From Kutaisi to Bakuriani
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We are staying in the town of Bakuriani, once the training ground of Winter Olympians for the USSR and now a ski resort. The town recently came to the popular attention after the death of one of its residents, luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, on the first day of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
After starting the day in Kutaisi we visited three Georgian churches. The first was Bagrati Cathedral, built in 1003 CE and now undergoing extensive repairs. The second was Motsameta, a small church on a cliff side celebrating the bad decision of two Christian brothers to face death by torture rather than convert to Islam (presumably it didn’t occur to them that they could just lie). The third was the complex of Gelati, founded in 1106 by King David (called “the Builder”) and full of 12th century faded frescos over the walls and ceiling.
On the drive to Bakuriani we stopped off at a small village that specialised in pottery. In a small house surrounded by cows and dozens of small chicks running around we watched a local potter craft piggy banks and vases, before unsuccessfully attempting the same.