As in all times of transformation Georgians visit two traditional places to renew their strength: the beautiful, colored frescoes, icons of their Orthodox Churches, and the Georgian table.
Meanwhile Pat O'Hara, an American nature photographer, will head off for the protected areas of Eastern Georgia, with my fellow writer Eleanor O'Hanlon. I hope to keep an eye and an ear on their journeys as well, as we share this technology to "reveal" Georgia to you.
As I write my companion in this investigation, photographer Denise Rocco is on her first trip to Georgia to record vital first impressions of Tbilisi. She asked for recommendations of places to visit, and my list runs something like this:
1) Climb up to the Narikala Fortress (4th century, the time of Tbilisi's creation). Look down over the Old Town. Tell yourself almost nothing you see, with the exception of this fortress and the Old Town walls, was left standing after the last Persian invasion of at the end of the 18th century. That after this event Georgia began to forge its strong link with its northern neighbor, Orthodox Russia its greatest ally and foe up to today.