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#1 Bonehead

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:01 AM

Tartan Army!

 

Sunday was the dream draw for me. I'm a Scot living in Tbilisi, and have done since 2010. I wasn't here for the 2007 humbling but the Georgians still remind me about it regularly. I'm looking forward to settling that score!

 

Anyway, I know there are several other tempting and more easily accessible trips in this group AND it's also over 18 months until we play here in Tbilisi. BUT, if anyone has any questions at all about travelling to Georgia, about where to go/stay in Tbilisi, or indeed about the Georgian team itself I'll be happy to help.

 

You can fire me a tweet @tbilisidon too, as im on there more than here but that may change as Euro Qualifiers approach.

 

Cheers

 

Al



#2 SY Cove

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:10 AM

Hello

 

I posted on another thread that I was there in 2007, I think it’s the best Scotland away trip I’ve been on, this one was completely different to the previous trips I had been on, it was just myself and another mate that travelled to Georgia, at the time of booking the flights we had a choice to make, France or Georgia, we chose Georgia, we went for a week and had a fantastic time, the people who owned and worked in the hotel we stayed in were superb, we were treated like family, they organized a couple of day trips for us which were superb, the places we visited were David Gareja Monastery and the ancient city of Mtskheta

 

Still keep in touch with some of the people we met now and again, will have to make contact with them soon

 

We found the Georgian people to be very hospitable whether it was in restaurants or bars, there was a couple of times we were kilted up, walking past shops people asked us why we were in Tbilisi and wanted to ask us if we were having a good time

 

Whats Tbilisi like for nightlife these days?

 

We arrived on a Saturday morning early doors from Vienna, 4am I think, this was the Saturday Scotland beat Ukraine 3-1 at Hampden, the nightlife was good at the weekend but through the week it was hard to find places open, is it still the case?

 

Went to a club on the Saturday night called Night Office, is that still there?

 

Hangar Bar was our starting point of a day then we took it from there

 

Really loved the food and wine in Georgia

 

I really hope I can go back

 

Cheers



#3 Bonehead

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:25 AM

SY Cove, great to hear that you hold that trip in such high regard. That's also how I've found it living here. Very warm and hospitable people.

 

The food and wine are also magnificent and still ridiculously cheap. Also nice to hear you went to Mtskheta. I got married there last year so it's a very dear place to me. A very significant holy place too so the sight of so many kilted Scots up there shocked a few of the Orthodox punters!

 

We are expecting our first baby very soon so I am not the source I once was on nightlife. However, I do know several excellent bars that will open until the last person leaves. For nightclubs it's not brilliant, and that's a scene I have long since departed. But there's a place called Gallery on the main drag (Rustaveli) which is usually jumping at the weekends and not the total rip-off that you'll find down the old town.

 

Hangar is still going and that will be mobbed. For long sessions, something the Georgians specialise in, it's usually 24-hour restaurants (of which there are loads) that you'd go to. Also, during summer the beer parks are a must - 60p a beer.

 

The place is generally more geared up to tourists now, compared to when you were here.

 

I'll be posting an extensive list of where to go/where not to go in the lead up to the game.



#4 SY Cove

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:48 AM

Excellent, congratulations on your baby

 

Thats some place to get married, was it in the big church up on the hill you got married in??

 

Did you wear the Traditional Georgian Dress or a kilt??

 

When we were visiting that church there was also a Georgian wedding taking place, we were kilted that day, we got a few funny looks!

 

Long sessions that involve drink, correct me if I’m wrong are these called Supra???

 

That day after the trip to Mtskheta we stopped off in a wee village on the way back to Tbilisi, we stayed in a restaurant there for about 5 hours, we had some feast of food, a little bit of wine and 5 bottles of vodka between 5 of us, Nemiroff Vodka, the best vodka I’ve ever tried, so smooth going down, drank in wee shot glasses of course, over the course of the evening there was various toasts made, mainly to friends, family, dead people etc. that was a fantastic evening there and of course we carried on when we got back to Tbilisi

 

Happy memories!

 

Will look forward to hearing your recommendations of where to go



#5 Flora MaDonald

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:11 AM

What are the burds like? Baltic standards?



#6 SY Cove

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:15 AM

Bit of a mix I thought, some light skinned, some olive skinned, some nice burds, they were a good laugh



#7 Bonehead

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

I am biased having married one of them, but the burds are world class. Will be hot when Scotland are here (first game I went to here was v Israel in early Sept 2010 and it was 30 degrees at 9 at night) which means plenty of flesh on show!

