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T'bilisi Local Customs: 26 reviews and 55 photos
During Soviet rule religious life was not encouraged in Georgia, writing this is an euphemism. Way more than where I live, religion is still deeply integrated in every day’s life; you can observe people making cross signs sitting in a bus when passing by a church, of course, signing when walking past a chapel or a cemetery; churches are open all day long and there are always worshippers.
The Orthodox Church takes care the future generations will have their priests (picture 2), is “back in business” as far as marriage is concerned, and religious marriages can be observed in every corner of the city; here two pictures taken at Metekhi church ( pictures 3 and 4); priests seem to be important persons and one can see the respect people have for them in churches or outside.
We are here far from djilbabs, burkhas, abayas, hidjabs and other alike clothes protecting the women from the concupiscent glimpses of men; a simple scarf, and only near the church, or inside are religious signs and these simple headgear enhance the beauty of the persons (picture 1) who smiles at this handsome (oooops!!!) foreign photographer.
The streets of Tbilisi are well known for the balconies which give them a real special character; you can see balconies almost everywhere (and certainly have seen already on some of my pictures on this page), but the most interesting area for balconies are the old city districts, in the small narrow streets of backyards.
In the old city, the houses and balconies are old too. . . . It is just a pleasure to look at some works of art, like this finely carved façade (picture 1).
Other balconies in this quiet isolated backstreet (picture 2), which is also a perspective to a church dominating from far. . .
There are tips about balconies in the “to do” section, but they are real local customs too, that is why you find some balconies here!
During the Cold War there was a direct telephone link between Washington and Moscow, at least that is what we learned from the press and history books; the phones on both sides were red, as these phones were the last resort before the nuclear war could break out!
Here in Stalin’s country you can find this red telephone in some bar or restaurant and I cannot prevent myself of thinking they had, may be, red phones to call directly the NKVD. . . . but what the lady was telling in the wire had probably nothing to do with war, spying, or alike when I noticed her.. . . :)
I must confess that I like to walk in places where I am sure I will have some nice unexpected (but I secretly expect, of course) encounter, meet locals far from the tourists herds; so walking in small streets, backyards, parks, river banks, visiting a “local” café or a hidden church. . . . all that gives me the pleasure to meet people.
This old lady (picture 1) was very curious about the foreigner who visited the backyard of where she lives and we tried to explain each other who we were, what we did and where we travelled; she was very happy to learn I liked her city a lot and she surprised me talking about Paris!
Elsewhere I met a young lady having a rest (and a smoke) in front of her little shop (picture 2) and another one decided to pose her profile for the tourist (picture 3); don’t these young girls (picture 4), at the entrance of a church look “typical”? And lets finish the “review” with older ladies dressed in black (picture 5) selling religious items not far from the cathedral.
Here are a few of the persons I photographed (asked for pictures); it is a pleasure to try to interact with locals, and photographs are generally the only contact we have with them, but sometimes it can be the beginning of a longer story.
Life is cool in Tbilisi and in the shade of the trees during the summer days people like to have a rest, relax a bit, playing trictrac, a variety of backgammon (picture 1). Ladies, generally do not play and prefer a chat on a bench (picture 2) and in general, in every park you see people in the shade, chatting, observing, laughing or having serious discussions (pictures 3 and 4), and even more serious (?), flirting is also an occupation in a shady place (picture 5)
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