Lax (Coffee County, GA) – Census
Census Data for Lax …
As far as we can tell, Lax has not been included in past Census counts, so there is no population information for this community.
While we don’t have census information for Lax, you might be interested in some nearby communities where we do:
- Alapaha [Berrien County]
- Ambrose [Coffee County]
- Willacoochee [Atkinson County]
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- Willacoochee [Atkinson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Lax
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willacoochee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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- Ocilla [Irwin County]
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- Ocilla [Irwin County] lies 11 miles [17. 7 km]<1> to the northwest of Lax
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ocilla have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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- Enigma [Berrien County]
- Douglas [Coffee County]
- Broxton [Coffee County]
- Fitzgerald [Ben Hill County]
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- Nashville [Berrien County]
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- Nashville [Berrien County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Lax
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nashville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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- Pearson [Atkinson County]
- Tifton [Tift County]
- Jacksonville [Telfair County]
- Lenox [Cook County]
- Ray City [Berrien County]
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ray City
- Ray City [Berrien County] lies 27 miles [43. 5 km]<1> to the south of Lax
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ray City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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- Nicholls [Coffee County]
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- Nicholls [Coffee County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Lax
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nicholls have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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- Nashville [Berrien County]
Coffee County …
Lax is primarily located in Coffee County<4>. A portion of Lax extends into Irwin County.
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Coffee County.
Miscellaneous Information for Lax …
The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Coffee County or the community of Lax:
- The GNIS Codes …
- The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Lax:
- GNIS ID for Lax: 332192
- GNIS ID for Coffee County: 347456
- GNIS ID for State of Georgia: 1705317
- The FIPS Codes …
- An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
- State Code: 13 (Georgia)
- County Code: 069 (Coffee County)
- Place Code: 45516 (Lax)
- State & County Code: 13/069 (Georgia / Coffee County)
- State & Place Code: 13/45516 (Georgia / Lax)
- Misc. Census Codes …
- Lax is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Lax.
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|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a ‘straight-line’ distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera – it’s truly a line from Point A (ie- Lax) to Point B. Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lax. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates – Latitude: 31.4733, Longitude: -83.1215 In this case, the coordinates for Lax have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).|
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|<3>||The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System – which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.|
|<4>||If you’re interested in how the shape of Georgia’s counties, including Coffee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.|
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|* Updated Saturday, 31 July 2021 20:48:21 Lax time – Weather by CustomWeather, © 2021|
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Georgia Gallagher’s Lacrosse Profile | ConnectLAX
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Attack, Midfield, Draw
Multi-sport athlete, coachable, disciplined, determined, hard-working, strong lax IQ, love the game
I have been playing lacrosse since I was 6. I have played in every position over the years but am mainly an attacker or a midfielder. I have been playing with Snipers Elite lacrosse for 6 years. Next year, I am going to take AP Spanish Language, AP Human Geography, AP Biology, Accelerated Precalculus, English XI and Abnormal Psychology. I am also on the GA Varsity field hockey team. Outside of academics, I am a speaker leader in my school’s STEM program, am part of the Global Scholars program, the school choir, am a Youth Deacon at my church and volunteer weekly at Greenwich Emergency Medical Services where I am working towards my EMT license. I also love babysitting and coaching youth field hockey and lacrosse!
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7 Flames Lacrosse
7 Flames Georgia and Team 91/Dynamic Sports Management are pleased to announce our forthcoming alliance, which will take effect beginning Summer 2021, to operate elite level boys’ lacrosse clubs to be supplemented by the highest-level field training opportunities, access to top-level competition and recruiting tournaments and showcases in the Greater Atlanta area. In addition to the on-field opportunities with Team 91/Dynamic’s player development staff, the newly rebranded Team 91 Georgia will have access to a trove of resources including access to Team 91 South Regional teams, Team 91 National Teams, significant training opportunities in Atlanta with Team 91 Directors, Team 91/Dynamic Sports’ Recruiting Coordinator, assistance with film breakdown with former college coaches, and highlight film dissemination and social media.
In less than three years, 7 Flames Georgia has established itself as one of the hottest and fastest-rising clubs in the South in an area that has seen tremendous growth in recent years. Georgia has entrenched itself as a new lacrosse hotbed on the rise, and 7 Flames Georgia’s ascent to being one of the area’s top clubs is no coincidence. 7 Flames prides itself on player development and helping its players become better young men through service opportunities, something that translates perfectly to Team 91’s philosophy.
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Data shows lax enforcement of Georgia texting while driving law
Texting while driving is against the law in Georgia. However, according to data published recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the prohibition may not be doing much to keep motorists safe. This is because law enforcement officials rarely punish drivers for violating the anti-texting law.
The law went into effect on July 1, 2010. Since then, data from the Department of Driver Services shows that only 1,281 drivers have been convicted of texting while driving – an average of less than 50 per month. The State Patrol says that its troopers only cite an average of 11 drivers each month. By comparison, approximately 22,500 people have been convicted of drunk driving during the same time frame.
Gwinnett County has been the only jurisdiction to buck the trend. Since the law was passed, it has convicted 665 people for texting while driving, more than the combined total of all other counties.
Officers say that a lot of the trouble comes from the fact that it is hard to catch drivers in the act of texting. Since most drivers know that texting while driving is illegal, they hide their phones out of view and are careful not to be seen texting when a police officer is present. Others are able to escape liability by claiming that they were merely dialing a phone number, since the law does not prohibit talking on a cellphone while driving.
Many safety advocates also claim that the law is not strict enough to dissuade drivers from texting. A conviction for texting while driving will result in just a $150 fine and one point on the offender’s driving record.
The risks of distracted driving
It is disappointing that the law has not been more effective, considering just how dangerous texting while driving is.
