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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #1
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GEORGIA | Tbilisi | თბილისი

I had to be in Tbilisi (Georgia) for business last week. Absolutely not the worst place to go: I found it to be a fascinating and wonderful city. The city has a unique scenery and architecture.

The look and feel of the city is rather similar to other ex-Soviet cities that I visited, for instance the huge contrasts between rich and poor. These are even greater than I experienced in - for instance - Russia or Ukraine. Georgia is still a really poor contry, although you wouldn't say so when wandering through its impressive main streets.

Still, the city also had differences compared with other East-European cities. It has a lot of influences from Turkey, which can be seen in the people, the architecture and its delicious food. When doing business, I found the people more commercial and less bureacratic than in other ex-communist countries.

1. The Boeing 737 that flew us to Tbilisi. It's a second-hand plane with worn-out interiors. We did enjoy great views of the Caucasus however during descent to the city.


2. The views from my hotel room onto the river and the old town. Behind the old town you'll find the "new" city centre, with large Hausmann-style avenues and a lot of neo-classical architecture.


3. The same with daylight.


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5. Some views in the new centre. A lot of expensive shops and posh cars here.


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7. A city bus, a second hand bus from the Netherlands. In the background some great stalinistic building.


8. I'm lovin' it!


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11. The central square where the rose revolution took place. The Lenin-statue that used to stand here is now replaced with some neo-classical thing.


12. The same square at night. In the background you can see the wonderful city hall.


13. Typical residential street in the old town.


14. A view onto a part of the old town. The building in the far right of the picture is an old mosq. Georgia has a large minority of muslims. The majority is orthodox-christian.


15. View on the river. The steep cliffs give the city a special view.


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17. Public loading facility for mobile phones.


18. Just a view outside the city centre. Take a look at the (ugly) nationalistic billboard... Nations like Georgia and Ukraine are very busy building a new national identity after decades of Soviet-rule.


19. Some less nice parts of the city. This is near the station, where there are a lot of refugees from Abkhasia, a disputed area between Georgia and Russia.


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22. In the background you can see the city's stadium.


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24. Many people use these private microbuses. Although most are in a bad state, they are still faster than the official city buses.


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Really interesting pictures. You can tell that life is not easy in Georgia, but that they are at a turning point. I really wish them the best. They deserve it.

What kind of business could you have possibly done in Georgia?
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:57 PM   #3
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Really interesting pictures. You can tell that life is not easy in Georgia, but that they are at a turning point. I really wish them the best. They deserve it.
Well yeah, they are poor, but things are progressing. The economy is growing at a rapid rate. So I'm quite optimistic about Georgia.

You can indeed tell they are on a turning point by looking at the enormous contrasts in the country. Take a look at picture #5 and compare it to #19... and then imagine these places are only about 2 kilometers apart.

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Mafia business of course, that's the only business in Eastern Europe! (At least, that is what many people in Western Europe seem to think)

Seriously, I work as a consultant in public transport. In Georgia I worked on an assignment for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), advising about the reconstruction of Tbilisi's public transit network.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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Seriously, I work at a consultant in public transport. In Georgia I worked on an assignment for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), advising about the reconstruction of Tbilisi's public transit network.

U should come to Skopje then too...

btw great pics, interesting city... especially the riverside it's unique...
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Old March 18th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #5
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WTF? Now this thread was moved to the Asian forums... Georgia is a European country!
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Interesting. Really enjoyed reading your commentry
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hehe, welcome to Asia, Georgia!!! It's only time before we have Armenia, Azerbaijan and Chechnya knocking on our door, too!
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Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia are part of North Asia
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how are you supposed to read Tbilisi?
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Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia are part of North Asia
There is no significant geographic divide between Europe and Asia...from geographic standpoint they are both part of a single major landmass...the only reason we talk about two continents is because Europeans came up with the names we use today, and they saw themselves as being separate from Asians...so a dubious "geographical" separation using Urals / Caucasus / Black Sea was used as excuse to label the two ends of Eurasia as separate continents. If we were using mountains and lakes to separate continents then there would be many more continents than the standard seven. Thus, since we are talking landmasses separated by culture not geography...I would say Georgia is more Europe than Asia. At least as far as Skyscrapercity goes this thread probably belongs either in the European or MiddleEastern section.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 12:03 PM   #11
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Georgia and the Caucasus in general is pretty underestimated and unknown in the Western World. This region is full of natural beauty, rich history and possibly bright futures. These are excellent pictures of Tbilisi and thank you for sharing them. Georgian people look like a hybrid mix of Slavic, Turkic and Iranian peoples. It's great to see that Georgia is in a transitional period which will make it prosper in the future!
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GEORGIA | Tbilisi





English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tbilisi
Русский: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tbilisi


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Abanot-Ubani District


Svanetian Tower overlooking Turtle Lake


Dry Bridge District looking towards the Right Embankment


The grounds of the National Public Library of Georgia


Tbilisi's largest park Vake, with the foothills of the Trialeti Range in the background




Synagogue


Church and Mother Georgia


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Parliament














Chavchavadze Avenue


Botanical Gardens






"Iveria hotel - once housing for refugees, now bought (by a western hotel chain i believe) and remodeled."






Sioni Cathedral


square with armenian and georgian churches








Business Center "Metechi" in Old Tbilisi


Metechi Platoe, Sheraton-Metekhi Hotel


King Vakhtang Gorgasali - founder of Tbilisi


Queen Darejan's summer palace


Monument to General Bagrationi


Former Wedding Palace (Now is the residency of businessman B.Patarkatsishvili)


Living apartments on Baratashvili street


Children's Art Gallery




Hotel "Old Metekhi" on the left bank of river Mtkvari on the Metekhi Plateau








Gorgasali


Meidani


Pekin St. 17




Sameba


former Wedding Palace


Caravansaray


Irakli St.










Rustaveli Street


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Part 2 of the set for the European forum = )

Tbilisi International Airport






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Ajara hotel


Chavchavadze Ave






State Concert Hall
















Agmashenebeli Ave




Sheraton Metehi




Rustaveli Ave


Ministry of economic development
















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Dinamo Stadium
















View from Mtatsminda


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Part 2 of the set for the European forum = )

Tbilisi International Airport






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Ajara hotel


Chavchavadze Ave






State Concert Hall
















Agmashenebeli Ave




Sheraton Metehi




Rustaveli Ave


Ministry of economic development
















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Dinamo Stadium
















View from Mtatsminda



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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #15
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*Bump*

This gallery may take around 5 minutes to load for faster users since I decided to post everything I collected (from my cityscape version) with the 1st installment.
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Interesting pics!

Looks like it has an enormous variety of architecture. Different parts look like different cities. The Old City apparently needs a lot of renovations, but it's coming along. Thanks for posting.
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Fascinating city!!!
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Old March 9th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #18
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If the old city gets it's much needed renovation this city could be a true jewel! I already like it though
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What I like particularly is that it looks as if the Old City wasn't destroyed at all by the communists, it could become a very nice bustling tourists/shopping area in the future and it looks very big.
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