Bazaars, Shops and Churches
After walking down the winding stairs and into the portion of the old town that houses several of the thermal bath houses, we wandered through the hillside to the west, checking out several churches and shopping districts. The architecture, street layout, and variety of spaces made for an interesting side trip. We stopped for lunch (and a break from the heat) at a second-story restaurant, and then continued on. We met up with our van driver on the western edge of the old town for a quick ride through Freedom Square and the the newer part of Tbilisi before heading back to our hotel to rest up before dinner.
The Theatre is among the world’s preeminent cultural institutions. Presenting mature puppet performances full of depth and meaning, it has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences and critics alike.
There are over twelve churches and mosques in this part of the old city.
Tomorrow we drive east two hours up into the mountains to the 18th century walled town of Sighnaghi in the heart of Georgia’s wine country where we will have lunch with a local family. After lunch we head east for wine tasting at a local vineyard before reaching Chateau Mere, our hotel for the next two days.