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Gems of Georgia – Tbilisi and Countryside

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is as genial a place as you will find anywhere in the world. Hospitable locals, great wine and delectable cuisine are at every turn. “Save the earth, it is the only planet with wine,” is a restaurant sign that deserves a confirming nod. Rick is gleeful to find a billboard that fits his motto, “First we eat…and then we do everything else.” And in this order of things, a glass of wine from one of the world’s oldest wine regions is a perfect pairing with khinkali; a Georgia favourite of steamed dough stuffed with meat or cheese or mushrooms! Morning coffee in a small café above an “I Love Tbilisi” sign, is a good place to plan our day. The cobblestone alleys of the Old Town bustle with shops and eateries. Every eyeful holds an array of ancient structures, modern architectural creations, and we’re soon…

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Bulgaria – Sofia and Day-Away Sites

Ahhh, Sofia, the beauteous capital of Bulgaria. One is never far from a green space with profusions of flowers, fountains and benches under shade trees. And then there is the alluring pedestrian-only street with its array of cafes where music and laughter drifts from under canopied seating …cocoons of enjoyment! Just past this ped-zone the…

Marvelous Moldova

Small landlocked Moldova may be one of Europe’s best kept secrets. It is not (as yet) flooded by tourists, it’s easy on the budget and has great sites to see.  This former Soviet republic is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and around its southern tip. The country’s climate…