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to cause a car accident. Much of the risk come from the fact that texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for so long that they fail to notice potential hazards. At highway speeds, sending or reviewing a text message is the equivalent of driving blindfolded down the length of an entire football field!
Distracted driving is a huge problem, both in Georgia and throughout the entire country. No one deserves to be injured or killed simply because another motorist couldn’t bother to take their hands off their cellphone for long enough to finish their trip.
When a car accident is caused by distracted driving or another form of driver negligence, injured victims have a right to seek compensation for losses including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, talk to an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you understand your options.
90,000 Georgia will need at least a year to return to normal life
The air in Tbilisi has become so clean that the capitals of neighboring countries are visible
The police are vigilantly keeping order in the deserted Tbilisi. Photo from www.jam-news.net
The Georgian authorities have extended the state of emergency for another month – until May 22. The corresponding decree was signed by President Salome Zurabishvili. There will be no problems with his approval in parliament – the majority of the Georgian Dream (GM) announced their support the day before, and the votes of the opposition opposed to the prolongation of the state of emergency will not be enough to reject the decree.
Tbilisi, of course, is unrecognizable. The crowded bustling city was deserted. For all their penchant for a “relaxed” life, Tbilisi residents generally strictly adhere to the requirements and recommendations of the government and epidemiologists.
There are only grocery stores and pharmacies in the city. Not only public, but also private transport has been stopped – at least until April 27, only special vehicles can drive through Tbilisi. But every cloud has a silver lining – on the other hand, the usual haze for the Georgian capital has disappeared. Wits on social networks launched a joke: the air has become so clean that if you look into the distance, you can see Baku through binoculars, and Yerevan without binoculars at all.
By the way, on Wednesday night, the Tbilisi TV tower was illuminated in the colors of the flag of Armenia – as a sign of solidarity in the fight against the pandemic. Before Armenia, Georgia supported Italy, Spain, USA, Ireland and other countries in the same way.
The opposition explains its decision not to vote for the extension of the emergency by the fact that the authorities have not presented a plan to save the business, therefore, the situation is getting worse every hour, and therefore it is necessary to abandon the emergency so that entrepreneurs themselves get down to business, since the state is not able to.The situation resembles a conversation between a blind man and a deaf person.
The government’s plan to support the economy is widely known (see, in particular, “NG” dated 20. 04.20), but the opposition continues to break through the open doors.
However, extending the state of emergency, the authorities intend to gradually soften a number of provisions, said the spokesman for the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Chikovani. According to him, the country has not yet passed the peak of the epidemic – the infection cluster is expanding, and it becomes much more difficult to identify the source of infection.
One of the measures to mitigate the emergency may be to reduce the amount of fines for its violators. Moreover, in comparison with the first days of quarantine, the number of violators has noticeably decreased. However, the generally tense situation due to the pandemic has caused a surge of “strange” crimes.
So, a certain police officer, being at home in the center of Tbilisi, for some reason started firing from his service weapon. Everything would be fine, only a stray bullet in a neighboring house killed a woman who was watching TV in her apartment on the 7th floor.
In another crime, which the patriarchy is still denying, clergy were involved – in the ensuing fight, one priest stabbed another with a knife.
Another crime was captured on a video camera and posted on Facebook. A certain young man, declaring himself a tsar, speaks of his readiness to take responsibility for the fate of the world, but in the meantime – about the need to deal with the coronavirus, which has “stuck” in the presidential library founded by Mikhail Saakashvili.He set fire to the library, for which he will probably go to prison for three or four years. If, of course, the examination establishes his sanity.
Doctors on local TV channels began to add requests to the population to be more tolerant of each other, to help if necessary, to the usual calls for compliance with the measures necessary during a pandemic. They call the psychological situation in the country difficult, as in the whole world.
Paata Imnadze, deputy director of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, said in an interview with the Rustavi-2 TV channel that it will take the population about a year to return to normal life after the pandemic. According to him, the existing restrictions will be lifted gradually, but the ban on family gatherings or gatherings of friends will remain in force for a long time. “I understand that these are our traditions, a part of our life, a way of life, but for a certain time we will have to give up all this if we do not want the situation to worsen. Of course, the country needs to be opened. I hope we will go through this stage peacefully and calmly … The country, of course, will gradually open up, everything will work, ”Imnadze said.
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Georgia does not part with the dream – Kommersant newspaper No. 187 (5937) dated 10.10.2016
The Georgian Dream (GM) party of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, ruling in Georgia, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections held on Saturday, gaining 48. 6% of the vote.The main opposition force, the United National Movement (UNM) of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, has won the support of 27% of citizens. At the same time, members of the UNM said that they would not put up with “the situation when they steal votes in the elections.” The Georgians’ election to the new parliament was watched by GEORGY DVALI, a Kommersant correspondent in Tbilisi.
“Why are there so few people?”
President Giorgi Margvelashvili was one of the first to come to the polling station on Saturday morning. Having done this, he wanted by personal example to call on compatriots to be active.According to opinion polls, many Georgians were not going to vote. The boycotters admitted that they were either not interested in politics, or did not see the parties expressing their interests. As a result, the turnout was 51.63% (in 2012 it exceeded 60%).
Approaching the journalists at the exit from the polling station, non-partisan Giorgi Margvelashvili said that he had voted “for a multi-party parliament. ” Observers concluded that the president did not support the “Georgian Dream” for sure, since it was the ruling party that was accused of striving to create a “parliament with a one-party majority like the Communist Party” on the eve of the elections.
At another precinct, also in Tbilisi, Sandra Roelofs, the wife of ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili, was throwing a ballot into the ballot box. “Today it is being decided whether Georgia will be saved or not,” she told reporters. But Georgia still “didn’t save itself,” since Saakashvili’s UNM party lost the elections both on party lists and in most majoritarian districts. Sandra Roelofs herself, who ran in the Zugdidi single-mandate constituency, could not win the GM candidate in the first round.
