Across Georgia

Georgia has seemed like an intriguing and undiscovered direction to me for years. It is only a few hours flight from Poland, hence it is a popular destination among tourists. It is certainly influenced by low prices.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi is one of the first attractions we've visited right after landing. It was quite cold, empty on the streets, only stray dogs around. Relatively close to the first building is the old seat of the Georgian parliament.

Wandering through the city, feeling growing fatigue after a sleepless night, we came across a typical Georgian market. Despite the early hour, there weren't many people there.

Someone may think that it is expensive in the capital, which is not true in Georgia. In the baker's film, the prices are incredibly low - the most expensive thing in the picture is worth about 4-5 zlotys.

The Tschoweli Sveti in Mtskheta was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Sharp angles seem to fit stormy weather.

Richly decorated interiors of the church full of small details. My attention was drawn to the unusual decoration of the throne placed in the middle of the room.

In the building you can find Jesus in many forms - from a fresco on the wall to a sculpture on a cross.

First night in one of the many villages of Georgia. Permission was given by several boys who spent time on the surrounding field.

People don't seem to care about the laundry hanged in front of the block, almost like in Poland several decades ago.

Georgians are extremely proud of their flag, hanging its gigantic versions visible from long distances. On the way to Vardzia you pass picturesque areas covered with forests.

After reaching Vardzia, we tried to find accommodation - one of the people asked refused, then entered the cottage from the photo.

View from the balcony of the place where we managed to find accommodation. The monastery was carved into the rock hundreds of years ago, revealing itself after part of the rock fell off.

Early in the morning, on the way to the monastery, we passed the bridge over the Kura River.

There are hundreds of caves on site, which were intended for specific tasks. One can only imagine how dark it was there hundreds of years ago. Some places were used to bake bread, perform prayers and many other things. The place makes an even bigger impression up close. The only thing missing is illustrations depicting what life in the rock looked like.

We had to return from Vardzia to continue the trip to Armenia. We managed to hitchhike a Frenchman with a hired driver. He didn't care about the traffic rules, and at one point he started singing a traditional, Georgian song...To my surprise, the Frenchman joined him!

Closer to the border with Armienia, the landscape started to change. Soaring peaks remained behind, the area began to fill old country houses and machines. Right on the border, the mountains reappeared. A helpful driver decided to give us a drive to Gyumri, Armenia.