This is part 2 of my Georgia trip report, feel free to check out my first part of the trip:
[Trip Report] Snow Wonderland – Georgia. 格鲁吉亚 – 此地景美人温情 (Part 1)
Itinerary: Kutaisi -(train)- Tbilisi – Kazbegi/Stepantsminda – Tbilisi
I took a train from Kutaisi station to Georgian capital Tbilisi. Compared to the train, mini buses called marshrutkas are more popular as they are more regular the the trains. I’m a big train lover and I was not really in a hurry, so I chose the slower but more comfortable train. The train station in Kutaisi was super small and simple, there were two ladies selling some drinks and snacks, that’s it.
The views along the train ride was absolutely stunning, a snowy white wonderland. I think it’s comparable to the famous Moscow-Beijing trans-siberian express train, except the ride was much shorter.
Tbilisi is a much bigger city compared to Kutaisi. It gives me a feeling of some Eastern European cities, such as Riga. When I arrived, it was already evening, I dropped my luggage in a locker office in the station, then went crash a night somewhere near the station. The next day was exciting because I was going to see the famous Gergeti Trinity Church.
The next day, I caught a marshrutka in the central bus station. It was not that easy to find it. After a bit of hassle looking for it, I happily took the very last seat, which ensured the marshrutka to leave very soon as it got full. The 3-hour ride to the mountain was breathtaking. I grew up in South China and even now I live in Belgium, I felt I had never seen so much snow before. Everything is frozen, colorful houses along the frozen lake, idyllic villages everywhere along the way. I absolutely love those little villages with odd houses. On my way I also noticed there’re some nice ski resorts as well, so if you are a fan of ski, Georgia can be the right place for you for a winter trip.
Kazbegi or Stepantsminda is a small town in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of north-eastern Georgia. Mount Kazbek is a very beautiful mountains covered with snow and the views are breathtaking. A must see place if you are in Georgia., can you spot the Gergeti Trinity Church, it’s quite small in the photo, at the left top. Let’s hike to there!
It was not easy to walk in the snow, luckily I was wise enough to bring a snow claw with me.
Here we are, finally! I made it before the sunset. I felt so proud, haha!
More stories and food, to be continued.