The founder and informal leader of the GM, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, came to the polling station later than others.”Why are there so few people?” – he exclaimed, passing in front of the line of journalists. Nevertheless, having voted, Mr. Ivanishvili said: Georgians “learned to vote not with their hearts, but with their minds” and that is why the GM “will definitely win.”
Former speaker of parliament Nino Burjanadze, who is considered the only serious pro-Russian politician in Georgia, also advised compatriots to “vote wisely”. Her party “Democratic Movement – United Georgia” (DDEG) participated in the elections under the slogan “Vote for non-aligned status”, that is, promised to abandon the idea of joining NATO to “restore dialogue with Russia, as well as Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers.”Having voted, Ms. Burjanadze told Kommersant that non-aligned status is “the only chance for Georgia.” However, the Georgians, judging by the results of the vote, did not believe her: DDEG gained a little more than 4% and did not get into parliament. Experts believe that a certain role in the defeat was played not so much by the general rejection of the idea of reconciliation with the Russian Federation, as by distrust of the party leader. “For too long, Nino Burjanadze was Mikhail Saakashvili’s ally,” Mikhail Getsadze, an analyst at the GHN news agency, explained to Kommersant.- “b” ) “.
“In a peaceful, calm and open atmosphere”
A relaxed atmosphere reigned in the UNM office on election day. On a huge TV screen there is a live broadcast of the opposition television company Rustavi-2, owned by Mikheil Saakashvili’s friends, Ukrainian businessmen Levan and Georgy Karamanishvili. The announcers said that there were no special excesses at the polling stations “yet.” Asked by Kommersant whether this means that “the revolutionary scenario has been removed from the agenda,” deputy candidate Georgy Tugushi replied: “Are you serious? When did we have a revolutionary scenario ?!” At the same time, we recall that a few days before the elections, Georgian TV channels published an audio recording of the “meeting” of Mikhail Saakashvili with his fellow party members.A man with a voice similar to that of the ex-president spoke of the “necessity, lack of alternative and inevitability of a revolution” immediately after the elections.
In the Palace of Tsar Rostom – a huge luxurious building in the center of Tbilisi, which the billionaire Ivanishvili donated to his party – the situation was more tense. On Saturday afternoon, everyone was vigorously discussing the unexpected statement of Mikhail Saakashvili that he was not going to leave Ukraine – “no matter how the Georgian elections ended.” But on the eve he promised “to swim across the Black Sea immediately after the elections.””This is a very interesting statement!” The executive secretary of the GM Irakli Kobakhidze told Kommersant with a malicious smile. “Saakashvili backed up on election day.”
The release of the first public opinion poll results at UNM headquarters was met with mixed feelings. Hearing the results, everyone clapped, but not very loudly – they expected more. Some of the journalists turned on TV-Imedi on their tablet, which was broadcasting from the opposing camp. It was heard how in the GM headquarters shouting with joy and calling everyone to the “rally of the winners”.
Yesterday international observers said that the elections were held in a “peaceful, calm and open atmosphere”, although there were “isolated facts of violations and violence.” At the same time, one of the leaders of the UNM, Giga Bokeria, promised that his party “will not put up with the situation when votes are being stolen at the elections.” However, according to political scientist Giorgi Khukhashvili, Saakashvili’s party can still be satisfied with the voting results: it fulfilled the minimum program, remaining the main opposition force in Georgia.
90,000 Georgian opposition will hold rallies on Independence Day – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
On May 26, Georgia’s Independence Day, the country’s authorities intend to hold a military parade on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.And the opposition to gather a protest against the results of the parliamentary elections.
Nobody can predict what will happen on this day on the streets of the Georgian capital. Some believe that the protest action will gather few people and end in nothing. Others are convinced that thousands of opponents of the head of state from all regions will come to the city. And then any scenarios for the development of events will be possible, up to the overthrow of the president.
But this is how politicians think. As for ordinary residents of Georgia, they do not believe that the opposition rally will bring together many people.The situation in Tbilisi remained calm all weekend. All day, opposition representatives drove around the city and from megaphones urged people to take to the streets on May 26.
Several small rallies were held on Sunday. Oppositionist Koba Davitashvili unexpectedly arrived at the market near the railway station. About a hundred people gathered around the politician, but the merchants standing nearby were still unhappy. “These politicians interfere with trade. Nobody bought anything for an hour, the strawberries turned sour,” the saleswoman complained to the RG journalist.There were no shouts of support addressed to the speaker. But, apparently, Davitashvili is already used to it. After the rally, he joked with colleagues and smiled. He, like other oppositionists, although he complains about the dishonesty of the elections, does not look angry or even irritated. The relaxed state of the opposition is passed on to the people. There is no revolutionary mood in Tbilisi.
The maximum that the opposition managed to achieve was to achieve unity in its ranks. All opposition parties said on Friday that they will not enter the new parliament of Georgia.
The party in power “National Movement” philosophically reacted to the opposition’s demarche. “It is their right to enter or not to enter parliament. Because of this, the legislative process in the country will not stop,” Irakli Kavtaradze, head of the National Movement’s Security Committee, told the RG correspondent. The CEC of Georgia also made it clear that the legislation does not provide for the concept of “boycotting the parliament”. Today the National Movement has a constitutional majority. Proceeding from this, the opposition’s decision to surrender its mandates does not change anything. At the same time, the opposition’s decision means that the new parliament of Georgia will be one-party. For a country that has declared its adherence to democratic principles, such a situation will look strange.
