Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Picture Pages

All of these pictures are from the Sighnaghi Wine Festival -- I'm going to keep these small. If you click on them, they will get larger.

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Here's an old lady making fresh bread. Inside the concrete tube (called a tone, pron. "tone-ay") there's a fire. She sticks her hands in there and applies dough to the sides of the tone. when it's ready, she scrapes it off with that tool.

Mtsvadi

Fresh Mtsvadi. I can't tell you how good this is.

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Even fresher Mtsvadi. Well.. it's gotta come from somewhere...

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Our friend Shmagi (in the traditional dress) playing impromptu with the flute maker. Those rods across his chest -- not bullets, wooden sticks. That was how Georgian fighters protected themselves from swords. Not as strong as chain mail, but not as heavy either.

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A traditional grape-stomping trough for wine. Our friend Shergil carved this out of 200 year old wood. As he put it "That wood was really...hard."

Carved trough

Carving up close

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Stomping up close

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Little boy at a still making moonshine (cha cha).

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Cha cha still

2 comments:

John Ananda said...

Wow, where the hell was this still? That's fantastic!

Chris Michel said...

Isn't it neat? Unfortunately, I have no idea where it was. I was pretty sick by that time. Ugh. Bad, bad day.