no direct flight to Georgia at the time of writing).  There’s one hell of a draught coming through the baggage bay flaps and after a while my worries are soon laid…read more

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Batumi: Black Sea Casino Town

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BREAKFAST IN BATUMI If you’re a late riser then Batumi could be your town. Even the McDonald’s opens at 10am by which time (in the summer) it’s already hot and half the day is gone. There are few exceptions; modern coffee NOVA (8am), a street over on Gorgasali is Provence (9am) and Blue Elephant near McDs in the square. So I end up going to SPAR and buying a yogurt and coffee – cheaper if nothing else. Oh if you’re expecting a pain au chocolate with your coffee that too…read more

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