On Monday, Georgia will celebrate Independence Day. A military parade will be held in front of the parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue. It will be attended by 2,600 servicemen, 78 units of military equipment, in particular, self-propelled artillery units, military jeeps and 60 police armored vehicles “Cobra”.
Traveling in Georgia: gastronomic route
Our editor-in-chief Margarita Belyaeva tells what to try and where to go if you are in the country of wine, hospitality and khachapuri.
As renowned Danish chef Rene Redzepi (Noma) once said, Georgian cuisine is “perhaps one of the last great undiscovered gastronomic cultures of Europe. ” And I agree with him, although for us Georgian food seems to be something familiar and understandable for a long time and is not as surprising as for Scandinavians.But when you come to Georgia, you understand how endless this immersion can be.
During our trip we passed several regions: Tbilisi, Kakheti, Imereti, Upper and Lower Svaneti. It is absolutely impossible to fit everything into one material – when you can write a chapter about only one roadside family shop where shoti and sheep cheese are made – it is absolutely impossible. Therefore, I have chosen five things that, in my opinion, will give you a first idea of this diversity.
- Vineyards in Kakheti
500 grape varieties
This is how many varieties grow in this small country.The most interesting and rare of them can be found among the works of private, small wineries, of which there are many in Georgia now. In most cases, wine is made there in the traditional Georgian way – in large earthenware qvevri vessels, where it ferments and matures, without the addition of preservatives commonly used in modern winemaking. For the first acquaintance with the world of boutique Georgian wineries, Vino Underground in Tbilisi is perfect. Here are collected natural wines from 100 wineries.You can find chkhaveri from Zurab Topuridze Winery, and tsitsku with tsolikauri from Ramaz Nikoladze Winery, and ice saperavi from Okro`s Wines (ice wine – dessert wine with vines “nailed” by frost – author’s note) . The best option is to order a tasting of 5-6 wines and buy a bottle of what you like the most. For example, I took 100% tsitsku from Ramaz Nikoladze, who is the co-founder of Vino Underground. And I want to tell you a little more about it.
Ramaz Nikoladze is one of the most influential and respected Georgian winemakers.He helps many young masters; At one time, Ramaz united 10 winemakers from Kakheti and Imereti, professing traditional winemaking and organic farming, into the “Presidium” organization. Including thanks to him, people outside Georgia learned about the Georgian wine-making renaissance.
- Ramaz Nikoladze
Nikoladze is a hereditary winemaker: he grows grapes on the family estate and produces just over 2000 bottles a year. The most popular: 100% tsitska, 100% tsolikauri and their blend.These are the same orange wines that are now drunk in trendy bars in St. Petersburg and Moscow (Ramaz Nikoladze makes wines, both infused with pulp and in other styles, – author’s note) . True, you will not find Ramaz wines among them, so do not miss the opportunity to taste in Georgia.
Another popularizer of traditional Georgian qvevri wines (also co-owner of Vino Underground) – John Wurdman , an American artist who went to Georgia to study polyphonic singing and stayed there forever.Together with Gela Patashvili, an eighth generation Kakhetian winemaker, in 2007 he opened Pheasant’s Tears , started producing organic wine and started exporting it to Europe and the States. The name is borrowed from Georgian legends, according to which, having tasted the perfect wine, even a pheasant will drop a tear of happiness.
- Pheasant’s Tears cellar
9 main varieties grow in the Pheasant’s Tears vineyards: there are quite rare ones, such as tavkveri author) . The restaurant of the same name in Sighnaghi with an art gallery is a must-see point on the route of all wine-loving travelers in Kakheti. A very atmospheric place: a wine cellar, a small garden in the courtyard, leisurely dinners and wine tastings from qvevri, with a backdrop of 70s rock.
Having tasted the perfect wine, even a pheasant will shed a tear of happiness.
It should not be forgotten that the bulk of the wine produced in Georgia, of course, does not come from such small wineries like Nikoladze and “Pheasant’s Tears”.If you want to see a major wine producer, go to the winery “Khareba” . The company has two wineries and 745 hectares of vineyards in Kakheti and western Imereti. It produces wines from both Georgian (tsitska, krakhuna, otskhanuri, etc. ) grape varieties and European ones. Some are kept in qvevri, some in French oak barrels. The wine cellar is made in the form of a tunnel 8 km long and stores about 25 thousand bottles of wine. It hosts excursions and tastings for everyone.The flagship wine that everyone brings from Khareba as a gift is Khvanchkara. The case when doing everything will be the right decision – a fine refined sweet wine, and not a sweetened fortified wine drink, which was previously sold in stores under the guise of “Khvanchkara”.
Eternal values: Adjarian khachapuri, Lagidze lemonades and khinkali
There are two cafes in Tbilisi, which are called “Lagidze Waters”. The first one is located on Rustaveli Avenue and is fully called “Adjarian Khachapuri on Lagidze Street.The Taste of Our Childhood ”, the second is not far from the Holy Trinity Cathedral and officially sounds like “ Lagidze Waters ”. And there, and there lemonades are poured with a variety of multi-colored syrups in massive flasks: lemon, tarragon, grape, cream, chocolate, cherry. Both there and there they prepare excellent Adjarian khachapuri, and in the official “Lagidze Water” – also its flaky version – fenovani. If you want a spiritual “old school” – what the doctor ordered.
- Adjarian Khachapuri from the Lagidze Water Cafe
If you ask local people about the best khinkali in Tbilisi, there is always a lot of controversy: which is better – mountain or city, where better to go after them.In Russia, city khinkali are most often prepared: from thin dough, with minced greens and abundant juice. But in Georgia there are admirers of traditions who believe that urban ones are for weaklings, and true khinkali are mountain ones, with thicker dough, less juice and no greens. There is even more controversy when it comes to which restaurant has the best khinkali. But there are three places that most locals recommend: Khinkalnaya Velyaminovy , a place with 100 years of history; “Zakhar Zakharych” , reminiscent of a village house; and “Pasanauri” , named after the birthplace of khinkali – the Pasanauri area.
