The Davidov Family

We were invited to stay by this  incredibly enthusiastic and generous family in their house just outside of Seki. We were really made to feel part of the family and joined them for all their meals, drank copious cups of tea, posed for  photos and played frisbee together in the garden. Advertisements

Georgian wine

As it was likely to be our last night in Georgia we all had the same thing in mind: to find some Georgian wine.  We stumbled upon The Twins Wine Cellar for a free wine tasting and took away a 6L bottle of wine.

Tbilisi

For our fleeting visit to Tbilisi,  we stayed with the lovely Louisa in her apartment high on the hill overlooking the city.  We met at Moda Moda and had a chance to sample some delicious local cuisine at Passanauri. We had the morning to explore the winding streets and churches of the old town,  and…

And then there were 7

We met 5 fellow cycle tourers in the rather salubriously named Hostel Romantik in Tbilisi (at £3 a night with free food and wine, it’s hard to be too critical). We all had the same route in mind, so agreed to meet up the following morning to set off through the busy streets of Tbilisi…

Cave Town

The 2000 year old caves in Uplistsikhe. As impressive as it is unpronounceable.

Borjomi

One of the most prolific mineral water brands in Eastern Europe is called Borjomi (we’d never heard of it). And on this day, we visited the eponymous town. Essentially a tourist resort, the town has a park in which you can bottle unlimited untreated Borjomi directly from the spring (once you’ve paid the 30p entrance…

Good company

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been cycling with a couple of fellow cycle tourers, Priit and Ulvi, from Estonia. It has been great to share the experience with like-minded people, and learn a thing or two from their easy going nature to slow down a bit and live in the moment.

We Apologise For The Inconvenience

After a brief visit to Batumi, we headed up the Goderzhi pass towards Akhaltsikhe. Marked as one of the main roads across Georgia, we assumed it would be well paved the whole way. It was not. The scenery and hospitality of the local people more than made up for the state of the road, however. …

D010 aka The Turkish Black Sea Coast

Our route through Turkey in Asia was almost entirely on the coastal road (the D010). The first half from Istanbul for about a week was very hilly with very steep climbs and descents. Our average speed for this section was about 8km/hr and we couldn’t go much further than 60km in a day. It was,…