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This is the Kalantarov's house from the early 20th century. The exact address is 27 Lado Asatiani Street , in the Sololaki district, just under Sololaki mountain where Narikhala stands. The closest underground station is Tavisuplebis Moedani. It was designed by architect K.A. Sarkisyan and built in 1908 for Michail Kalantarov, a rich merchant living in ...


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No problems at all. The two countries are friends especially due to the pipeline bringing oil from Azerbaijan to Turkey via Georgia. Nationals of either country can visit the other without visas. Border crossings There are two active border crossings and I believe one inactive one. The main one is on the Black Sea coast and is very busy and has been ...


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If you know Russian, use it. Despite the political situation, Georgians are smart and open minded. They may not like the Russian government but they love Russian people and they love the Russian language. I'm pretty convinced after seven months in Georgia that people learn Russian there for just the same reason foreigners everywhere learn English: it's cool ...


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Georgia’s Reforms Associates website called FactCheck researched this very topic in 2014: Conclusion Our research has established that in Georgia certain professions have nationality restrictions due to national and public interests. In order to bring in a verdict, we must also take international experience into consideration. Both strict and ...


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It's tough to make one general blanket statement about the water and sanitation system for an entire country with it being accurate everywhere in the country. Plugging in some places I've traveled gives similar results to what you and Jonik have noted...while it's not bad overall, it's not very precise, like for example, in Costa Rica, our travel guides said ...


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As a general rule when travelling, I've always been surprised by how helpful pharmacists are. They often speak quite a bit of English In many countries they have the authority to provide certain prescription drugs otherwise available only from doctors They often are surprisingly good at telling you what the local equivalent is for an American medication, ...


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Good thing you ask, because I searched for it before going to the Caucasus last year and couldn't find much. Fortunately, I have the answer to your question. I did Tbilisi–Yerevan back and forth by minibus/marshrutka. Minibuses are great, I recommend them. They're quite fast, cheap, and it's how the locals do it. Plus, the scenery between the two cities, ...


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There is single point to cross border between Georgia and Russia: Verchniy Lars. It is open for the cars since March 1, 2010. Note that you have to get the Georgian and Russian visas to cross the border. You can't cross the Georgian border from South Ossetia or Abkhazia territories! It is criminal in the Georgia, and you can get problems there. Update: ...


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Not at all. I lived in Georgia from November 2011 to May 2012 and there were lots of people visiting from nearby Muslim and Arab countries. In fact Georgia seemed one of the easiest countries to travel to for various Muslim and Arab countries going by conversations I had with people I met while working there in a backpacker hostel. I think in terms of ...


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The situation is very complicated. Georgia says that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgian territories, and you can go there from Georgia by this border crossing: to Abkhazia from Zugdidi - my friends from Germany made such trip this year. But they say that they got some local help for the border-crossing, because Abkhazia trying to close the border to ...


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Typically there is very little amount of snow in Tbilisi which usually melts in a day or two in most parts of the city but it can also pile up and go icy (in 2008 we had snow for about three weeks). Wind and rain is more common. I'm not sure what you mean by 'special winter clothes' but a sweater and a coat should be enough most of the time. You will also ...


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Take the train to Makhinjauri (also transcribed Makhindjauri) - that's the closest passenger station to Batumi. (Though you can just as well ask for a ticket to Batumi.) There's currently one night train every day, which departs Tbilisi at 22.45 and arrives at 7.25 (the one from Batumi to Tbilisi leaves at 22:25). So the travel time is 8h 40min. The train ...


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Even if Iran's neighbouring countries have good relations with Iran, the question is whether the banking system in the neighbouring countries is liable to the sanctions. Cash withdrawals through ATMs between different banks are handled through interbank networks, many of which exist as standalone networks within a country (as the Wikipedia article linked ...


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When I stayed in Tbilisi a few years ago I met quite a few people from African countries and Americans of African descent. In the circles I moved in they were all accepted 100% the same as the people of other skin colours in Georgia. Now my circle was the kind of people that owned and ran backpacker hostels and student bars, so might not be representative. ...