Home restaurants and hotels
One gets the impression that the service in Georgia is either from the heart or none at all. Either you are accepted as at home, and after five minutes you feel like a friend of the family, or the waiter will look at you completely indifferently and only the third time will guess that the plate needs to be changed. A special story is home-made restaurants and hotels.
It’s not that the family owns the establishment – it’s not so rare. And about such places as, for example, Vakirelebi , which is hardly a restaurant in the traditional sense.This is an ordinary village house in Kakheti: there are two tables for guests – one in the living room, the other on the terrace. The husband prepares kebabs on the vine in the yard, the wife makes salads from vegetables from the garden. Rkatsiteli and saperavi pour out their unfiltered.
- In Vakirelebi they are preparing for a small feast
Food is put on the table not in courses, as is customary in European tradition, but according to Georgian customs, when everything is brought to the table at the same time. Between appetizers and salads, plates with soups are squeezed, on top of soups and salads – they put khachapuri, because there is no free space left, then the khachapuri is covered with shish kebabs and quails – and this is how three levels of plates line up.To the remark that it will cool down so hot until you get to it, a reasonable answer follows: “Not a problem – let’s warm up!” The traditional Georgian feast – “supra” – lasts five hours, is accompanied by numerous toasts and has many subtleties and rules. We had an abridged version, but that was enough to make us fall in love with the whole story. You can get to Vakirelebi only by pre-booking through the page on Tripadvisor.
Food is put on the table not in courses, as is customary in European tradition, but according to Georgian customs, when everything is brought out to the table at the same time.
Another example of captivating heart of home hospitality – “Chateau Chikovani” in Western Imeretia, the ancestral estate of the Chikovani family. If you come here, the touching story of your family, which began in the 18th century in Svaneti, will be told by the current owner of “Chateau” – Ucha Chikovani. The whole household is handled by Ucha and his wife, who complain that intelligent managers cannot be found and so far we have to do everything ourselves. And on the one hand, I would like to wish them to find helpers, on the other hand, you think – maybe then the special warmth and romance of this place will disappear.
- Chikovani Estate
Chateau is a wonderful place for a meditative rest. A flock of sheep grazes on the front lawn, and trout splashes in the pool, which Uchi’s wife cooks for dinner, and she cooks ingeniously. Of course, there is a wine cellar with its own wines. Not far is the Okatsi canyon and other natural beauty. We came for only one day, which we very much regretted.
Ancient towers and Svan salt
In Georgia, each region is special, but Svaneti, perhaps, leaves the strongest impressions. The heart of Svaneti is Ushguli, the highest mountain settlement in Europe, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Someone compares this place with Nepal, someone else with some places of power. Although in fact these are several ordinary villages, the mountains around and the ancient towers that stand between residential buildings and used to serve as a refuge during the attacks of enemies create an amazing feeling. There are no hotels or restaurants here, but most of the locals rent rooms to tourists, and make impromptu restaurants in their living rooms and on the rooftops.Each kitchen has a massive wood-burning stove, on which local housewives prepare local specialties – kubdari (cakes with finely minced meat), tashmijabi (mashed potatoes with suluguni), chvishtari (corn flour cakes stuffed with brine cheese).
- Svan salt
There are not many warm months in Svaneti, so grapes do not grow here, but there are distillates from all kinds of products, from apples to bread and honey. For the same reason, local housewives salt and pickle everything they can.From Svaneti they usually bring marinades, cheeses, of which there is a huge variety, and, of course, the famous Svan salt – a mixture of salt with various herbs and peppers. Svan salt is comparable to Roquefort by the power of the all-pervading smell, so if it is not packed well enough, then a small bag can “kill” all the luggage and ruin the lives of others. But the strength of the effect is close to monosodium glutamate, transforming and enhancing the taste of the dish.
New Georgian cuisine
The trend for the study and creative rethinking of classic recipes has not bypassed Georgia either.It also has its own “Mukhins” and “Grishechkins” (Vladimir Mukhin is the chef of the Moscow White Rabbit, Igor Grishechkin is the chef of the St. Petersburg Cococo, ed.) , which present traditional techniques and products in a modern way … Interestingly, in the percentage of female chefs who have already managed to gain prestige and a reputation for innovation, there are about the same number of women as there are men. Special mention should be made of three gastronomic divas: Ketevan Mindorashvili, Meriko Gubeladze and Tekune Gachechiladze .
Ketevan is an amazing personality whose spectrum of talents ranges from polyphonic singing to cooking. Because of her, John Wurdman stayed in Georgia. Thanks to this family creative duo, the aforementioned Pheasant’s Tears restaurant appeared, where Ketevan was in charge of the gastronomic part. In Tbilisi, she put on cuisine in restaurants such as Azarpesha and Polyphony. Both places are renowned for their respectful treatment of traditional regional recipes, neat creativity without unnecessary monograms and flaunting, and an excellent wine list.
- Tekuna Gachechiladze
Tekuna – a prominent figure on TV – supports the idea of free circulation with recipes, for example, makes chakapuli (stew with herbs and tkemali) not with lamb, but with mussels. “The cuisine of Georgia, like any country, which was often conquered by one or the other, is initially fusion. In the 13th century, the Mongols brought us their mantas in the shape of a month, and then our ancestors, who worshiped the sun, twisted them into round, spiral khinkali. “Tekuna runs two restaurants: Culinary, with a chef’s table, where she gives private cooking lessons, and Littera, where everyone hangs out for dinner in the shady garden in the summer.
