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The Allure Of The Greater Caucasus: Exploring Svaneti, Georgia

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 7:45 AM

Over a series of Lavazza cappuccinos in the austere and achingly trendy "Cafe Literaturuli" -- one of the most successful iterations of Tbilisi's bizarre attempts at arty-chic -- my Georgian friend L. attempts to explain to me the mystique of Georgia's mountain regions. She tells me the story -- characteristic,...

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Georgia's Black Sea Playground

(10) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Two years ago, the port city of Batumi, Georgia's pastel-colored playground on the Black Sea Coast, was hardly postcard-worthy. The cobblestone streets were almost uniformly obstructed by rubble, the splendid art nouveau facades hidden beneath layers of scaffolding, plastic sheeting, and an ever-present coating of grime. The few high-end hotels...

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When Off The Beaten Path Becomes Mainstream: Rediscovering A 'Discovered' City In Tbilisi, Georgia

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 7:00 AM

A few nights ago, at an Ossetian dive bar in the heart of the Tbilisi's historic district, my long-suffering English boyfriend was forcibly (if amiably) abducted by a table of Georgian men who insisted on testing his Anglo-Saxon constitution with copious amounts of cha cha (essentially gasoline schnapps). They had...

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