Georgia's Caucasus Mountains and it
        stunning mountain scenery

Georgia's Caucasus Mountains and their stunning mountain scenery

Georgia

June-July 2012

My trip to Georgia (along with Armenia and Karabakh) in the summer of 2012 marked a new way of preserving my thoughts and memories of travel. I began a blog, which I updated every day or so while on the road.  This was a change from what I'd been doing on this site for nearly two decades. Previously, I would write one travelog for a trip once it was complete, blending my impressions and memories into one large meal, so to speak, for my readers to enjoy. With the blog, the meal became a series of courses, instead. Those who kept up with it read about my trip in smaller bites.

Time being what it is, I don't think the best use of it is to rewrite all these blog entries into one travelog. I'm very happy with the way many of them flow. They have themes, and are essays that deserve to stand alone. You wouldn't want your entire meal to be chucked into a blender and pureed into one chunk, would you? That is the way I feel about what I wrote on my Travellerspoint blog. So, what's to become of my worldwidemike website? I think I will try using each new country's page to display my favorite photos, and link the relevant blog entries. I hope my readers, both long-time and new, enjoy this format. The reflections and impressions are still there in the blog entries. You could even argue that they are fresher -- many times being written on the same day that as the experience. So, I encourage those of you who haven't read the blog to take the time to read them. You don't have to devour it all at once -- there is a month's worth of writing there! Savor it, instead, as a multi-course meal. Digest it in smaller chunks, if you wish.

As always, feel free to let me know what you think. I enjoy getting emails from both friends and strangers who have read my accounts.  My address is: mikedemana@earthlink.net

My blog I kept up on my monthlong trip to the Caucasus - My Travellerspoint Blog
Blog Entries on Georgia:

Click here for a Youtube slideshow of more than 200 of my photographs from the trip

Cable car from Old Town,
        Tblisi, Georgia, floats up towards Nariqala Fortress

Cable car from Old Town, Tblisi, Georgia, floats up towards Nariqala Fortress

Ramparts of Nariqala Fortress
          overlooking Tblisi, Georgia
Ramparts of Nariqala Fortress overlooking Tblisi, Georgia

The Peace Bridge in Tblisi,
          Georgia, lit up at night
The Peace Bridge in Tblisi, Georgia, lit up at night

Ruins of medieval Tmogvi Castle
                high on a hilltop in Tmogvi River valley, Georgia
Ruins of medieval Tmogvi Castle high on a hilltop in Tmogvi River valley, Georgia

View from ruins of Tmogvi Castle of the
                Mtkvari River valley, Georgia
View from ruins of Tmogvi Castle of the Mtkvari River valley, Georgia

Hike from Tmogvi to Vardzia, Georgia
Hike from Tmogvi to Vardzia, Georgia

Cave Monastery complex of Vardzia, Georgia
Cave Monastery complex of Vardzia, Georgia

Georgian monk contemplates the view from
                Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta, Georgia
Georgian monk contemplates the view from Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta, Georgia

Ikalto Monastery near Telavi, site of an
              early University in Georgia
Ikalto Monastery near Telavi, site of an early University in Georgia

UNESCO World Heritage site of Ushguli, Georgia, with its
        medieval Svan towers

UNESCO World Heritage site of Ushguli, Georgia, with its medieval Svan towers

Ushguli, Georgia, framed by the Caucasus Mounatins
Ushguli, Georgia, framed by the Caucasus Mounatins


Easier part of the day hike up
                from Mestia to a hiltop cross
Easier part of the day hike up from Mestia to a hiltop cross