Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Hey Kids, It's Picture Time!
This is a view into one of Tbilisi's many cavernous metro stations. To give a sense of the depth, it's a two minute ride on the escalator (time that) and the escalators are not slow.
Tbilisi as seen from Mtasminda -- makes you think the city's downright green, doesn't it? You can see about four cathedrals (pointy towers) and that huge white statue is "Mother Georgia."
This is not an unusual building for Tbilisi. Some parts of the city are being worked on, but the civil war in 1991 and the earthquake not long after have left some serious damage. If you notice, there's no roof on the third floor, but on the second floor, there are curtains. People are living there.
Georgian Bath houses, in the old part of the city. "Tbilisi" means "hot water."
Another view of the city. Those cliffs in the foreground lead to the river which divides the city. That huge church is "Sameba" -- Trinity church.
This is in Sighnaghi -- an old gymnasium where the Village Harmony campers are taking dance lessons.
And this is Pancho Villa, the mexican restaurant (!) in Sighnaghi, run by my former Georgian tutor, and inveterate fan of the American West, Shalva Mindorishvili (pictured).
Shavla's place serves Margaritas that will drive you batshit, and won't stop for the tolls. I don't know where he gets his Tequila, but it kicks ass.
This is a view from Davit Gareji. Or is it Middle Earth? I keep getting them confused... Monks have lived in caves out here since the sixteenth century.
And these are the caves where some of the monks live. Caves. Monks. Caves.
This is where the monks used to eat. You see, they'd put their heads in those holes so they wouldn't get all uppity about how little they were living off of compared to the next guy. Ponder that the next time you're feeling hard core about something.
Over the years the monks painted quite a few frescoes on the walls of their caves...
...some quite stunning.
this is from a trip we took a few days later, to the ruins of a castle built in the 1100's. Yeah. You're jealous.
If you want to see any of these in greater detail, you can always check out our flickr account, here.