About History – Photographs of Tbilisi in 1976

In 1976, the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was part of the USSR. During the Soviet rule, the country’s capital, Tbilisi, became more industrialised and its population grew significantly. The following black and white photographs, taken in Tbilisi in 1976, reveal glimpses of city life during Soviet times. Photo source: Tbilisi Week CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA … Continue reading

About Sights – Pastel colored houses and balconies of Tbilisi’s Old Town

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is renowned for its picturesque pastel colored wooden and traditional brick houses with open, carved balconies. The houses are mainly 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating Persian invasion of 1795. Much of the Old Town has been restored under a scheme introduced by … Continue reading

About Sights – Tbilisi’s Old Town District

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is one of the oldest parts of the city and nestles on the mountainside under Narikala fortress (Georgian: ნარიყალა). The Old Town is part of the Tbilisi Historic District and contains a number of officially designated monuments, churches, cobbled streets and picturesque pastel colored wooden houses with open, carved … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian artist Guram Khetsuriani

Georgian artist Guram Khetsuriani’s paintings of houses (he prefers old abandoned buildings) have attracted much praise. “If I see such an abandoned house or a ruin, I immediately imagine how life used to be here before. And although now everything seems to be dead here, I still can see people walking in the courtyard, working … Continue reading

About Food – Abkhazian Sauce

In this recipe we show how to make a spicy Abkhazian sauce that is traditionally used to flavour meat and fish. The recipe uses sour plums called Alycha (also called Alucha), Ajika (a hot, spicy paste), Akhkhyla (Abkhazian spice mix), garlic and Summer Savory. Ingredients: 1.5 kilos of alycha (sour plum), 2 tbs of ajika (click for recipe), … Continue reading

About Sights – Martvili Canyons

The Martvili Canyons (Georgian: მარტვილის კანიონი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region are named after the nearby town of Martvili. The spectacular canyons, caves and waterfalls were formed over time by the Abasha River and feature beautiful green and blue colors. A boatman can be hired to take you through the quieter stretches of the canyons. How … Continue reading

About Food – Cold Matsoni Soup with Herbs

Matsoni (Georgian: მაწონი) is a fermented milk product very similar to yogurt. It is smooth and creamy with a mild, slightly tart flavor. Popular in Georgia and throughout the Caucasus region it is rich in mineral content, protein and calcium and renowned for its health giving properties. In this recipe we show how to make … Continue reading

About Food – Fried Potatoes with Svanetian Salt

In this recipe we show how to make fried potatoes flavored with herbs and Svanetian salt. Svanetian salt (Georgian: სვანური მარილი), from Svaneti region in the mountainous north-western part of Georgia, has a unique fragrance and taste and is traditionally used as a flavoring for a variety of meat, fish, potato and soup dishes as well … Continue reading

About Development – Dartlo Village Restoration

Historic Dartlo village – located in Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in north-eastern Georgia – is the focus of new restoration work that will repair many of the buildings in the village and restore traditional features, such as slate roofs. The restoration of 28 houses within the current stage is set to be completed later this year. … Continue reading

About Food – Chikhirtma

Chikhirtma (Georgian: ჩიხირთმა) is a boiled chicken and broth dish popular throughout Georgia as a family meal and also as a hangover cure. Turkey can be used instead of chicken but the dish is usually made with chicken. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, 5 eggs, 2 medium sized onions, 3 tbs of flour, 2 bay leaves, … Continue reading

About Events – “Tbilisi 2015” – European Youth Olympic Festival

“Tbilisi 2015” – European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will take place in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi, between 26 July and 1 August 2015. Nine sports are on the programme – Artistic Gymnastics; Athletics; Basketball; Cycling; Handball; Judo; Swimming; Tennis; and Volleyball. 4,000 athletes aged 13-18 will be accommodated in the newly built “New … Continue reading

About Food – White Cherry Muraba with Hazelnuts

White cherry Muraba with hazelnuts is a preserve made with cherries, hazelnuts and sugar. Eaten as a dessert, it is usually made in June when cherries are ripe. Ingredients: 2 kilos of white cherries (weight without stones), 2 kilos of sugar, 500 grams of hazelnuts (weight without shells), and two thirds tsp of vanilla. Wash the cherries … Continue reading

About Food – Gebzhalia with Cottage Cheese

Gebzhalia (Georgian: გებჟალია) is a softened cheese dish from Georgia’s Samegrelo region. Traditionally prepared using cottage cheese, it can also be made with matsoni (click here for recipe). In this recipe we have used cottage cheese. Ingredients: 1 kilo of new cheese (we used Imeretian cheese), 500 grams of cottage cheese, 1 liter of milk … Continue reading

About Events – A fun day for children affected by the Tbilisi Flood

Forty children affected by the recent deadly flood in Tbilisi were treated to rides in Mushtaidi Park (Georgian: მუშტაიდის პარკი) in Tbilisi. The flood that took place on the evening of June 13 swept away houses and caused considerable damage to the Vake and Saburtalo neighborhoods. Nineteen people are known to have died. Tbilisi City Hall … Continue reading

About Food – Zucchini with Walnuts

Dishes made with zucchini (also called courgette) are popular in Georgia. There are many variations and in this family recipe we show how to make fried zucchini with a spicy walnut sauce. Ingredients: 1 kilo of zucchini, 400 grams of walnuts, 50 grams of fresh green coriander, 50 grams of fresh parsley, 1 medium sized onion, … Continue reading

About Tbilisi – Tbilisi’s deadly flood

On the evening of June 13, a deadly flood tore into Tbilisi sweeping away houses and their inhabitants. At the time of writing, nineteen people are known to have died. It is believed that the flooding was caused by heavy rain and major landslides in two locations near Tskneti and Betania, not far from Tbilisi. … Continue reading