About Government – New Parliament Building in Kutaisi

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili inaugurated the country’s new parliament building in Georgia’s second city, Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი) on 26 May 2012. “This new building of our parliament is a symbol of the new Georgia,” said President Mikheil Saakashvili at the official opening of the ultra-modern new legislature. Moving the parliament here is part of the Georgian … Continue reading

About Law Enforcement – Georgia is now one of the safest places in Europe

According to a 2011 crime and security survey conducted by Jan Van Dijk, Professor of Victimology and Human Security at Tilburg University in The Netherlands, Georgia is now one of the safest places in Europe and its capital, Tbilisi, has become one of the safest capitals in the Western world, comparable to Lisbon or Vienna. The results of … Continue reading

About Food – Making Georgian Flaky Pastry

Flaky pastry is used for several popular Georgian dishes, including Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread), Lobiani, pastries and cakes. This step-by-step guide will show you how to make authentic Georgian flaky pastry. Ingredients: 1.2 kilos of white flour, 1 egg, 180 grams of butter, 500 ml tepid water (milk can be used instead, especially if you … Continue reading

About Finance – New Vault for National Bank of Georgia

On June 15, 2012 the President of Georgia attended the opening ceremony of the new vault of the National Bank of Georgia in Tbilisi. Equipped with the latest security systems it is intended to support Georgia’s ambition to be the financial center of the region. Interior of the Vault “Interested investors or financial institutions that … Continue reading

About Recreation – Skiing in Georgia

High accommodation and piste costs mean that more and more skiers are looking for resorts that are a little further afield than the norm. Look no further! Georgia’s mountains offer some of the best skiing in the world. In fact, skiing in Georgia was listed in a New York Times article, ‘The 41 Places to Go … Continue reading

About Sights – Narikala Fortress

Narikala (Georgian: ნარიყალა) is an ancient fortress on a steep hill overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Mtkvari River. The fortress was established in the 4th century and considerably expanded over subsequent centuries. Much of what remains today dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished. … Continue reading

About Reform – ‘Everything In One Space’

The introduction of Public Service Halls throughout Georgia is one of many important reforms that are improving the lives of its citizens. Public Service Hall in Mestia What are Public Service Halls? Tagged ‘Everything in One Space’, Public Service Halls are essentially one-stop-shops delivering key services, such as public access to public records, issuing of passports … Continue reading

About Food – Ajapsandali (Georgian Eggplant Stew)

Ajapsandali (Georgian: აჯაფსანდალი) is a Georgian vegetarian dish popular as a family meal, especially in summer. There are many variations but they will always contain eggplant, potato and tomato. Click here to see another version that uses green peppers and no spices. Ingredients (for 5 servings): 500 grams of potatoes, 600 grams of eggplant (aubergine), 2 large tomatoes, 1 … Continue reading

About Sights – The Bridge of Peace

The Bridge of Peace (Georgian: მშვიდობის ხიდი) is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge over the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The 150 metre (490 ft) bridge was designed by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi and was officially opened on May 6, 2010. The wavy steel and glass canopy is fitted with thousands of LED lights that are switched on 90 … Continue reading

About Sights – Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi

On 23 June 2012 a new aerial tramway opened in Tbilisi. It connects the newly constructed Rike Park, that sits just across the Mtkvari river from the Old Town, with Narikala, the fortress that overlooks the city. The terminus at Rike Park with the Bridge Of Peace in the Background A one-way journey costs 1 GEL. … Continue reading

About Food – Mchadi (Georgian Cornbread)

Mchadi is a very popular cornbread traditionally eaten with lobio (beans) and cheese. Ingredients (for 6 servings). 400 grams of stone-ground cornmeal (preferably white), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of cold water (may need more depending on the cornmeal). Stone-ground white cornmeal  Preparation. Add water to the cornmeal little by little so that the cornmeal becomes … Continue reading

About Development – Tbilisi Trams

In 2004 the Tbilisi electric tram network celebrated its 100-year anniversary but just two years later it was closed due to its declining popularity and the prohibitive cost of overhaul. The story of the tramway began in 1883 with the first horse-drawn tramcar. These were replaced in 1904 by an electrified tramway line. One of the first electric … Continue reading

About Shopping – Traditional Carpets and Rugs

The history of carpet weaving in the Caucasus region dates back to the Middle Ages. Pieces of knotted pile carpet from the 13th and 14th centuries have been found in cave complexes in Georgia. Over the centuries, traders from Istanbul to Athens traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia, to trade in hand woven carpets at bazaars known … Continue reading

About Development – Renovated Svaneti

Georgia About aims to show you the best of Georgian culture and the arts, food and wine, history, and the best of places to visit but the best of Georgia is not all in the past. Georgia is developing fast and bringing the best of the modern world and its technology to Georgia to enhance the … Continue reading

About Wine – Introduction to Traditional Wine-Making

Thousands of years ago the ancient people of the South Caucasus Region discovered how to transform wild grape juice into wine by leaving it to ferment in clay vessels called Kvevri, which they buried in the ground. It was from Georgia that the method of wine-making in Kvevri spread to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and the rest … Continue reading

About Food – Bebo’s Green Bean and Egg Bake

In Georgia the word Bebo is a short version of Bebia meaning grandmother. We asked a Bebo from the Racha (Georgian: რაჭა) region of Georgia for a recipe. Racha is a highland area in western Georgia, located in the upper Rioni river valley and hemmed in by the Greater Caucasus mountains. Bebo told us that beans grow well in Racha and were … Continue reading