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The country of Georgia, or The Republic of Georgia, is a small country about the size of Ireland situated in the Caucasus region. Georgia shares borders with Turkey, Armenia, Azarbaijan and Russia.


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Kit B (276)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:55 am
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The country of Georgia, or The Republic of Georgia, is a small country about the size of Ireland situated in the Caucasus region. Georgia shares borders with Turkey, Armenia, Azarbaijan and Russia. Five things you might not know about Georgia are:

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1) Gori, Georgia is the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Stalin's formal name was Joseph Vissarrionovich Jughashvilli. One of the highlights of a visit to the Stalin Museum is an exhibit containing his death mask. Gori is also home to a World Heritage Site known as Uplistsikhe, a three-thousand year old pagan temple. Georgia was one of the first areas to embrace Christianity under the leadership of St. Nino Capadoccia in the first centuryAD.

2) Evidence has been found indicating that wine making in Georgia dates back to 7000BC. Made from one of 521 types of grapes, Cognac is believed to have first been produced in Georgia. Georgia is also known for Chacha, a grape-base vodka. A popular non-alcoholic beverage is Lagidza Water made from fresh fruit and containing no sugar or chemicals. No beverages of any type may be taken out of the Georgia by tourists.

3) The Samtskhe-Javakheti area of Georgia is home to three monasteries carved out of the natural rock formations. Vardza Monastery dating back to 1135 was established by Queen Tamar. An order of monks are still reside there today. Several breathtaking frescoes may be seen at Vanis Kavbebi Monastery. Dating back to the sixth century, St. Davit Garaja, believed to have been established by St. David Garejali, contains bell towers as well as frescoes. This monastery has been the site of military maneuvers beginning with the Bolshevik Conflict of 1921. Davit Gareja has been used as a firing range as recent as 1996.

4) Always accompanied by beer, wine, vodka or lagidze, Khachapui is a flat cheese pie similar to a small pizza which may be eaten separately or as a bread with the main course. One favorite main course is Khinkali which are a spicy meat dumplings.

5) The deepest cave in the world, Voronya or Krubera-Voronia, is located in Arabika Massif, Georgia.

Georgia is sandwiched between Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and its cusine reflects that influence — as well as that of the Persian, Indian and Mongol cultures that have passed through. Like Armenia, Georgia is Christian, however, and wine is very important in its culture and cuisine.

Typically, the table is laden with small dishes ranging from light appetizers to pretty substantial meat, fish and poultry when you sit down to eat. After you’ve tasted all — with many toasts of local wine — and you feel full, the main courses arrive.

Here is a sampling of the dishes offered atone of the supras: eggplant with walnut and garlic sauce (walnuts are a very big feature of Georgia cooking), fried catfish, sautéed mushrooms, cucumber and tomato salad, green salad, baked trout, chicken salad, roast sucking pig, sliced boiled tongue, ham three cheeses, one like a smoked mozzarella, one like strong plain mozzarella and a feta-like salty cheese, green spinach balls, liver paste, a meat casserole, pickles, an offal stew, pork kebabs, wonderful French fries and the best fried chicken I’ve ever had (served with the ubiquitous walnut-garlic sauce). Then there was a pizza-like filled cheese bread, regular bread and a deadly cornmeal cake that would break your toe if it fell on it. These were served with multiple sauces, including a sour plum concoction that is Georgia’s answer to ketchup or salsa, but definitely an acquired taste. At other meals, we got cooked dried beans, green beans, meatloaf, potato salad,

Two especially loved specialties are the broth and meat-filled dumplings, which are tricky to eat, and the kartuli puri bread shaped like a new moon. The long skinny dough batons are stuck to the side of a terracotta oven (toné) similar to a tandoor that looks like an ipended section of large water pipe with a fire in the bottom.

In addition to wine, a local tasty but salty mineral water called Borjoni is served with the meal, along with soft drinks including a truly weird tarragon flavored soda.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:52 pm
magnificent, thx Kit! -and too bad you guys have no "Berlin Green Week" where people can TASTE all those delicatessen and get a better idea and understanding of countries around the world. When this year's exhibition starts on 17 Jan I'll be making another post of it.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 6, 2014, 1:58 pm
for a peek >[0]=593871&locale=en_GB

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday January 6, 2014, 2:22 pm

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday January 6, 2014, 4:43 pm
Thank you for the breathtaking virtual adventure. :)

. (0)
Monday January 6, 2014, 5:04 pm
Great video, Kit. Thanks for sharing.

Laurie H (818)
Monday January 6, 2014, 6:59 pm
Thank you Kit so much, for this enjoyable excursion video!!!~~~

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 4:35 am

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 11:06 am
Spectacular views, my friend. Thanks for the great vacation via video. Love it.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 2:02 pm
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing Kit.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 8:50 pm
Looks like it is filled with scenic vistas. I would like to sit on the mossy rocks.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 11:42 pm
Wow! Loved the video. The scenic images were so breathtaking. Thanks Kit.

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 8:51 am
Kit, I am shocked that you left out #6. The Republic of Georgia is marginally LGBT friendly. Their Prime Minister has said that,"...sexual minorities are the same citizens as we are....", how ever the Russian Orthodox Church and other Reich-wing Christian groups are prone to homophobic violence, as recent events have shown. So let the traveler beware.

Zoe and Art Oguyo (346)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:02 am

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:07 am
Lovely! Thanks for posting, dear Kit.

Melania Padilla (123)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 3:44 pm
I didn't know of this, thanks!
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