Hello everybody, today we want to take you to Kutaisi, Georgia.
The country of Georgia has been sitting on our bucket list for a long time. Georgian cuisine (it is very popular nowadays in Russia), Georgian history, relatives coming from the Caucasus - it all rang a bell.
And how off the beaten path is yet still Georgia? Although the number of foreign visitors is growing, it is definitely not (yet) one of those places that gets flooded every weekend with masses of tourists. And yet European low cost airlines recently discovered Kutaisi as one of their destinations which makes it very convenient and easy to reach.
So this May we finally got the chance to come to Kutaisi on behalf of Visit Kutaisi. This was a good opportunity to start our relationship with Georgia.
Unfortunately, in the end we didn't make it there as a family - Alexandra stayed home with the kids. But Florian flew in for a weekend together with his friend and professional photographer Moritz and is going to share his impressions and tell you what one can do in Kutaisi in 48 hours.
Once upon a time, when I was 14 years old and a quite nasty teenager at that I went to Spain with mom. Her dream was to see Granada and Seville. Mine - eating a lot of frozen juice ice-cream and complain about anything and everything (sorry, mom).
The only memory I have from back then is a yellowish photo of myself with a grumpy face infront of the Columbus monument in the World's largest Seville Cathedral. It was time to fix that memory. And as Spring is the most amazing time in Andalusia, we got our tickets fixed and flew in for a long weekend.
This time I was a mom. And even though our kids are far from being teenagers, I'm sure you agree that city trip as a couple and city trip as a family is a completely different challenge.
Saying that, let us share with you what we managed to discover in the Andalusian capital during our 48 hours stay. Hope you will find our tips helpful.
Cologne is my dear friend. When I moved to Germany in 2007 I have spent a lot of time there. Living and studying in Bonn - Cologne neighbour - Cologne was the next biggest city to visit. I have brought all my visitors there and climbed the famous Cologne Cathedrale what felt like a hundred times.
Apart from my warm feelings Cologne is also a perfect weekend trip destination with enough points of interest to get you through but not too many that leave you undecided on where to start. Everyone would find something special here - let it be crazy Carnival party, marvelous Cologne Cathedrale or vibrant student life - Germany's largest university is in Cologne.
So let me tell you about my favorites in case you decided to spend a weekend in this cozy city along the Rhine river.
Palermo is a great weekend trip destination especially during the off season months of May and September. It is full of sunshine, sea breeze and history. As the whole island the city has changed religions and countries within the centuries and this is depicted in it's architecture and taste.
Street food, mafia, trash problems and 'God Father' filming - Palermo has seen it all.
Our flight back home was leaving from Palermo, so we decided to stay longer and spent 48 hours in the Sicily's capital.
I like Eastern Europe. I always feel home there. Countries with similar history and lifestyle each unique in their own way. Spending my first 20 years in St-Petersburg surely does play a significant role in my sympathie for the East Block.
Bucharest visit came rather spontaneously, actually as a necessary stop over. But we decided to stay a little longer than just between the flights and spent 3 full days in Romanian capital. Every time I told someone we are going to Bucharest I always got an answer back: 'What are you going to do there?' As if the city with almost 2 million inhabitants and centuries of history had nothing to offer! I was a bit discouraged, but as I believe that there are always things to see and do as soon as you keep your eyes open I thought that we'll manage anyway.
Long story short, we loved Bucharest (no big eyes, please) and realised that to 3 days is way too little to learn the city. This said, let me share with you some our discoveries and thoughts on how to make the most of 48 hours in Bucharest.
Пишу этот пост, сидя в тени деревьев во дворике студенческой столовой Хайдельберга. На улице солнце, плюс 25. Дворик забит студентами, стоит очередь в столовую - обеденный перерыв. Я - наблюдатель. Моё студенческое время закончилось уже почти 10 лет назад.