Meriko Gubeladze , who at one time lived in New York and Mexico City for a long time, has her TV show, where she promotes organic products and Georgian cuisine in spirit, not in form. Her restaurants turn out to be cosmopolitan, relaxed in a good way, perfectly suited for long friendly gatherings: Lisi Lake, Cafe Leila and Shavi Lomi.
If you like such atypical places without the dominance of tourists and “khinkali-phali-khachapuri” – all the listed restaurants are definitely recommended for visiting.
Georgia, which is impossible not to fall in love with!
At the end of July we finally visited Georgia! Over the past couple of years, this country has suddenly become very popular – many of our acquaintances enthusiastically talked about their trips to the mountains, to the sea, on a ski vacation in winter, or just on a weekend in Tbilisi, so after hearing a lot of positive feedback, we really wanted see it all with your own eyes.
At the beginning of summer, we did not even think about a trip to Georgia, especially to the mountains, especially so spontaneously. But unexpectedly we took part in the competition “Kudablin? Tudablin ”, from the travel supermarket OneTwoTrip, remember, we had a vote on our website, did you choose where to send us to the Caucasus?
Three countries participated in the voting – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, or rather their 3 capitals – Tbilisi, Yerevan and Baku. We have not been to any of these cities, each country was new and interesting for us! Of course, we guessed that Georgia would win, but that with such a clear margin, we could not have predicted for sure.
According to the terms of the competition, during the trip we also had to complete the task, which, by the way, you also chose for us 🙂 namely, we had to appreciate the Caucasian hospitality on ourselves! About whether we coped with this task or not – I will tell in this article a little later, and first I will share the highlights and photos of our trip as a whole, I will tell you about how Georgia met us, where we visited and what we managed to see.
And in the following articles I will describe in even more detail all those cool places that we visited this time, as well as write about what regions there are in Georgia, where it is worth going and how best to plan your route through this wonderful country.
By the way, during the trip we posted a lot of photos on our instagram, so if you are still not with us, subscribe, and see all photos from Georgia under the # lifeintravels_gruzia tag.
So, what did we know about Georgia before the trip? We heard about sympathetic and pleasant people, we knew that Georgian cuisine is very tasty, and that the country has amazing nature, especially with regard to the mountains.
Since this was our first visit to a country that has long been heard, we wanted to catch more attention, but at the same time we realized that it was unrealistic to visit all regions within the framework of one trip, except perhaps to go for 3 months at once.
I read a huge amount of information on the Internet, and partly based on this, we built our route. As a result, we saw fantastic mountains, tasted the most delicious dishes of national cuisine, talked with good-natured Georgians, visited ancient towns and monasteries in them, and of course, both tourist and completely atypical routes, known only to local residents, passed in the capital 🙂
Why did information from the Internet help only partially? Because, for example, we spent most of the time in the Kazbegi area, in the ski resort of Gudauri, and the fact is that before the trip, I did not find a single intelligible article about vacation at this resort in the summer.
On the contrary, all the time, all the sites and blogs appearing in the tops of search engines in Georgia broadcast one message – they say there is nothing to do there in the summer, and if it is still worth going to Kazbegi (this is not about climbing Mount Kazbek), and you can do it make one day from Tbilisi, then Gudauri is definitely a winter resort and in the summer there is nothing to do there, period. Moreover, many went to Kazbegi passing by Gudauri, without even stopping there.
I understand why everyone writes like that – it’s just that many themselves have not been there in the summer and have not seen that beauty, did not go to trekking and do not know that they are there at all.But in vain ..
In Gudauri you can, and definitely need to go in the summer, in the cool, to cool off from the sweltering heat. At the same time, the mountains are not necessarily a multi-day hike with a heavy backpack, tent and provisions, you can live in hotels and make one-day excursions.
I remember we had a similar shock effect from the island of Nusa Penida in Indonesia, about which we also read that there is practically nothing to do there, for a maximum of 2 days to arrive, and when we arrived, it seemed like a week was not enough for us.
However, this also concerns the beloved Thai Phangan, on both islands we visited a dozen picturesque places, unknown viewing platforms and lost trails in the jungle, which are not described anywhere. So, the lack of information on the Internet is not a reason to make your choice in favor of other promoted places, at least for us this is the basic principle in all trips 🙂
But back to Georgia!
Where did you not go and why?
We had enough sea in Asia, and then in Malta and Greece, where we were a month earlier, so Batumi and the entire coast were not even considered, besides, I am more than sure that after the Caribbean turquoise transparent sea, Black You will definitely not surprise me with the sea, especially with the resort, in the midst of the season 🙂
The situation is similar with the sun-drenched valleys and vineyards, we also visited them in Greece a week earlier, so the sunny region of Kakheti was left for the next time.
There is also an interesting Tusheti, but the trip there needs to be thought out in great detail, so we decided to leave it for another time, just like the gorgeous mountains of Svaneti.
We booked a flight and a hotel in Tbilisi through the OneTwoTrip website – they position themselves as “a supermarket of independent travel with low prices for flights and accommodation, as well as an attractive bonus program. ” Through them, you can buy air and railway tickets, book hotels and take out insurance, it is convenient that everything is in one place, especially when it comes to a mobile application.
If possible, we always try to issue tickets through OneTwoTrip, because, firstly, in your personal account there is a convenient notebook, from which both data on passengers are substituted, you do not need to re-enter them every time, and card data for payment.
And secondly, for bookings they give cashback, the so-called tripcoins (their own, internal bonus currency that can be spent on subsequent trips) – depending on the type of card and the method of purchase 3-10% of the hotel price, 1-6 % – from air tickets and 1-3% – from railway tickets.Those. it turns out, though small, but a discount.
