Ancient Fortress and Kvevri Making

Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Our first stop today after Brekkie was a large fortress castle/village called Akhaltsikhe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhaltsikhe

Our  tour blurb plus entry ticket.

Our tour blurb plus entry ticket.

Outside the castle

Outside the castle

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Vineyard within the castle

Vineyard within the castle

We meet our guide and it is indicated that there will be a lot of climbing and walking so I opt out of the tour part. The following photos are taken on the tour by Julie so I cannot offer much commentary again. In the mean time I sit on a rock outside the gift shop. The nice lady there offers me a chair which I gratefully accept.

The Group heading off with the guide

The Group heading off with the guide

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Jan and Janet

Jan and Janet

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Eventually, Mariam suggests that the troops are coming soon and I should go into our restaurant. It is a modern place and I order a coke. It is actually quite a long wait until they arrive but all is OK. Lunch time.

Beans in bread

Beans in bread

Fruit. JV loves it

Fruit. JV loves it

The lunch group

The lunch group

We then depart in the bus to go to a Kvevri maker.

This looks promising

This looks promising

The Kvevri maker in action

The Kvevri maker in action

Outside the kiln

Outside the kiln

The kiln is basically a room inside the building. They put in the Kvevri, build a fire and stack bricks to the ceiling to close in the heat. We then go down the road some more before another pub establishment.

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What? Not more food!

What? Not more food!

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Chicken and Pork

Chicken and Pork

Fruit for JV

Fruit for JV

We then drive down the road to a bigger town, Kutaisi, to a large hotel going through a major restoration process.

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Our room

Our room

The ancient back courtyard

The ancient back courtyard

Dinner is in a huge ballroom. The area you see with the table et all is not even a quarter of the room

Dinner is in a huge ballroom. The area you see with the table et all is not even a quarter of the room

Chicken soup

Chicken soup

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Sausages and the spread

Sausages and the spread

Dessert

Dessert

There was a reasonable amount of wine which was good. Off to bed.

About beauperi

Gourmand & Wine Connoisseur.
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One Response to Ancient Fortress and Kvevri Making

  1. selena_moorfield says:

    I love castles!

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