Hello All! I’m on VACATION, traveling through a part of the world I’ve never seen before… I’m on a tour of Georgia (the country), Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Different from anywhere I’ve been before. It’s such an odd experience–not quite Europe, not quite Asia, not quite the Middle East, but a blend of cultures and the unique character of each country…
The view from my hotel window in Georgian capital Tbilisi:
First let’s start with Georgia:
The national symbol is grapes. Archeologists believe that wine was first invented in Georgia,several thousand years ago. Georgian wine is produced differently (and tastes different) than any other wine in the world, and is prized among wine enthusiasts.
The food is delicious, and organic. Georgia does not use pesticides or GMOs. Georgian cuisine is a pretty wild experience: totally different from anything I’ve had before. You can taste a relationship to Russian, Persian, European and even Indian food (the “Silk Road” connecting East and West runs through Georgia), but the dishes are different than its neighbors. Different spices. Different ingredients. Delicious.
Georgia was a member of the Soviet Republic, and fought (and won) a war against the Russians in 2008. The country does not currently have diplomatic relations with Russia.
Stalin was born in Georgia, in the town of Gori. The country has mixed feelings about Stalin.
The country is Christian Orthodox. The art will blow you away! The bible is very much alive for the people of Georgia. You can actually walk to Jerusalem from Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi.
The country has its own language and alphabet, unrelated to any other language family or alphabet in the world… though it may have origins in ancient Sumeria.
Georgia is bordered by Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, settled long before Greece. Making wine, crafting metals, and practicing medicine long, long before Europe.
Colchis, the classical kingdom of Western Georgia, was famed for its great wealth and was where Jason and the Argonauts captured the Golden Fleece (in the Odyssey), and where Jason married the princess/healer Medea.
Architecture in Georgia is an amazing mish-mash of all periods, ancient to wildly contemporary, side by side.
The people are warm, friendly, and love Americans.
Here are some pictures:
It’s always important to see what chocolate looks like in other countries…
MORGANA RAE is an international #1 best selling author, pioneer in personal development, and regarded to be the world’s leading Relationship with Money coach. Morgana’s groundbreaking program for attracting wealth has featured her on ABC-TV, PBS, CNN, NPR, United Press International and The Wall Street Journal online. Learn how to become a Money Magnet with her FREE 4-part video gift series. Fill out your name in the form at the top of the page. (We promise not to share your info!)
Wanna reprint it for your blog or e-zine? Cool! Just post a “written by Morgana Rae” credit, and tell your readers to get my FREE Money Magnet Video Gift at www.morganarae.com. Thanks!