I had a very exciting adventure in this country and learned many new facts.
Georgia, the land of the Golden Fleece, gets this nickname from ancient Greek mythology of the Golden Fleece. Georgia has long been associated with the legend of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. Greek legends tell of a fabulously wealthy land called Kolkheti or Kolkha from which Jason stole the Golden Fleece from King Aieti, helped by the king’s daughter Medea.
This country has a long and complex history. Most noteable was of course that in Georgia the ‘World's oldest wine' was found in 8,000-year-old jars. Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making. The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. I must admit, I prefer water to wine though.
I visited several places outside the capital city. I mostly enjoyed the nature views from high up.
I have been to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori, dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. We also stopped at Uplistsikhe, which is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. It is built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages.
The next day I explored the old city centres of Tbilisi and Msketha. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the "Holy City" by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.
See you soon again with new adventures.