Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Georgia: From Akhaltsikhe to Batumi

A long but interesting and scenic drive today, from Akhaltsikhe in the interior of southern Georgia, over the mountains to Batumi, Georgia's main port on the coast of the Black Sea.

Many cattle grazed in the mountains.

The weather got very foggy as we ascended.

Once over the mountains, we visited the ancient ruins of Gonio-Apsaros,
connected to the legends of Jason and Medea.

Having reached our hotel in Bakumi, we wandered over to the walkway along the Black Sea port. 
The beach is very stony along this section of the coast.

This sculpture, the "Alphabet Tower", celebrates the Georgian alphabet.

Statues of the lovers Ali and Nino

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