“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
It was my lovely blogging sister Janet@THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING that sent me over to Norm and his fantastic Doors.
and … here I’m
So now down to business … doors!
When I spend Christmas in Krakow a couple of years CNN showed a 60-second travel dairy from Tbilisi in Georgia. I know before the section was finished I knew that I just needed to go there so soon as possible. And 6 weeks later l had everything booked; hotel & flight for Christmas 2018. In Tbilisi the adventure found me!!!
… and I met some doors.
Tbilisi Old Town (Dzveli Tbilisi) – Sitting at the foot of the imposing hill capped by the Narikala Fortress and climbing the slopes, a labyrinth of narrow streets where wooden balconies look down from old brick-build homes. Doorways lead to hidden courtyards and ancient vines climb to the skies using anything vertical for support.
The style is a mix of two influences, the tight winding streets of an Asian or Arabic town interwoven with European, classical Russian and Art Nouveau architecture. The northern edge is the recently renovated Abanotubani area, famous for its Sulphur Baths and Meidani square with its many restaurants.
Parts have been comprehensively renovated, arguably a little too enthusiastically, so that some streets look like a Disney film set, though far more of these twisting alleys are untouched. They are ramshackle, cracked and crumbling but delightful, enchanting, picturesque and real.
“When a door closes another door should open,
but if it doesn’t then go in through the window.”
Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater- opened in 1981, THE GABRIADZE. Theatre has become a much-loved part of Tbilisi’s cultural scene. It’s a small space with only 80 seats, but the puppets here don’t mess around, acting out high-brow dramas such as “The Autumn of Our Springtime” and “The Battle of Stalingrad.”
Gabriadze and his puppets have gained international attention, they have gone on tour: to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Theater de la Ville in Paris, Spain and Bogota, Toronto and London, Washington and Moscow. Few puppets have travelled so well.
The cradle of winemaking was in Georgia – they have been making wine for over 8000 years, say no more.
But I just to have to mention their vodka. Chacha – from 100%’s grapes, strong alcoholic beverage distilled from the residue of pulp after wine fermentation and stored on oak barrels. This seriously good and strong (70%), I needed a lot of tonic with mine.
I was supposed to be back in Tbilisi over Easter this year .. and I was supposed to be there in 2 weeks time, but now I’m planning to be there in a years time. Can’t wait to get back.
And in the evening on my return home from Tbilisi … this happened to our entrance door! A bomb!!!
“A very little key will open a very heavy door.”