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I'm a big fan of Georgia, having visited twice and lived there for seven months the last time, yet I had not heard of this place. It's not "Saltona" but "Tskaltubo", "Tsqaltubo", or "Tskhaltubo" (Georgian: წყალტუბო, Russian: Цхалтубо). It's the name of a town and a spa resort in Imereti province in the south-west of the country. It's less than 20km to the ...


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When I was in Borjomi last month, I met a couple who had hired a taxi to go from Akhaltsikhe to Batumi via the mountain road. Unfortunately I cannot remember how much they paid, but it is certainly realistic to do so. They got the tourist office in Borjomi to find the taxi for them; you can probably do the same at the Batumi tourist office. It is no more ...


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The only legal way to enter Abkhazia is from the territory of Zugdidi Municipality. There is no other way! Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states, that in all other cases you will inevitably violate the law and fall under criminal responsibility by Georgian laws.


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According to Lonely Planet: Georgia’s currency is the lari (GEL). It has been fairly stable since it was introduced in 1995. One lari is divided into 100 tetri. Banknotes come in denominations of one, two, five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 lari; coins run from one tetri to two lari. ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and ...


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A Dutch friend of mine just took this ferry in the Georgia→Ukraine direction so I asked him for some details: Company name: UkrFerry Ship name: Greifswald Quoted boarding time in Batumi: 10pm Actual departure time from Batumi: ~ 8am Quoted duration of trip: 60 hours Actual duration of trip: ~ 55 hours Price: USD $170 for a bed in a 2-bed cabin There were ...


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The situation is very complicated. Georgia says that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgian territories, and you can go there from Georgia by this border crossing: to South Ossetia from Gori - my friends from Germany made a trip this year. If you get into these territories not by these points, you would get problems (fee from $1200 or jail up to 5 years!) ...


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I have an updated answer to this question as of today the 12th of April 2012. A Polish traveller at my hostel in Tbilisi tells me that foreigners from various countries are now being allowed to cross the Georgia/Russia border in both directions at Verchniy Lars. Apparently a Russian law or rule or regulation was recently repealed and there had not been a ...


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It seems that night & day decongestant packs are not known everywhere. I took a friend with fluent English and Russian to the pharmacy to help me. We tried all sorts of key words like "night and day", "blue and white tablets" but were not understood. We tried trade names like Codral, Sudafed, and Actifed, but they didn't even register. We tried ...


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Very good info. Some points to add: I recently crossed at both Sarpi and Türkgözü customs. Sarpi customs are open 24 hours, Vale-Türkgözü just from 9 am to 8 pm. The road from Ardahan still takes some time as you need to cross a high mountain pass, so don't start too late. On both sides of Türkgözü crossing there are good asphalt roads. We didn't manage to ...


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Several Instagram accounts use this picture (you can do a reverse image search on Google) but I found none that indicates a precise location other than Tblisi Old Town. A russian-language site geo-locates the picture here, but I can not verify that. The translation of the description reads: Several buildings from XIX-XX centuries have been preserved in ...


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From http://www.ferrylines.com/en/ferries/ferries-in-the-black-sea/ it would seem to be NO, but it does indicate you could travel to Bulgaria. Aussies don't need a visa for Bulgaria, so you could then take a train up to Bucharest from within Bulgaria. Bucharest to Istanbul is 16 hours, so from Bulgaria wouldn't be a long trip.


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Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia, Russian Federation Interests Section is issuing the Russian visas in Tbilisi, but not the touristic ones, unfortunately. So you must apply for a visa in Australia.


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I am Georgian and simply we love tourists, anyone outside our country who wants to visit anything related to Georgia we appreciate it alot. This country is very hiddend from the media and only shown wars back when there was Stalin and most people think its part of Russia. Hospitality is a massive thing in Georgia, if you were black ,green or any colour ...


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I had this problem in Batumi some years ago, except I think we were looking for somewhere around 7am-8am (I don't remember why, I think we needed to take an early mashrutka somewhere). Batumi is definitely not a "mornings" sort of town. If you want a coffee at midnight though, you're spoiled for choice! After lots of walking around, we found somewhere ...


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You can also get a visa in Transnistria, which might be an interesting place to visit for you as you seem to be keen on countries with legal definition problems. The Wikipedia article seems not to be totally up-to-date with that information as it says there are only 2 embassies abroad (Russia and Venezuela). Although I must admit that I didn t see it myself ...


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