1. Georgia is not in the States
“The leafy boulevards of the Georgian capital Tbilisi look like Paris, and the English-speaking young hipsters wouldn’t look out of place in Berlin.” But take a look at a map and you’ll find the former Soviet republic at the feet of Caucasus Mountains, putting Georgia firmly in Asia. However Other definitions place the whole Caucasus region, including Georgia, in Europe which is where most Georgians feel it belongs.
2. Life in the Clouds
What’s the highest mountain range in Europe? The Alps? Wrong. It is the Caucasus Mountains marking the border between Georgia and Russia. Village Ushguli under the protection of UNESCO is recognized as the highest settlement in Europe, set at altitudes between 2,086 and 2,200 metres above sea level. Symbolically, this highest settlement is guarded by Mt. Shkhara (5,200 metres) the highest point in Georgia. The region is remarkable by its stunning landscapes, indigenous traditions and authentic cuisine.
3. Georgians speak Georgian
Spoken Georgian is like no other language you are likely to hear. It belongs to its own ancient linguistic group unlike any other language spoken outside the region or anywhere else. It includes rare sounds that many visitors may never have heard before. Georgian has its own 33-letter alphabet, believed to be one of the 14 independent alphabets in the world. It’s also third most aesthetically attractive writings – look at those elegant letters combined with a child-like simplicity expressed in rounded curves.
4. The Second Religion is Food&Wine
It is perfect place for wine lovers and foodies. Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world with continuous wine making tradition using clay vessels buried under ground, named Qvevri. The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus house the source of the world’s cultivated grapevines and wine production from over 8,000 years ago. These days there are over 500 species of grape varieties in Georgia, a greater diversity than anywhere else in the world. Due to the many millennia of wine in Georgian history the traditions of its viticulture are entwined and inseparable with the country’s national identity.
5. Georgians are Friendly Bunch
Cheerful and friendly locals believe that every guest is the gift from God. Thus it is not surprising that every visitor feels like a real member in a Georgian house. It’s a happy place and it’s a safe place. So if you are brave enough to discover the freedom of exploring a new place on your own terms, take a plunge and travel solo in Georgia. You will be amazed how you adapt and grow as you face each day on the road in the country, where you do not understand the language nor the alphabet.