Day 45 (1): Suddenly it all makes sense
Manglisi Travel Blog› entry 66 of 260 › view all entries
May 20th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
People I met here and/or travelled with: Jack (Netherlands)
After a very comfortable night sleep I rolled out of bed to find a delicious breakfast waiting for me. There is a supermarket which sells some Dutch groceries nearby and Jack had bought some genuine Calvé peanut butter (mét stukjes noot!). Well, should I ever suffer from home sickness this is a great way to overcome it.
Jack is having a summer house built in the nearby town of Manglisi and he wanted to show the place to me. The drive to Manglisi was an hour through some stunning scenery. It is amazing just how green this country is. Everything is so fertile here, any piece of land that is not used for agriculture is covered with grass and trees. Quite a difference from the barren landscape of Armenia.
To be totally honest, I couldn't quite see what Jack was doing in Georgia.
Well, upon seeing his summer house and its surroundings it all made sense. With a relatively mild land climate and house prices being only a fraction of the costs in Europe and maybe this isn't such a bad place after all. The landscape of Manglisi could just as well have been somewhere in Southern France. I could see myself watch a sunset here from the roof terrace while sipping on some Georgian wine.
So while I didn't particularly like Tbilisi, just outside of the capital life can indeed be very good.
The town of Manglisi is a typical seasonal town. Many people from Tbilisi have a summer house here and in summer the population quadruples. The town itself is not overly interesting, but it has a very attractive old church (what else) at the edge of town.
We paid the church a quick visit before we headed back to Tbilisi where we were meeting up with Lika.
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