29 November 2006
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22 November 2006
Zurab Tsereteli's sculpture Monument of Freedom will be revealed on Freedom Square Tbilisi on Thursday, November 23th. Details here
In the Georgian Times it is said, that the descision to put it on the column was made by Gouvernment, wich is difficult to follow. I definitly think, it was the artists descision, no matter by whom it was, it was very wise.
The column with the rider Giorgi on its horse slaying the dragon has a big impact to the composition of the whole ensemble Freedom Square [Georgian: Tavisuplebis Moidani], like an "i" with the point golden illuminated in the sky. And it got the perfect size to look at, it seems to ask your eye, "follow me..."
It is a representive piece, deeply connected with myth, history and reality of the symbol and with Georgia on the other side. It could stand in other countries, like the U.S, in other cities like Moscow, but there it seems to be beautiful but a little dishonest. Here in Georgia has it found its right place, a kind of true message: We are small, we had been beaten, but we always fight back. We do not want any evil to others, as we rest in our selfs, in our families, our land, in our language, poetry and habits. We are dreamers and sometimes go for taking the skies.
Saw you Misha storming Shevardnadzes parliament ? This is George, hotblooded but undaunted by death.
We feel reflected in George. The sculpture is vivid, changing and lively. It mirrors the Georgian character. It is right in our centre, between the earth we stand on and the heaven far above. It is an ideal to strive to, as we are far from perfect.
And it's a delighted elegance around Tsereteli's George, bringing the death to the monster in a playful dance. Compare it to the stress of other Georges fighting the mighty dragon.
Tsereteli's sculptures are admired but got lot of critic too. See here examples of his works:
In Russia and Ukraine
in the US
with the discussion of Tear of Sorrow on a Russian blog
and the controversy on this monument dedicated to 9/11
"Controversy also emerged when it transpired that the sculptor had mistakenly included the names of about 40 people on the monument who had survived the attacks, but were on some lists of presumed fatalities."
and other critical voices
Art Students earlier this year protested against the plan of Tsereteli's sculpture. What instead of the "better contemporary",as you demanded, you wanted to place here ?
Zura, this is a master piece !
21 November 2006
Urlaub in Imeretien
Kultur in Kutaissi
Typische Landschaft in Imeretien
Krönungskirche Bagrati, Kutaissi
in Kooperation mit Argo-Travel Kutaissi
Das georgische Landleben mit viel Entspannung hautnah erleben, Mai-Oktober 2007
Im westgeorgischen Gebiet Imeretien haben wir mehrere Dörfer mit besonders schöner Naturlage unweit von Wäldern, Flüssen und Bergen ausgewählt. In diesen Dörfern haben wir Kontakt mit typischen georgischen Familien, die unsere Gäste empfangen und nach Wunsch betreuen. Natürlich sind das gut eingerichtete Häuser mit Dusche, WC und dennoch taucht man schnell in das zeitlose, scheinbar idyllische Leben auf dem georgischen Land ein.
Die Familien leben auf angenehmen Höfen mit schönen Obst- und Gemüsegärten, mit Weinberg und Weinkeller. Unsere Gäste werden in einer ökologisch intakten und sauberen Umgebung wohnen, naturbelassenes Essen zu sich nehmen können (Obst, Gemüse, Fleisch, Milchprodukte, georgischen Mazoni (Yoghurt) und die Reichhaltigkeit der georgischen Küche kennenlernen. Gern können Sie an der Zubereitung der Mahlzeiten teilnehmen und exotische Rezepte mit nach Hause nehmen (Schaschlyk, Chinkali, Chatschapuri, Sazivi, Elardshi )
Es gibt Möglichkeiten zum Reiten, Fischen, Pilzesammeln und Wandern im Wald und in der näheren Umgebung (z.B. im Kurort Sairme)
Gern versuchen wir Sie in georgisches Brauchtum einzuführen und laden Sie ein, an einer traditionellen georgischen Hochzeit teilzunehmen und die Besonderheiten der georgischen Tafel ausgiebig kennenzulernen.
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Die Gäste werden auf Wunsch von einer deutschsprachigen symphatischen Dolmetscherin begleitet.
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20 November 2006
I really like the new eye-catcher at Freedom Square Tbilisi. It fits so perfect with the place and lets your mind wander by slowly walking around to see it from every different angle.
Thank you Mr. Tsereteli !
On second no. 6 you can hear the now so typical Alarm horn of the Patrol Police. Who has been in Tbilisi, recognizes.
17 November 2006
Trekking National Park Lagodekhi
Wine Region Kakheti and the Mountains of the Lagodekhi NP
More info at Kaukasus-Reisen
16 November 2006
Somewhere in Shiraki, 1998
Somewhere near Borjomi, 1996
At Korsha, Barisakho, 2000 Photo: Maurice Wolf
Near Borjomi, 1996
Near Borjomi, 1996
I opened three new Flickr-Groups today: Khevsureti, Tusheti and Buzkashi
Have a look and if you like it, Please join.
