No, it is not a spelling error, this is the name of the old capital of Georgia, located outside of Tbilisi. We strolled around town, admired the small houses with its beautifully carved wooden balconies and headed towards the old Patriarchal Temple oF Svetitskhoveli, a Georgian Christian religious centre and symbol of the nations spiritual unity. The old church has been a target for invadors several times and rebuilt just as many. The intervention of Tamerlane greatly damaged it and Arab commandant Abdul Qasim ordered to burn it down but it was rebuilt soon. After turning into ruins again at the beginning of the 11th century, Catholicos Melkiades drew forth the idea to build a new temple. The temple proved to be a popular spot for newly wedded couples and I think we saw up to eight different wedding couples! Since it started raining we decided to have a late lunch and ended up spending more than two ours at the local taverna, enjoying barbecue with potatoes, Georgian bread and a bottle of red. On the way back, I managed to flat on my nose (not sure due to the slippery rainy streets or the wine, or a combination of both). Our taxi driver for the day was laughing at us, saying he thought we went off and got married since we took such a long time! We then drove back to Tbilisi and had some nice tea in the flat before heading out again to a Japanese sushi place. After delicious sushi we rounded off with drinks at a jazz bar! I promise you, there will be photos, I just don't have my lap top with me and can't seem to uplpad photos from my ipad!
|Fried pork wiht potatoes and onion. Delicious!|