- What’s On
Tbilisi (Tiflis) on the Kura River is the still romantic capital of Georgia. Down by Black Sea is steamy subtropical Batumi, and then there are the vineyards, the spectacular mountains and the stunning citadel of Ananur.
It is not hard to imagine Tbilisi in Lermontov’s days. A pretty, mountain-fast city, with great and surprising treasures concealed in its dusty archaeological museum. There are spectacular drives in all directions. For a complete change of air, take the highway down to almost Carribean Batumi. In ‘Georgia on my Mind’ (Cornucopia 28) Min Hogg writes: ‘Tantalising cobbled streets rise away from the River Meekhi, with wooden houses in pinks, greens, yellows and blues, all beautifully peeling, and with deep, colonnaded verandahs and lacy wooden canopies shaded by vines and wisterias… The two-edged sword of restoration is yet to come.’
Turkish Airlines flies to Batumi and to Tbilisi.