 

SY Cove, thanks. That supra (correct!) tale reminds me of so many days and nights here. Sounds like you got a proper taste of the place and hope you can return.

 

We got married at a wedding house in Tbilisi then went to a massive restaurant in Mtskheta, stopping at Jvari monastery (the big church on the hill - nae the pub in Shawlands!) on the way for photos. There was a good number of friends/family out for it but I think I might have even more coming out for Scotland game! Shows you where the priorities lie!



#8 SY Cove

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:25 PM

I remember when we were there it was October, the temperature through the day was nice but it got chilly in the evenings, be good to be there when its warm

 

Ahhh yes the Supra, the head of the Supra is the Tamada!

 

Our Tamada was the owner of the hotel we stayed in, lovely guy, his daughter got married a couple of years after, my mate and I got asked to go over for the wedding, would have brilliant but neither of us could make it due to work commitments

 

Again going back to the people in Tbilisi I really thought they were spot on, before we went there was talk of getting robbed/kidnapped etc…….. Rubbish!

 

The night we were in that Night Office club my mate did the old blootered vanishing act, I was walking round the club in circles looking for him, eventually a table of Georgian’s spotted me and asked me to join them, I had a couple of drinks with them and realized I was running out of money so I decided to call it a night, when I went outside I jumped in a taxi and asked the guy to go to a bank, I remember been up at the bank machine and hearing the car door slamming, I remember thinking

 

“Am I going to get robbed here”

 

Thankfully when I turned round the taxi driver was standing with his back to me, arms folded surveying the surrounding area!

 

The first couple of nights when we arrived there was a mix up with our hotel, overbooked, so they organized for us to stay in a wee guest house in an area called Saburtalo??

 

When I say it was a guest house it was but it was located at the top of a big tenement style building, I had some job trying to find the address with the taxi driver that night, I’m sure he had to phone the owner for directions  at 5 in the morning!



#9 kumnio

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:43 PM

My favourite trip ever was Tbilisi, absolutely loved it last time.

 

Locals were brilliant, lovely city, great place to visit. Cant wait to go back.


Let 2014 be the start of a better Scotland.


#10 spuddy

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:06 PM

Was speaking to Helik after 5's last night about the games and he was telling me you were out there. I'm undecided about this one but he said you absolutely love it so I might reconsider this trip. 



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:58 PM

My favourite trip ever was Tbilisi, absolutely loved it last time.

 

Locals were brilliant, lovely city, great place to visit. Cant wait to go back.

I totally agree with this especially the people. I even spent the afternoon in a bar in the company of a member of the Georgian parliament. I sent him a wee message about the draw and he is looking forward to us coming back.  I went back September 2012 and stayed with someone I had met in in 2007. I noticed a few new buildings have popped up since my first visit. There is also a cable car going up to the mountains at the back of Tbilisi that I dont remember being there previously.  I cannae wait to go back again.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:07 AM

have they filled the potholes and uneven pavements on the main street that caused me problems , great place



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:18 AM

Heard nothing but good things about the place, really looking forward to it!!

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 06:52 AM

I totally agree with this especially the people. I even spent the afternoon in a bar in the company of a member of the Georgian parliament. I sent him a wee message about the draw and he is looking forward to us coming back.  I went back September 2012 and stayed with someone I had met in in 2007. I noticed a few new buildings have popped up since my first visit. There is also a cable car going up to the mountains at the back of Tbilisi that I dont remember being there previously.  I cannae wait to go back again.

The cable car was up and running ,It is just down the road from the ground where we had to pick tickets up from Had a shot on it up to a derelict park that had been let to go to ruin when the ruskies left.  



#15 Bonehead

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:09 AM

I think you might be confusing the cable car with the funicular.

 

Both are new, and working well. The cable car goes up to the narikala fortress (the big spectacular lit up one that dominates the old town skyline). Saves you an almost 45 degree angle walk!

 

The funicular goes up to the park that scottcross mentioned. Good views on way up and a decent thing to do during day as you work through the hangover. Mtatsminda park, as its known, is a slightly weird place but kids love it. There's also a new restaurant up there which is supposed to be excellent but haven't been yet.

 

One thing that probably hasn't changed since 2007 is the mental driving, although there is now a universally observed law on seatbelts. Only for front seat mind, you'll regularly see kids running along the back seat with not a toss given by parents.