Asia

From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travelers for centuries.

KUTAISI (ქუთაისი)

To our surprise, the weather luckily changed, and we got a lovely sunny afternoon in Kutaisi, a city in west-central Georgia. It lies along the Rioni River, where the latter emerges from the Caucasian foothills into a lowland. One of the oldest cities of Transcaucasia, it served at...

MOTSAMETA (მოწამეთა)

Not far from Gelati Monastery, little Motsameta Monastery sits on a spectacular clifftop promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River. The river’s name, ‘Red Water,’ derives from an 8th-century Arab massacre. Among the victims were the brothers’ Davit and...

GELATI (გელათის)

Today we visited the monastery complex (unfortunately under restoration) on a wooded hillside 8km northeast of Kutaisi. It is an outstanding example of Golden Age architecture and one of Georgia’s most influential churches. Gelati was a cultural hub of Georgia’s medieval...

OKATSE CANYON (ოკაცეს კანიონი)

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at the exciting 700m-long walkway project. It starts at the edge of the 100m-deep Okatse canyon and culminates in a viewing platform that hangs right out over the middle of the canyon. It’s a 2.5km hike from the visitors center (🎫17,25 GEL) near...