Caucasus Photo Journal – Week 3: Mtskheta and Davit Gareja

Every Friday during our three-month trip through the Caucasus I plan to publish a short series of photos that sums up the week that was. Here is the third installment from Georgia. This week we got out of the city for the first time, taking day trips to Mtskheta, Georgia’s old capital and ‘spiritual heartland’, and to Davit Gareja monastery in Kakheti. We also continued our walks around Tbilisi, photographing the inner-city neighbourhoods of Abanotubani and Betlemi. I haven’t posted anything else this week, but I’m working on a story about Fabrika Tbilisi – a very cool creative space where we’ve been spending a lot of time lately.

LEFT – VIEW FROM THE TOP OF ONE OF TBILISI’S MANY HILLS. PICTURED IS THE NARAKALA CABLE CAR AND THE GOLD-DOMED HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL OF TBILISI, FRAMED BY A BALCONY WINDOW. RIGHT – THE ENTRYWAY OF A DILAPIDATED APARTMENT BLOCK SOMEWHERE IN BETLEMI, TBILISI’S OLD JEWISH NEIGHBOURHOOD.

© Emily Lush 2017 THE DOMED ROOFS OF TBILISI’S SULFUR BATHS, ABANOTUBANI.

© Emily Lush 2017 THE FIRST OF THE SEASON’S CHERRY BLOSSOMS CAME OUT THIS WEEK. WE’VE STARTED SPOTTING THEM ALL OVER THE CITY.

© Emily Lush 2017DAVIT GAREJA MONASTERY COMPLEX IN GEORGIA’S EASTERN KAKHETI REGION. LOCATED RIGHT ON THE BORDER WITH AZERBAIJAN, THIS IS STILL CONSIDERED DISPUTED TERRITORY. TEN MONKS RESIDE IN THE COMPLEX TODAY.

LEFT – THE INCREDIBLE CANDY-CANE COLOURED HILLS OF KAKHETI, GEORGIA. RIGHT – OUR FIRST VIEW OF AZERBAIJAN. WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO BE TRAVELLING TO BAKU NEXT WEEK.

© Emily Lush 2017JVARI MONASTERY – A QUICK 20-MINUTE DAY TRIP FROM TBILISI.

© Emily Lush 2017ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL VIEW. THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS FROM THE TOP OF JVARI MONASTERY, OVERLOOKING THE TOWN OF MTSKHETA.

© Emily Lush 2017A GIRL LIGHTS CANDLES INSIDE SVETITSKHOVELI CATHEDRAL IN MTSKHETA.

© Emily Lush 2017A HIGHLIGHT OF OUR WEEK WAS TRYING CHACHA – GEORGIAN VODKA – FOR THE FIRST TIME. MORE LIKE GRAPPA, IT’S MADE FROM THE FERMENTED SKINS OF WINE GRAPES. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, CHACHA COMES IN A VARIETY OF FLAVOURS. WE TRIED ROSEWATER AND PEAR.

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