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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Chiatura Monastery, Georgia

Sadly, we arrived too early to get in, and had to return to Jvari Etseri a few hours later by public transport. A beautifully placed monastery in this canyon city.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Jvari Etseri, nr Chiatura, Georgia

Lali's uncle in his grain mill

Sunday drive

She & I under a grapevine ceiling

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Chiatura & Jvari Etseri, Georgia

Lenin & Stalin from pebbles, Chiatura

Local children in an old car, Jvari Etseri

Lali picking tea (she knows so much about village life!), Jvari Etseri

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Jvari Etseri, nr Chiatura, Georgia

I'm a little out of order again. These photos are from before our trip to Abastumani. Oh well.

Here our friend is excavating his marani, or wine store - a collection of huge clay vessels sunk into the ground and stoppered with earth. There's a layer on the top of the wine which must be removed using handy fig leaves. Then the wine is ready to decant - delicious!