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For beer admirers we have Tbilisi Beer Festival in Georgia, which was held on 21-22 July  at Rose Revolution Square.

Lots of beer

Lots of people

Lots of fun

Lots of friends

I crawled among people and shot some photos in between, when I came home, I found that I had almost 500 photos on my memory stick. 😀

So, I’ve  just selected some of my favorite faces for your 🙂

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Every time I visit my village, we are making Mtsvadi a.k.a shashlyk, skewered meat – simple, stunning and delicious one; we are gathering around the fire, chatting and waiting for brilliant food.

There are various ways for making Mtsvadi, but here is the simplest one, follow the photo direction:

For making fire you need dry vine root stock, in other cases you may use coal or charcoal, but the vine root stock is far different, making the Mtsvadi more tasty.

 

 

And the fire

Slice fresh pork and skewer it.
p.s. you can use veal, lamb or even chicken fillet, but the pork is very important while making Mtsvadi

Put the skewered Meat on fire and time to time turn it round .

After Mtsvadi is ready, remove it with bread from skewers 🙂

Leave the bread you’ve used for removing Mtsvadi on top of the bowl and squeeze some pomegranate (if any) on Mtsvadi.
Bon appétit! 😉

 

Updated after Nekresi Tour 🙂 and with my new camera ❤

 

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Two weeks ago I had an ethnographic tour in Khevsureti .

While heading to Khevsureti there is one of the largest reservoirs in Georgia – Zhinvali Reservoir in Dusheti Region. Being both very beautiful and dangerous (risk of flood), coquetting from the surrounding mountains, Zhinvali Reservoir is of 11.5 sq.km space and of 520 sq.m. capacity.

It has in-flowing rivers Mtiuleti Aragvi and Pshavi Aragvi and out-flowing Aragvi River.  Zhinvali Reservoir was formed after constructing of Zhinvali Dam,so, Zhinvali Reservoir is very important for water supply of the Capital Tbilisi.

So for some period of time we traveled along the Zhinvali Reservoir and enjoyed this magnifique scenery.

Shot by Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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Couple of weeks ago I visited my relatives in Telavi. There is a kind of tradition, when one visits Telavi City  (East Georgia) one also visits old and famous Telavi Bazaar.  So we did it as usual, my father was walking around and looking for various things to buy and I was just following him and photo touring around.  Things are not quite expensive here and you can find almost anything you want, including handmade products, meet local people and chat with them (and they are so sweet and kind).

So here are some photos from Telavi Bazaar.

Handmde Brooms

Handmade traditional hats

Spices

Goatskin Cheese

Honey and Beeswax (for making candles)

Popcorn 🙂

Nuts and sweets, including Churchkhela 

Shot by Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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As I mentioned in my previous post, many interesting events are held in Tsinandali.

So, about a week ago, Georgian Cheese Festival was held in Tsinandali. For some personal reasons, I was not able to attend this glorious event, though, a kind friend of mine  donated to my new blog some nice shots, which I hope you may enjoy:

Thread like Georgian Cheese

Plait Like Cheese

Cheese cured in red pepper and other spices

Cheese with barberries

Cheese cured in Wine

Smoked Cheese Stripes

Unbelievable, but these are Cheese Statues 🙂

Cheese cured in goatskin

Cheese presented in a lamb form

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It was 2010, when I last visited Tsinandali; I was then attending the exhibition of Salvador Dali works and wine sampling.

Tsinandali is a small village in Kakheti, Georgia – 79 km east of the Capital Tiflis.

For brief introduction of Tsinandali Palace, I can say that it belonged to one of the noble families of XIX century Georgia – The Chavchavadze Family;

This was the place where prominent people of various countries met each other, the place uniting art, literature, music, winemaking, gardening . . .

Tsinandali Palace was famous for  its winery – the oldest and largest winery in Georgia, combining European and Georgian winemaking traditions and for its garden planned by European designers and being stretched on 12  h; 150 plantations from 400 in total, are exotic, brought from foreign countries, the Garden was even compared to Richmond Park and Alexander Dumas mentioned it as the Garden of Eden.

Presently this brilliant place is the Palace-Museum and is used for various events, such as wine fests, exhibitions, conserts, cheese festival, etc.

Some photos from Tsinandali taken in 2010  

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Yeasterday, I toured in the West of Georgia. Surely, one post cannot cover all the stuff I saw or tasted there, but I would like to introduce you with Shrosha – a small village in Zestaponi Region.

As the village is located near the central highway (close toEuropean Route E60), one cannot pass along without noticing a wide selection of beautiful handcrafted items for sale as gifts or for personal use.

Pottery is well developed in other parts of Georgia as well, and as for the Village Shrosha, it is provided with loamy land and respectively, most of the families follow pottery traditions.

Handicrafted items are exhibited along the Highway for 24/7,  people work there by shifts, I noticed that women work at daytime and men work at night there.

My father kept his word and we stopped there for renewing my kitchen with this exceptional pottery.

If you ask, they can write anything on the pottery, your name, etc . . 

And my kitchen items (large pot for main course, small, individual pots, wine vessel)

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