Tbilisi, Georgia, Europe - Pictures of the Old City (KGB, Still Watching You!)
Tbilisi - a great old city
In 2010, I had the opportunity to visit Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia (Europe, not USA!) It was a working trip of only three days, so I didn't have much chance to look around. But as most people have no chance to visit such places, I thought readers might enjoy these few photographs from my trip.
Tbilisi is an ancient city in an ancient country, with the pride of culture to match. This is no mere (ex) Soviet satellite. They have their own language, their own unique alphabet which is quite different from both Russian and Western Europe. Their cuisine is highly distinctive, and rich, making much use of dairy products. And they pride themselves as being the wine cradle of Europe, sticking to traditional methods that have largely been driven out of France, Germany and Italy by commercial pressures. I can vouch for the wine, especially the deep rich reds, though the locals tend to favour their white wines for everyday drinking.
A couple of disclaimers - the pictures are by a 2010 mobile phone VGA camera, in failing available light, and are not of particularly good quality. I have also airbrushed out people's faces. Georgia had recently been at war with Russia and there were still, shall we say, tensions in the Caucuses. It pays to be careful.
When I first published this article in 2010, for contractual reasons, I was not at liberty to say why I was in Georgia. In fact, I was there in a technical consultative capacity, to help facilitate the Newsroom design and launch of PIK TV, a Russian language news, documentary and cultural channel. PIK TV (First Caucuses News) offered an alternative to the Kremlin controlled RT Network.
Sadly, the channel was closed down after just under two years. (There was always going to be political pressure to this end).
Pictures from Tbilisi, Georgia
And That's About It...
I'm not going to pretend to know more about Tbilisi, Georgia, than rubbed off in three short days. My memories are of a friendly proud people, intent on safeguarding their ancient culture and traditions at all costs. When they raise a glass, which is not infrequently, their toast, translated, is - Victory to us!
Thank you for reading.