A name to remember: Samegrelo

Sisa, Sisa, Sisa Tura, or Samegrelo Encapsulated in One Ethnic Village Text by Nino Kvirikashvili Photos by Davit Bantsadze, Nino Kvirikashvili It’s impossible to resist remembering this famous Megrelian folk song when visiting the Sisa Tura Ethnic Village in Chkhoria. Before we reach our destination, I keep humming this tune. Its lyrics, word for word, […]

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Sataplia

Long Weekend Near Kutaisi

Text by Nino Kvirikashvili Photos (Sataplia, Prometheus, Navenakhevi) by Nino Kvirikashvili (courtesy of the Agency of Protected Areas) Navenakhevi Cave Remember Gollum’s abode from The Lord of the Rings? That’s how the magical Navenakhevi Cave feels. The Navenakhevi Cave is located near the village of Navenakhevi in the Terjola Municipality, not far from Kutaisi. Though […]

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Time-Traveling—Tskaltubo’s Soviet Ghosts

Exactly 10 minutes from Kutaisi, I find myself on a different planet completely by accident. That’s the only feeling one gets at the swimming pool of the abandoned Bathhouse #8 in Tskaltubo. I knew about this pool mostly from photo sessions by my friends and foreign photographers. And now I’m here in person, still suspecting […]

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The Inaishvili Residence — a Landmark in Old Batumi

Text by Nino Kvirikashvili I became once again convinced that there are houses you always miss when I visited the Inaishvili Residence in Old Batumi. Generally, I take Old Batumi for a quintessential European city. The house at 44 Vazha-Pshavela is an inseparable part of European Batumi. On my friend’s advice—who said that honesty always […]

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