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Follow Pat O'Hara's search for the perfect moment in the national parks of the Eastern Caucasus. Eleanor O'Hanlon reports, with photos by Russell Sparkman.

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Georgia veteran Peter Nasmyth returns to guide us into the history and heritage of the region. Denise Rocco captures it all in digital images.

April 29:
In Ancient Groves

April 28:
Batumi and Beyond

April 26:
Fly Tusheti Air

April 25:
An Image of Eden

April 24:
The Road of Friendship

April 22:
Patriarch of the Forest

April 21:
Monastery in the Desert

April 20:
Vashlovani Reserve

April 19:
The Living Pillar

April 18:
Preparing for the Journey

April 17:
Georgian Table

April 12:
Tbilisi Overview

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From: Peter Nasmyth
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: April 17, 2000

The Georgian Table

What is the first sign you've arrived in Georgia? In our case it's when Michael Zilber answers the door to a woman holding a petrol can. It's for our generator, he assumes. An hour later Denise Rocco unscrews the cap to top off our back-up power supply and detects an odd smell. She stops just in time before filling the generator tank with delicious, home pressed Sameba wine. A gift from our landlady, 20 liters worth. She wants us to feel at home. Most families in Georgia like to produce their own wine, and standards are high.

In its Soviet period (1921-1990) Georgia boasted over 100 brands of wine, not to mention brandy and champagne. Today that wine is still being produced, though not as much is being exported -- where it all ends up is at the Georgian table. Walking up a hill in Tbilisi's Vake district toward our inaugural "supra" -- a feast with the table-cloth literally "covered" with food -- one senses again all the strands of Georgian culture pulling together towards its center.

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SLIDESHOW: Supra
 
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Wine Sellers at the Didube Market


A toast from the table (44 sec.)
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Filling of the Wine Pitcher For the Supra
 
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