GEORGIA TRIP DIARY – DAY 5 – KAZBEGI

by Antonio Gil February. 18, 2018 888 views
At last, a good hotel ☺

At last, a good hotel ☺

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Back of the Hotel

Back of the Hotel

♫♫ Kazbegi (Beauty of Georgia) ♫♫

This is most people’s destination on the Georgian Military Hwy: a valley town with the famous hilltop silhouette of Tsminda Sameba Church and the towering snowy cone of Mt Kazbek looking down from the west. Now officially named Stepantsminda, but still commonly known as Kazbegi, it's a base for some wonderful walking and mountain-biking.

This 5047m extinct volcano (also called Mkinvartsveri or Mt Kazbegi), towering west of Kazbegi, has much folk history. The Greek Prometheus was supposedly chained up here for stealing fire from the gods, as was the Georgian Amirani, for challenging God’s omnipotence. The Betlemi (Bethlehem) cave, 4000m above sea level, was believed to be the abode of many very sacred objects – Christ’s manger, Abraham’s tent and a dove-rocked golden cradle whose sight would blind a human being.

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Tim Rogers 1 year, 10 months ago

The b&w have a hint of Ansel Adams about them

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 1 year, 10 months ago

That's a comment I will never forget. Thank you so much

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Aniket Pant 1 year, 11 months ago

#1Aaah!  This one brings back lovely memories of walking across Bhutan. (Though those weren't volcanoes). 

What a lovely scene. The cloud cloaking the mountain peak is perfect!!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Aniket Pant 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm glad it made you remember those amazing days in Buthan my friend

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Russell Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

#1is stunning . Reminds me a little bit of Colorado when I was there this past week

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

Now, I've got to visit Colorado smile Thanks Russel

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Francesc 1 year, 11 months ago

Fantastic views...Great mountain set!!!! Happy week

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks my friend, Wish you the same.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

Fantastic views from your accomodation !  It must be great to sit on that terrace, having a (hot) drink and just enjoying the being there.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

It was so cold at night we could barely stand there more than a few minutes. Thanks dear Heike

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 11 months ago

Fascinating vistas! I didn't notice the church in #1 until later. It really emphasizes the scale of the country side! Thanks for including the music video & Lonely Plant info. It certainly provided excellent additional  images of this amazing part of the world! What a luxurious accommodation, compared to the ones you were using in previous series! Nice to see a little green, as well. The waterfall in the video was unique. I guess in the Spring & Summer there must be a tremendous flow over bare rock face! Glad yo didn't lose your sight by finding the cradle! Fantastic series! Bravo!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 11 months ago

Sometimes we have to pamper ourselves smile This was the pinnacle of this trip, and a view I will never forget. The air was pure and brisk, and everything looked brighter. Thanks dear friend.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

AMen & Amen! Especially, after such a death-defying lead-up, to the luxurious finale!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Jill Bahm 1 year, 11 months ago

All beautiful images but #1 is spectacular!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jill Bahm 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree with you. It was an amazing view.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 11 months ago

A bit of comfort, well diserved

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 11 months ago

At last smile More to come

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

Speechless! open mouth heart

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

You????? smile

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

Sh***, you know me to well already!
But really, that is  - oh my - just a spectacular landscape mount fuji , a incredible hotel hotel with books books  AND all that packed up in a "open-mouth-speechless-making-series" . +1 +1 +1 
So, happy now?! joy

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

Much better. smile Now I can relax

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

joy

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Basiek Basiek 1 year, 11 months ago

such an amazing place!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Basiek Basiek 1 year, 11 months ago

It sure was Basiek. Thank you for your comment my friend

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh my god! That 'outdoor seating' looks very calming! And beautiful composition too Antonio!

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Daanish Farhan 1 year, 11 months ago

It sure was, although a bit to the cold side smile  Thanks Daanish

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

Cold or not but it looks very attacting! 😁

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang 1 year, 11 months ago

#1,The fairyland appearing in your picture

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang 1 year, 11 months ago

That's a good title dear friend. Thank you

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

😊💐

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

☃👑

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Andi Saw 1 year, 11 months ago
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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 11 months ago

No cave, no treasures, no cradle - sorry smile

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