I have to admit I worked hard before the trip to find some places to eat out in Kutaisi that would satisfying our need of local, authentic food. I asked around and I only got a couple of recommendations, enough actually for the amount of time we spent in the city.
Gastronomy was one of the main reasons we decided to visit Georgia. With influences from the Caucasus region, Eastern Europe, the Mediteranean area and the Middle East, it looked like our favorite mix of flavors, spices and herbs.
Tbilisi needed less than 2 days to convince us that it deserves to be in our top cities in Europe to come back to and explore more. We had the same connection with this place as we have been having with Belgrade for the last couple of years. Still not very touristic, super easy to walk around, lots of cool places to eat out and drink, very decent prices, excellent vibe.
Our 5th day in Georgia was dedicated to exploring a bit the area around Kutaisi. As there’s plenty to see in the region, monasteries, caves, canyons, lots of forests and roads going up and down, we had a full day of staying outdoor, walking a lot and admiring the view.
Our 4th day in Georgia started, as usual, very early, although we didn’t have that much to drive, but still we wanted to have a full day of exploring, especially since the sun was up and the sky was clear.
Our third day in Georgia meant about 300km of driving, coming down from the mountains and heading to the center of the country. It was a full day of driving, with a couple of stops on the way, but it still was enjoyable as the weather was nice and the view kept us busy the whole time.
One of the main reasons we wanted to visit Georgia was the Caucasus Mountains. We were initially thinking of hiking for a couple of days, but in May when we were there it was still quite cold and the snow hadn’t melted yet, so we had to change our plans a bit, but still managed to get a bit of a mountain feel, even without the hiking.
Our first day in Georgia started very, very early, after a night flight that landed in the Tbilisi Airport somewhere around 4 AM. We picked our car, got a Georgian SIM card and officially started our one week road trip with a proper sunrise.
When we were telling people around us that we planned a trip to Georgia (the country) for May this year, most of the questions we got were: “Where is that on the map?” and “Why would you even consider going there for a vacation?”