15 November 2006
14 November 2006
I never heard of that piczo, first I thought, that must be a small Georgian web ring or something like that. So I jumped to piczo and started to play and fast figured out, that this free mash-up of photos, text, blinking animations, videos et cetera must be much more appalling for the kids than the dry features you have in Blogger or even Blogger in Beta. Back to the kids, who are 13-14 years old, I found it stunning, what they do in their free time and what profession they will later choose, if they know so far. Here are some short answers:
B plays very good soccer, Tennis and Volleyball, has no Email-Address but is often in the Internet (Soccer clubs) and wants to study German at the Goethe Institute
D wants to study Linux and Excel, become an Engineer. He has E-mail and is 2 or 3 times a week in the web and for chat and visits www.babajana.com and www.boom.ge
G wants also to study Linux, plays Tennis and Computer games, especially likes to destroy cars in these games
N uses piczo, Email and skype. She wants to become a Diplomat, is 4-6 hours daily in the Internet, chats with lots of friends, won the 1st prize in a Tennis cup in Egypt, and goes in the winter for a 1-month-visit to the US
A is danceress at the famous Sukhishvilebi-Group, wants to become a Diplomat, uses also Google and is also a good Swimmer. She is every day in the Internet.
L loves Yahoo, soccer, Google, chat and Snowboard. He is also a good dancer.
N collects LEGO, uses the Internet for new products of Lego, wants to study Finances at the Caucasus Business School in Tbilisi. Besides he loves to make small sculptures of Soldiers from Modeling clay and reads lots of books on the Roman Empire.
K wants to study Fine Arts/Painting, uses the Internet for search on her famous Rock groups and uses piczo by updating her own site every day. She swims very good.
Piczo must make tons of money by the Google Adsense Programme, as those ads are at the top of every site. I liked to arrange stuff on piczo and think it could be a great tool for "serious" themes too, if you never had a website, but wanted one, try it and have fun. Here you get a glimpse: http://khevsureti.piczo.com
This is a impression of the Sukhishvilibis, where A. dances
I wanted to write something about Toyota Landcruiser, Lada Niva's, Pajero and Nissan Patrol and their use but struggled the whole evening and half night with my so-called "ADSL"-connection, that I gave up and postet this nice image...
In the recent reshuffle of the Government last week I absolutely could not see much sense, now got to read this analyze on Messenger, not sure if that is the last and best conclusion (but I have no better).
12 November 2006
11 November 2006
One of the secret highlights of Tbilisi. I never met a foreigner, who was not making some great comments on this weird building, the former Ministry of Transportation, now the Department of Roads, where are made a lot of key decisions for the development of the infrastructure of Georgia these days. By 2009 we go in 3,5 hours straight to the Beach of Batumi by speed 150 ! (If allowed ;-))
09 November 2006
Oh, no, it is a paradise but has no Cafe Paradise yet, although that would be a cool idea, at least from May to October somewhere near the road at Barissakho or Shatili, or maybe at the Datvis-Dshvari-Pass ? In Georgia Today Karen Shimizu wrote a nice piece on a journey in Khevsureti in company with Mindia Tsiklauri and 20 musicians from the Village Harmony Music Camp: Touring Khevsureti. The hills are alive...
As I read that, I sit in the new opened Cafe Paradise right on the opposite site of the famous Cafe Kala and next to the Old Gallery and it's rarity of Georgian art and images and frames. It is small, just for 20 or 25 people and has a warm, dark, oriental atmosphere, where I will spent probably lots of cold and windy Tbilisi winter days.
And for Khevsureti, I think I am going next weekend there.
If you want to join us next season, contact me via Kaukasus-Reisen
07 November 2006
Makunia has a nice set of photos from Tbilisians- Tbiliselebi
06 November 2006
"It was nice pictures that gave lot of joy to see the dissapearing way of life." M.T.
Want to get more impressions from the Caucasus ?
Other Cool Flickr-Sets from Georgia
Not in the mood for photos but for political analyzes of the New Great Game ?
Read "A Decisive Battle for the Caucasus " by Levan Pirveli from The Georgian Times
04 November 2006
Воспоминания о Сухуми, войне и боли
Wikipedia on Abkhazia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abkhazia
Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of Turkey
Ilya Repin, 1880-1891
canvas, 2.03 m × 2.58 m
Russian Museum of Alexander III
Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan!
You, sultan, turkish devil, brother and comrade of the Devil, secretary of Lucifer himself. Some kind of damn knight you are, who cannot stick a pin into a bare arse! The devil shits, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make sons of christians your subjects; we are not afraid of your soldiers, we will fight you on land and on sea, screw your mother.
You are the Babylonian scullion, Macedonian cart-driver, Jerusalem brewer, Alexandrian goat-fucker, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, Tartar catamite, Kamyanets hangman, and the fool of all the world and underworld. An idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and a bend in the dick. You have a pig's face, a mare's arse, you're a butcher's dog, an unbaptized head, fuck your mother!
That is what the Cossacks say to you, asshole. You're not even fit to feed pigs of christians. Now we end, we know not the date and have no calendar, the moon is in the sky, the year the Lord knows, the day is the same with us here as with you over there, now you can kiss our arses.
Koshovyi Otaman Ivan Sirko and all the Zaporozhian Cossack Brotherhood
03 November 2006
02 November 2006
01 November 2006
The famous Sakhara can not await the mountains
The lovely view from the Alazani Valley
Our team on half way
One of the many cool views
We meet rangers of the Park on our way
Coffee, Tea, Shashlyk and Dshadsha makes a perfect dinner
I wanted for three days to blog this story but, Blogger has it's outages, or does not store more images on its Servers ;-( Update soon