Born from a longing for the mountains but from a desire on the other hand, from an acquaintance, Tamara, music teacher, pianist, Georgian, in love with her country who one day told us, if you're curious, you have to "discover Georgia".
So in the company of Alain Puiseux for edition 19 of the magazine '200', we took a flight to Tbilisi and then crossed Georgia to Batumi, by land and on the most beautiful, high roads – some of them felt like they've never been ridden before.
From small roads winding around summits softened by the winds, to gravel paths straddling the valleys, this trip will remain engraved in my mind as one of the most wonderful that I have been able to achieve, defined both by the immensity of its nature and by the kindness of the people there.
if you need it, depending on the season, you shouldn't be too picky when it comes to allowing yourself the relative comfort of taking a hotel, if it can even be called that!
We chose the month of October to celebrate a certain tradition of winter travel (ok, pre-winter ...). At this time of the year, there is less tourism than in the summer, and above all a period of transition where things in life seem more raw, more beautiful, like a last breath before protecting oneself once and for all. With the snowy period too, it's a good time to discover the true nature of a country and its inhabitants.
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We arrived in Akhaltsikhe in the afternoon and a valley later, in a beautiful winter sun. More gorges, a castle near a confluence, where the blue smoke from the chimneys seemed to have always been at home. The Ottoman fortress of Akhaltsikhe dates from the 12th century, it was renovated in 2012 with great enthusiasm, for the use of tourists. But always, all the invaders who passed by there fell under its charm.