As for the hotel, we liked Terrace Avlabari. I liked it because, firstly, it is conveniently located, within walking distance to the center,
and secondly, despite its 3-star rating, it looks very decent (the hotel is new, opened recently),
and thirdly, there is a very cool roof terrace overlooking the city.
When booking a hotel on the OneTwoTrip website, I liked the convenient, structured and visual selection of various options for one object (with and without breakfast, cheaper, but no cancellation, or slightly more expensive, but with the possibility of free cancellation).
Another interesting point is a map with various infrastructure facilities, with which you can see the location of the hotel on the map, relative to attractions, airport, railway stations, etc.
Our acquaintance with Georgia began, of course, from the capital – we walked both in the new Tbilisi and in the Old one,
and there are a lot of dilapidated housing, especially in typical Tbilisi courtyards, but there are many places where they hang announcements that renovation is expected soon, which is already good! After all, these houses are so unusual!
Look at the city from a bird’s eye view – everywhere here it is the main point of the compulsory program 🙂
Surprisingly, the view from a lower point, from the Narikala fortress, I liked more than from the top of Mtatsminda. Both sites can be reached on foot, or by transport – a cable car leads to the first, and a funicular to the second.
Many residents do not like the mixing of styles, they even riot and go to rallies when modern objects, such as the Bridge of Peace, suddenly appear in the historical center.
Although in my opinion, it does not spoil the view of the city at all, especially the historical part with sulfur baths, a fortress, a canyon and temples is located a little to the side.
I will definitely write more about what to see in the capital, where to find interesting courtyards with colorful balconies and funny stretched clotheslines, unusual entrances and other sights of Tbilisi.
In order to get acquainted with the Georgian mountains, we chose the Kazbegi region.
- Firstly, it is easy to get there from Tbilisi.
- Secondly, there are many simple, including one-day routes, there is no need to travel with tents / backpacks, and besides, there are much fewer people here than in Svaneti.
- Thirdly, on the eve of winter, we really wanted to find out what happened to the skiing, because the largest and most popular ski resort in Georgia, Gudauri, is located in the Kazbegi region – to assess the size of the mountains, the variety of slopes, elevation changes and service (hotels, housing, shops, lifts).
Despite the lack of reviews about Gudauri in the summer, we still went there, I was hooked by photos and announcements of hikes, including very short ones – one-day, on 2 sites about a hotel and a travel agency organizing winter and summer holidays in Gudauri.Subsequently, we met both the guide from this travel agency, and the hotel manager, and thanks to such acquaintances, we enjoyed the Kazbegi region, and in particular the Gudauri mountain resort to the fullest!
There will be separate articles on all this. I have already shown a bit of Gudauri in the article “Summer Results”, and on Instagram, 80% of the photos are from Georgia, I have it from this mountainous region.
The most striking places are the Aragvi gorge and the trail to Lomisi, the Gveleti waterfall and the Gergeti church in the village of Stepantsminda.They caused a stormy delight, the valley of Sno and Chaukhi, I did not want to leave there at all,
and the top of Sadzeli, where we walked at an elevation of 3268 m 🙂
In terms of winter recreation, we also explored everything, and even caught fire ourselves come back here to ride, prices are very bribing (in comparison with the same Italy, not to mention France and Switzerland), and the tracks themselves are not bad – their total length is 50 km, and the longest descent from the top is about 7 km, with a drop heights of 1200 m.
Mtskheta and Uplistsikhe
After the mountains we returned to Tbilisi, from where we rolled to Mtskheta and Uplistsikhe – these 2 places are not so big, so it is easy to see them in one day.
Mtskheta is the oldest capital of Georgia, and for some reason it was remembered not for its temples and streets, but for the most delicious and fresh churchkhella made of pomegranate juice with walnuts))
Well, and Uplistsikhe is a rather unusual cave city, a couple of hours you can definitely spend there.
Earlier we never communicated with Georgians especially closely, and in my head there was a stereotype that these people are rather hot-tempered, hot-tempered and aggressive. In fact, after this trip, we got the impression, almost the opposite, that Georgians are quite calm, unhurried, relaxed and incredibly good-natured people.
Their relaxation was especially noticeable in the example of taxi drivers. When we left for Gudauri, we arrived at the bus station in Tbilisi and began to find out how to get there.We, of course, were occupied by taxi drivers and offered to take a taxi – in principle, the price would suit us if we could find two more passengers in the car.
The driver went looking for fellow travelers, and his friend calmly and somehow humanly told us why he could not take the two of us for the same amount. That he has a family, and our sum will hardly cover the cost of gasoline, etc., but at the same time, all this happened in a positive way, without trying to put pressure on pity and without aggression.
Nobody tried to tell us the price 3 times higher, did not grab our hands, as it happens, for example, in India, did not shout curses after us when we decided not to wait and go by minibus. In general, solid positive and constructive =)
Another example is hitchhiking. There is no public transport in Gudauri, and we had to drive several kilometers along the highway. We went out onto the road, raised our hand and literally the third car stopped, despite the fact that in the first two there were simply no seats, and the drivers shrugged their shoulders with regret – they say we would have taken it, but nowhere.
Those people we encountered in public places, on the streets, in transport, as a rule, were smiling, open, happy to help and suggest something to us, tourists. With several locals, we talked more closely and again – we only got pleasure from it.
At the same time, we have never met negatively addressed to us – there were those who criticized the Russian government and the president, but at the same time they all said that their attitude did not concern ordinary people, and Russians and Georgians were fraternal peoples . ..
