Kazbegi – 1st Day
Im not going to lie to you, our flight to Georgia was a rather unpleasant one since it was during my least favorite part of the day and as much as I loathe taking flights during the wee hours, I somehow always end up with a flight in that particular time slot. Having said that I must admit that landing in Georgia was absolutely surreal. As the sun light slowly crept into the Caucasus and the slightly light headed crew made sure everyone was ready for landing, the pilot made an announcement in a thick Russian accent informing his crew that the plane was flying over ‘Kazbegi’ and will be landing in Tbilisi shortly.
The luminous valley of Kazbegi under our wings made it hard for me to look away from the window and it was that unbelievably gorgeous view that made me so eager and excited for our trip to Kazbegi the next day.
So as we hit the road for Kazbegi after spending a rather low key day in Tbilisi, I was blown away by the sceneries that accompany you throughout your journey. Lush green fields for as far as we could see along with waterfalls and lakes and animals grazing on the mountains as we made our way winding through them.
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“The grass is always greener on the other side” ••••••••••• Jee jee that is exactly what I tried to explain in my last 2 posts using a very insignificant real life example but in case 🙆♂️کے اوپر سے🚀 then just remember that life on instagram is almost as “real” as pizza. Its round in shape, comes in a square box and cut into triangular pieces and most importantly the topping is always less than what you had seen in the tv commercial 😒 . . . I would only take credit for the last part of the analogy, the rest was taken from google 😉 . . . Speaking of 🍕 , Ive put the link to a mini blog in my profile. Its a very useful recipe to a non fussy, non messy kind of a travel snack that I was feeding Noorain in the pictures i shared yesterday. It can be easily prepared beforehand and consumed while your bub is on the go 👩👧👦 and yes this video is from our way back from the @gveleti falls. I will soon share a detailed blog about this scenic drive 😍
We made 3 Stops on our way to the hotel where we planned to stay a night.
The first stop was Svetitskhoveli Cathdedral. I still dont know how to pronounce that and I just prefer reading it in my head.
Despite the wear and tear over a period of centuries and numerous attacks by foreign forces, this Orthodox Church is still considerably well preserved for a medieval structure.
You can still see parts of it that were burnt and brought down, whenever the country went under attack but today it stands proud as a UNESCO world heritage site in the historic town of Mtskheta. The streets leading to the church were my favorite and only if I had more time on my hands I would have definitely spent hours wandering around.
Our next stop which was the Jvari Monastery could be easily seen from where the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral stands which means it hardly took us twenty minutes to make it to our next stop which was at a slightly elevated location. The views this place offered of the entire town of Mtskheta were amazing and we found more tourists outside than inside the monastery.
The next stop was Ananuri Fortress located right next to the Zhinvali water reservoir. Their isn’t much to do in the fortress except enjoy the legend that the locals like to tell about this place and how the fortress got its name ‘Ananuri’. Nope I wouldn’t dare spoil it for you.
We stopped over at Rooms hotel for lunch and oh boy is there terrace the perfect place to enjoy the view of the valley with a hot bowl of their famous tomato soup.
If you plan to book a room in the hotel I would suggest you make it quick since the hotel is one of the busiest in the area and the rooms go out really quick. We were amongst the unfortunate ones who couldn’t secure a room in the hotel but we were more than satisfied with where we stayed the night.
Our adventure in Kazbegi had only begun, Follow me on instagram and wait for my post to find out what we did on the second day.