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17 February 2012 / leggypeggy

Tbilisi—a huge construction site

Remembering an earthquake

Earthquakes occur a little too often in Georgia. In fact, the country’s Geophysical Society says that Georgia is one of the most seismically active regions in the Alpine-Himalayan collision belt. In the last decade, the country has had quite a few minor to mid-range earthquakes. Tbilisi, the capital, copped the biggest one in April 2002. It destroyed or caused heavy damage to thousands of homes and other buildings. The destruction is still apparent.

We did a walking tour of Tbilisi and saw lots of places that were still vacant and/or being propped up, and many others under repair. Encouragingly, we also saw a lot of new construction, including a revamp of the Town Hall, where the Tourist Office is located.

On reflection, our search for the Tourist Office took a very long time. There was a sign pointing to an entrance, but no obvious doorway. After quite a long time, we tried our luck around the corner and found a makeshift entrance with a very helpful guard. It was a great find because that’s where we booked our walking tour. It also had free drinking water and air-conditioning, which were very welcome on an extremely hot day.

If you make it to Tbilisi, be sure to pop in to the Tourist Office and book a walking tour. It’s a great way to get an insider’s glimpse of the city.

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

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