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17 February 2012 / leggypeggy

At home in Tbilisi

The walking tour I mentioned earlier gave us a wonderful chance to stroll past some of the old homes of Tbilisi—from the ramshackle to the elegant. The countries we visited prior to Georgia have interesting homes too, but Tbilisi was the place where the architecture caught my eye (Vietnam did too, but more about that in another post).

The tour took us up and down back alleys and narrow side streets—places you might not go for fear of getting completely lost.

The obvious and immediate impression was that verandahs, doors and windows are especially popular, and renovations/extensions (probably illegal) are common throughout the city.

In addition to the actual building designs, I liked the paint jobs. All across Western and Central Asia, homes that are painted have normally been done in various shades of green, blue or blue-green. There’s a bit of white, pink and peach thrown in, but blues and greens dominate on homes, fences, doors, sheds, garage doors—you name it.

As we walked along, a very sweet local woman (no English) stopped our guide to ask him about our group. They jabbered away for five minutes and then the guide announced that the woman was insisting that we follow her to her place for a cool drink. It was such a lovely gesture and she did not object to having photos taken inside.

Her flat (apartment) was simple, but comfortable. It was on the ground floor and the fridge welcomed us. It was in the long narrow, concrete entry hall that ran just outside the flat itself. The cool drinks were plastic bottles of frozen water, taken from the fridge’s freezer. A piano had pride of place in the living room, as did a full-ish china cabinet. I’ve included two pics here that show her china cabinet and her all-in-one kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Note the watermelon on the left foreground and the bathtub and pink shower curtain in the left background. I felt so privileged to have been so spontaneously invited into a local home. Definitely a cherished moment.

As an aside, I have not added captions to these photos. They’re all of houses in the centre of Tbilisi.

Don’t forget to pick a number before 29 February 2012.

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  1. Brian Lageose / Jun 3 2016 4:47 pm

    This is one of the things that I love about international travel, running into a local who is gracious and willing to share their culture…

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 3 2016 4:56 pm

      She was such a lovely person and so kind to welcome complete stranger into her home. We feel blessed whenever these things happen.

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