The Caucasus

Dined, Wined and Manhandled in Tbilisi

I left Georgia full-bellied, sun kissed and wholeheartedly cleansed. The food, weather and people in and around Tbilisi had treated me most favourably on my long weekend. Georgia is an ancient nation, located in the Caucasus mountains, wedged between Europe and the Middle East. For centuries, Georgia has experienced the peaks and troughs of conflict: long eras of rule and prosperity followed by invasions and occupation. Perhaps scarred by the continual presence of unwanted visitors, Georgians could be forgiven for being a little hostile. However, an ingrained sense of hospitality seeps through this country, from helpful stranger to restaurant host, tour guide to masseur. Read on and you will see what I mean.