Things I Love about the Country Georgia
Interestingly, when I arrived in wonderful Tbilisi city, which I instantly loved, I suddenly liked Georgia a whole lot more than I had during the entire previous month.Maybe if I had started my explorations of Georgia in Tbilisi, then my first impressions and overall feeling for the country would have been different. Who knows, maybe it was just the culture at Georgia's Black Sea coast that rubbed me the wrong way? I pared my list down to the most important, impactful things that I like about Georgia. And without further ado, here they are:From what I've seen both firsthand and in photos, Georgia is overwhelmingly natural. It's also incredibly diverse.In the west, there's the long Black Sea coast lined by super-long stone beaches, backed by densely forested low mountains, and sticky-humid with a wet sub-tropical climate. The northern and eastern regions are capped by a series of incredibly high and jagged mountains, many over 4500 M / 14,800 ft (higher than all the European Alps, I might add).In central Georgia there's a high rather dry plateau lined by arid rolling hills. Then there's the country's famous grape-growing / wine-making valleys. An estimated 26,000 rivers flow through the country. Other water features include lakes, waterfalls, low wetlands and, of course, the Black Sea. During my five weeks in Georgia I was only able to visit the Black Sea coast, some lushly-forested mountains close to the sea, and take a train ride across the country to the capital city, during which I gazed at broad cultivated valleys, a highlands plateau, all sorts of mountains, hills and cliffs. Sadly, during this trip, I did't get to admire the soaring high Caucus mountain ranges. However, from what I have seen of Georgia, the country appears to consist almost entirely of forests, mountains, agricultural regions and rural areas. It seems to be overwhelmingly under-developed. And it's all very pretty.As if all Georgia's natural beauty wasn't enough, Georgians over the centuries have created many stunning city parks. They're full of huge shady trees, landscaping, lakes, fountains, forests, walking paths and specialty gardens. Cities and towns along the Black Sea coast have wide shady coastal parks that back the long beaches for miles and miles. The parks mean that the beaches are backed mostly by nature and are free of traffic noise and city buildings. The coastal parks also provide an even more beautiful area for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the beach and coastal views.Inland cities, like Tbilisi, have dozens of beautiful parks scattered throughout town, adding plenty of green space and peaceful relaxing places. Historic parks, some 100-200 years old and created by renowned gardeners of their times, have huge stunning trees that provide shade, along with well-established landscaping & gardens.Newer city parks have open lawns, interesting walkways & sitting areas, exercise stations and often modern architecture and artworks.I’ve only visited two Georgian cities, namely, Batumi on the Black Sea and Tbilisi, the capital. Both cities have really incredible and unique contemprary architecture.In fact, Batumi is famous in part for its eccentric modern buildings, many of which are soaring towers. The city has so many unique, iconic & famous buildings that it would take several days to see them all.Some of the most famous include the glass spaceship-like McDonald’s, ChaCha Tower, Alphabet Tower, Hilton’s twin triangular towers, and my favorite, Batumi Tower, with an actual miniature gold ferris wheel embedded in the side of the building way up on the 20th story.Besides the well-known towers in Batumi, there are dozens more bizarre, whacky, unusual modern creations to stumble upon while exploring the city. In fact, I’d rate Batumi as a modern architecture-lover’s paradise. Tbilisi also has several amazing & unique modern buildings and other structures. Most famous are the mushroom-like Public Service Building, the glass tubular Peace Bridge and the twin mirrored tubes inside Rike Park (still as yet unused).