The Photo Journal

You've all heard the "a picture is worth a thousand words" trope before. So here's a few hundred-thousand visual essays.

All of the photographs taken are my own, and I try to give a little information about the place, setting, situation, and information about the content. 

Stepantsminda
Stepantsminda

The view from Gergeti Church looking out over Stepantsminda and the mountains of northern Georgia and the Jvari Pass.

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Gergeti Trinity Church
Gergeti Trinity Church

The Holy Trinity Church near Stephantsminda, Georgia. It was built in the 14th century and has some of the original paintings still adorning the walls inside.

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The Jvari Pass
The Jvari Pass

The jagged and brutal mountains of the Jvari Pass, connecting northern Georgia to Vladikavkaz, in the North Ossetia–Alania Republic, in Russia.

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The Georgia-Russian Border
The Georgia-Russian Border

The border crossing complex in Jvari pass between Georgia and Russia. This route is Armenia's only land cargo route to Russia via Georgia.

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Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument
Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument

A monument built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and a union between Soviet Russia and at-the-time Soviet Georgia.

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Travertine Deposits near Gudauri
Travertine Deposits near Gudauri

Terrestrial Travertine limestone deposited around mineral springs in the mountain pass north of Gudauri, northern Georgia.

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Medieval Artwork in Vardzia
Medieval Artwork in Vardzia

Artwork depicting saints and Georgian heroes in the monastery in the caves of Vardzia, southern Georgia.

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Castle Citadel
Castle Citadel

The citadel at the castle in Akhaltsikhe, southern Georgia. The castle has seen sieges from the Persians, Ottomans, Russians, and others since its construction in 9th century.

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Ancient grave inscriptions
Ancient grave inscriptions

A bird with a sun are inscribed on an ancient grave stone in the mountainous region of Tusheti, Georgia. The inscription is pre-Christian, so before 300AD in Georgia.

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Georgian Cheese
Georgian Cheese

Georgian Gouda cheese finishing inside sheepskin sacks that have ben specially sheared and turned inside out to finish the cheesemaking process

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Vardzia
Vardzia

The Vardzia cave complex is an ancient Georgian monastery and habitation complex that dates back to the 1100s AD, but had evidence of residence since the Bronze Age

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Parliament
Parliament
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Artisan Market in Tbilisi
Artisan Market in Tbilisi

The Artisan market hosts many locally made crafts and artists products each Spring

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Telavi Church
Telavi Church

The ancient church and watch tower in the citadel of Telavi. The tower provides an incredible view of the surrounding area.

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Road to Bakuriani
Road to Bakuriani

The snowy road leading to the mountain village of Bakuriani. The town is known for its amazing skiing slopes.

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Georgian Street Food
Georgian Street Food

A typical Georgian street food bakery. You can see the fresh baked foods in the window trays. These are typically khachapuri and lobiani, among others.

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King Erekle II home
King Erekle II home

The entrance to the king's home, with the interior still furnished with many period pieces. Note the Persian influence in the architecture.

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Entrance to Telavi Castle
Entrance to Telavi Castle

The entrance to the citadel in Telavi, Georgia. Inside is a museum, old church, and the kings old house.

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Borjomi
Borjomi

Downtown Borjomi, near the famous beverage company

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Salt Lake
Salt Lake

A large salt lake in the southeast of Georgia. Interesting to see.

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Davit Gareji Monastery
Davit Gareji Monastery

An ancient monastery near the Georgia-Azerbaijan border that has been in operation for almost 2,000 years and still functions as a holy site today.

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Napoleon
Napoleon

The addition to my household. Behold, Emperor Napoleon de Tbilisi! At the time of this photo, he's about a month old.

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Kutaisi
Kutaisi

The city of Kutaisi, looking north with the Caucasus mountains in the background.

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Campfire at the protestors camp
Campfire at the protestors camp

Night gathering around the campfire at the protestors camp near the village of Gumati, outside of Kutaisi. Telling stories and sharing traditional poems.

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Medieval Georgian Armor
Medieval Georgian Armor

A sampling of Georgian armor. While somewhat conventional looking, the discerning eye will see some of the Persian influences in the styles and construction.

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Old Mtskheta
Old Mtskheta

A photograph of the ancient capital city of Mtskheta from some time in the late 19th Century.

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Khinkali!
Khinkali!

The famous Georgian comfort food, Khinkali. These ones have the cheese mixture in them.

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Mestia Panarama
Mestia Panarama

A panoramic view of the town of Mestia and the mountains surrounding it, from the top of the local museum.

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St. Metekhi the Virgin Church
St. Metekhi the Virgin Church

The church, from the 6th century, and the statue of Vakhtang Gorgansali, erected in 1967, was one of the proposed founders of the City of Tbilisi.

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Narikala Fortress
Narikala Fortress

View from Narikala fortress over the European Park in downtown Tbilisi.

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