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©2019 Shawn Basey | Tbilisi | Prague | Travel blog and tips

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July 4, 2019

Georgia is safe. I’ve got to repeat that time and time again, despite the popular draws the country has into the international media. The citizenry generally struggle to be known for positive things, like cheese boats with eggs, wine, techno clubs, and fashion, but the real draw in our disaster porn-obsessed culture seems to be civil unrest and war with Russia. To be sure, the ongoing occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia a...

April 10, 2019

Wondering where to get a proper cup of coffee in the Caucasian capital? Wonder no more. Years ago, getting a decent coffee in Tbilisi was a task only for Tom Cruise’s mission impossible team. Ordering a “cappuccino” when I first came to Georgia would get you a cup of instant coffee with hot milk instead of water. The scene started to change as Lavazza (basically the Italian Folgers in your cup) entered the market, first with a...

March 25, 2019

Sololaki is one of the more interesting districts in Tbilisi, and perhaps my favorite one (probably because of the sheer number of bars that host interesting and original live music here). The area is bordered by Freedom Square, Leonidze, and Asatiani, on the sides, and on the bottom by Dadiani Street. The top slowly dissolves away into nothing as you go up hill and eventually you find yourself in fields, a cemetary, and a biz...

January 26, 2019

One past wonder was a naïve painter known as Nikala Pirosmani. With premiere exhibitions having hit Europe recently, he’s definitely Georgia’s most famous painter. Born as Nikoloz Pirosmanashvili to a family of poor shepherds in Mirzaani, a small village out on the southern slopes of Kakheti, just before the lush wine-lands turn into mud volcanoes and grass steppes.

December 5, 2018

Chugureti, or Plekhanovi as some Tbiliselis still call it, is easily one of my favorite neighborhoods of Tbilisi. All that walking can make a person mighty hungry though, so here’s a list of my favorite gems so far.

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