Last month I decided to do something a bit spontaneous – after realising my friend Emma and I had 3 days off at the same time, we booked a trip to Tbilisi, Georgia!
I landed from a flight in the evening and Emma came over so we could plan the trip somewhat – we booked standby flights with FlyDubai for the next morning, a hotel in Tiblisi, and left the rest to be decided when we got there!
The flight over was under 3 hours, and we arrived just after lunchtime. Funnily enough we bumped into 2 friends on the flight, so we shared a taxi from the airport as our hotels weren’t too far apart. Our hotel was absolutely beautiful, and we checked in and got ready to do some exploring.
We didn’t have an exact route in mind, and set out heading in the general direction of the old town. Our plan was also to book a tour for the next day (our only full day) to see some of the surrounding area; luckily there were plenty of tourist offices offering day trips.
We wandered through the pretty streets, taking in the views and sights. We got lucky with the weather – beautifully sunny and warm.
Soon enough our tummies were starting to rumble, and after having read fellow Emirates blogger Jess’s blogpost (click here to read) about her trip to Tbilisi, we found a restaurant called The Shadow of Metehki, which boasted great views from the terrace.
We tried the Georgian salad, which is similar to Greek salad but with walnuts rather than feta (so delicious!) and of course had to try the famous Khachapuri, a type of bread with cheese cooked into it, sometimes served with an egg.
Georgia also has an amazing selection of local wines, very reasonably priced and always poured very generously!
After filling up on a late lunch, we continued strolling through the city, stopping at one of the tour agencies to book our trip for the next day.
Almost every street corner has these delicacies hanging up for sale – known locally as “Georgian snickers”, they are walnuts covered in grape molasses. We had to give them a try, and although they taste absolutely nothing like snickers, they weren’t bad!
Emma had read about the sulphur baths in Tbilisi, which locals and tourists alike visit for a soak, scrub and traditional massage. Sadly we ran out of time the first evening as most were already fully booked, although they did seem to be open fairly late.
You can see the domed roofs which characterise the sulphur baths.
We stopped off at a pretty little bar to watch the last of the sunset, before deciding to head back to the hotel ready for an early start the next morning.
Stay tuned to see what Emma and I got up to!