Welcome to Kutaisi – capital of Imereti and our first destination. We spent a couple of days exploring the city and its surrounding. Wandering around the streets we discovered old, little book markets, a fun fair on top of a hill – an old, narrow cable car brings you up, great khinkali (dumpling filled with meat, cheese or mushrooms) and khachapuri (a flatbread filled with Imeruli cheese, very heavy but yummy), the Bagrati Cathedral with a beautiful view over Kutaisi, good Americanos at Tamar Mepe Street and lots of more… Most times we were followed by one of the many, lovingly stray dogs of Kutaisi – one of the guys was so friendly to accompany us home.
We made some excursions to Gelati Monastery, Motsameta Monastery and Martvili Monastery, visited the Georgian Jurassic Park Sataplia and took a walk through the Prometheus Cave.
For some more impressions of Kutaisi and a glimpse of its region check our shots below. Enjoy!
The first cemetery we discovered in Georgia was the one next to Motsameta Monastery. Each gravesite is fenced and most of them have a small table with at least one bench in it. Families, friends and relatives are using them to gather at the tomb, having a drink, smoke a cigarette or chat to the deceased.
Some impressions of Sataplia National Park, Prometheus Cave and view of Kutaisi.