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Gudauri, Kazbegi and Ananuri: When Nature Complements Faith

22279662_10154907745546269_6326299287877039014_n The moment we stepped out of our vehicle, we stumbled upon this magnificent view. It reminded us once again of how great and marvelous the Creator is. The sun was out but the temperature up there was very cold.

22308596_10154907768001269_101839703635848105_nOn top of a hill in Gergeti township in Georgia is the Gergeti Trinity Church. This is located 7120 ft above sea level. This is one of the Georgian Church’s pilgrimage sites. The road going uphill is quite rough but the moment you reach the top, I assure you that it is worth it. From Tbilisi, it would take around 3-4 hours ( I guess?) going to Gergeti and when reaching Gergeti, we had to ride a 4wd off road vehicle because of road condition. Travel is around 30 mins from Gergeti town going uphill.

22228456_10154908558911269_208220716447809368_nOn our way to Gergeti, we made a stop over in this river they call Aragvi River to freshen up.

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22405722_10154919343121269_3726073895576773050_n One of the special places we have visited is the Ananuri Fortress. The location is always packed with visitors and pilgrims alike but no matter how many people would come to visit, what I really noticed is, this place is just so peaceful and calm. I think it is because this site is surrounded by plain nature. It is just so amazing.

22310158_10154908555226269_1855371652862727463_n Wifey’s favorite is the paragliding activity in Gudauri. Well, for me, at first few minutes. Here’s why. Before take off, I was excited and when I was already airborne, I was for a minute enjoying and amazed with the view; but not long after few movements and after going in circles, I was already nauseous. But for wifey’s case, she enjoyed most of the time. Anyways, I am still happy that I have tried it at least once in my entire life – bucketlist checked! lol

This part of our Georgia journey was one of a kind, unique and worth the effort. Will surely treasure the memories we had and definitely will go back one of these days.

Until then, Madloba Georgia! 🙂

Gamarjoba Georgia! Khakheti and Signaghi

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Signaghi (above photo) is a small and quiet town in eastern Georgia. They call this town the city of love because of some old tale. I do not really know the exact story but what I have read from some article is that there was a similar love story that of Romeo and Juliet’s that took place in this little town. Well, true or not, you will really feel the love when you get to visit this place. With the Caucasus mountain range as you backdrop, it will be perfect for some lovebird’s selfies.

It was our first day in Georgia. We arrived via FlyDubai in Tbilisi at around 5 in the morning. Guess what? It was freezing cold! It was 9 degrees C at that time, and imagine, it was still autumn! Anyways, it is not freezing for some, but for me, who have been living in a tropical country and the desert, I am not used to it.

Anyways.. going back to our story.. We then went to our apartment where we only paid quarter of a hotel’s price. Yeah, we paid less for an accommodation because we want to spend our budget to the “highlights” of our trip. Thanks to G7 Team, they gave us airport transfer services and tours as a package. I will give you their details at the end of this blog. After we freshen up from our flight, we then went ahead to jumpstart day 1 of our tour package.

First Stop!22221894_10154905935601269_3687168983199094695_nBodbe Monastery

This monastery is one of the most important sites of the Georgian Christian Faith. They call themselves as Orthodox Christians. The lady evangelist, St Nino, one of the early Christians went to Georgia to preach the gospel of Jesus. She was able to preach to the King of Georgia and was healed from his sickness. With great joy, the king accepted the Lord which lead the whole country to be declared as a Christian country. Georgia is, by the way, one of the earliest Christian Country along with Armenia. The significance of this site to Georgian Christian History is that the relics of St Nino is buried here.

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We then went to Signaghi tower where they used before as an outpost as a lookout for a possible invasion from the Caucasus.22196013_10154905077406269_4613473797823137460_n

This little town indeed made us fall in love with Georgia!

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We then went Kvareli where you will see another eye candy22279636_10154905066526269_143669121261105941_n

The favorite part of wifey is our visit to Khakheti’s Winery. 22467363_10154927901756269_8058332665439498378_o

Georgia is one of the countries in the world that produces great wines. Tracing back from their roots, they have been experts in wine making. For me, they are producing the best grapes in the world. Never have I tasted in my entire life such quality of a grape.

22467774_10154927902186269_2114126622083112818_oWith a minimum fee, we were able to take a tour around the winery and even experienced harvesting grapes. grapes

On our first day in Georgia, I have learned a lot of things about this country. I am fascinated with their culture and their great love for it. The Georgian people treats guests as a gift from God. I love their food – I will be talking about it later in a different post. Me and my wife were so thankful for G7 team for the friendly local guides and for going extra mile with their service. You can, by the way, contact them through their Facebook page: Kabayans and Pinoys in Tbilisi

All GCC residents, regardless of passport, does not require any visa hence we took advantage of it. Georgia is a beautiful country. There will be more to tell on our 2nd, 3rd and 4th day. See ya on my next entry!