So on with some photos- by the way the public art in Tbilisi is excellent and ubiquitous. And there was public art in many of the smaller places we visited as well.
no it's not a roller coaster- it is some kind of art installation that has multiple flags flying from it's skeletal structure (meaning was not explained LOL)
the architecture was reminiscent of Turkey (nearby neighbor on the Black Sea and to the south and west of the country - a map to remind us of where we are-
Other things seem European- this is undoubtedly due to the fact that it was crossroads between Europe and Asia for centuries -
while on the trip I read the Michael Chabon book "Gentlemen of the Road" which is an ancient tale of two less than reputable men who live by their wits in the region we were now traveling in- a fun thing....
Georgia has its own alphabet but most signs had Latin/Roman letters as well-
I found the alphabet lovely and artistic but less easy to follow than say Cyrillic...
more sights along the way- we stopped at churches and baths and a bakery ...
many cafes with outdoor tables
and wine bars everywhere!
a very old church-
and another church-
back on the street-
art for sale along some of the walled lanes-
the old baths area -
inside a modernized bath - still used - times for men and women vary-
a local treat nuts dipped repeatedly in grape juice that becomes more like fruit leather - then these are sliced and eaten as a "candy" treat - we saw them everywhere and they always had them at the breakfast buffets-
will end this at this point as the post has gotten long and we are still hours before lunch - LOL.. part two of Old Town and day one of touring will follow - stay tuned!