Tbilisi: A Beacon on Europe’s Eastern Horizon

Not To Shrink The Earth

Europe extends farther than most people think or are willing to adventure. Eastern Europe continues to draw tourists looking for the next big thing in travel but the Balkans are dusting off the dark soviet dream and becoming popular destinations in their own right. Take Tbilisi, Georgia for example. In the two decades since it gained independence from the Soviet Union, its civil war in 1991 and the secession of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the country, and particularly the capital, has gone through a dramatic transformation and serves as a shining example of what is possible in the region.

Located along the Mt’k’vari river and situated in the center of Eastern Georgia in the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi has served, with various intervals, as Georgia’s capital for nearly 1500 years and represents a significant industrial, social, and cultural center of the country. The city itself is extraordinary…

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