In general, we have a very positive impression of communicating with Georgians, everything went great, but the trip was coming to an end, and with our task – to appreciate the hospitality, we somehow did not work out. We already thought that after all, this is another stereotype, but at the very end there was a little adventure =)
Let me remind you that the task was as follows: “Visit a local family and appreciate the Caucasian hospitality” .In general, initially, when you voted for this option, the task seemed to us quite simple. Previously, we very actively used couchsurfing in our travels and we had the opportunity to visit many families around the world.
But this time in Georgia we didn’t have much time, so we didn’t write off anyone in advance and didn’t make an agreement, and we didn’t manage to get to know someone very closely on the spot. So, until the last moment, we thought about how we should be with the task and already almost resigned ourselves to the fact that we would not be able to complete it.
We flew back to St. Petersburg with a long, almost a day, stop in Baku (we specially took such tickets). Somehow we had absolutely no preparation for the trip to Baku, so we spontaneously spoke to a Caucasian-looking man who was sitting in the next seat on the plane to learn something useful about the city. They asked if he was local and if he could recommend some place in the center where the food is tasty and not too expensive.
He said that he knew and could advise only those places where the food was very good and very expensive)) We got into a conversation, chatted a little while flying, and before saying goodbye he said – write down my number, call when you are going to have dinner, and I I will tell you something or I will come and show you.And he added – just be sure to call, don’t dine without me!
We walked for a couple of hours in the city center, then called Elchin, made an appointment, and half an hour later a black Mercedes came for us =)
Our new friend said that we were his guests and took him to a restaurant to his cousin where gastronomic madness awaited us!
We sat at the table for 3 hours and during this time we ate so much that, probably, lunch for three would be enough)) We also tried Azerbaijani soup, and snacks, and salads, and of course – meat, and in several forms: shish kebab from pork, lamb shish kebab, rib meat, kebab and it seems something else, in the end we lost count (Lesha was especially delighted), so it’s hard to say how many changes of dishes there were))
After a super – For a hearty dinner, Elchin drove us around the city for another 2 hours, showed us interesting places in Baku, talked about the city and about himself. It turned out that he is a businessman, selling clothes that he makes in China and supplies them to his wholesale warehouses in Moscow, Baku and Tbilisi. In general, a very serious comrade, but now he found the time and desire to communicate with us, show the city, and even treat us.
After we said goodbye to him, for a long time we could not come to our senses and understand what it was all about. How could a completely unfamiliar fellow traveler on the plane turn out to be so cordial, open and hospitable, and what motives prompted him to do so.But in any case, we were very touched by such an attitude and happy with this casual acquaintance.
Honestly, it’s hard to imagine that a Russian businessman would treat Azeri travelers like that))
Well, how do you like Georgia? What impressed you the most? What do you want to see articles about first of all? Share in the comments! Or maybe you yourself have been to Georgia? What do you remember?
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Georgia – in 2021
What to see in Georgia
Let us now figure out in order what to do and where to run, as soon as you find yourself on Georgian soil.
You will most likely start your acquaintance with Georgia from its capital – the city of Tbilisi. Let’s start with him and we. Tbilisi is a relatively small city, with a population of about 1 million, so most of it can be explored on foot. The old town, with its small courtyards, narrow streets and ancient facades, is a great place to take a stroll. There are also the famous sulfur baths , from which the city actually began – the first settlements arose just near the sulfur springs.
Nearby are the Narikala Fortress and the Peace Bridge – excellent examples of ancient and modern architecture. Well, somewhere between them, there is a monument of Soviet architecture, which is less and less in Georgia, – Rustaveli Avenue, topped by Freedom Square. All this mixed with numerous cafes, restaurants and parks will keep you in Tbilisi for several days.
Other places of interest
Not far from Tbilisi, namely in 15 kilometers, there is the city of Mtskheta . This is the ancient capital of Georgia, and today it is a truly sacred place. There are many monasteries and cathedrals here, some of which are included in the World Heritage List. This ancient city is the main place of pilgrimage for many Georgian believers.
We should also mention the so-called Georgian cave cities. Upliskhitsa, or “fortress of God” , is located west of Tbilisi on the road to Kutaisi. This memorial is several thousand years old, and its numerous tunnels, halls and temples will amaze you with their majesty.In the south of Georgia, near the Turkish border, you can find the city of Vardzia carved into the rock . It is located far from big cities, but in terms of its scale it is the coolest cave place in Georgia, which is definitely worth a visit. Well, to finish the theme of caves – before reaching Kutaisi there is a small town Tskhaltubo , where you can find many karst caves, the most popular of which is Prometheus . The cave goes 11 kilometers deep, and its incredible halls, underground lakes and rivers leave an unforgettable experience.
But there are enough underground beauties, as we know that you came to Georgia primarily for the mountainous landscapes. And since we are already close to Kutaisi, then you should definitely look into the mysterious Svaneti , the most traditional and, perhaps, the least promoted (but in vain!) Region of Georgia. It is not easy to get there, the way from the nearest big city, Kutaisi, will take about 4 hours, due to the abundance of mountain serpentine. But I guarantee – all these 4 hours you will not come off the window, the nature is so good there.A separate attraction is the Svan towers, local traditional defensive buildings, erected about 1 thousand years ago.
The main city of Svaneti is Mestia , a kind of tourist center of the region. It is located in a picturesque valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides, it even has its own airport (for flights of the local airline from Tbilisi) and a ski resort. What is also worth mentioning, but there is no point in telling much, is the cuisine of Svaneti.You will not find much of what and how they cook here in other parts of Georgia. Svaneti is a must visit.
Since we have already started talking about ski resorts, we cannot fail to mention the main one in Georgia – Gudauri . This resort is located along the famous Georgian Military Highway, north of Tbilisi. The height of the slopes ranges from 2 to 3 thousand meters. The infrastructure is at the highest level, everything you need for excellent skiing is here. Including a number of freeride slopes, which will be especially appreciated by experienced skiers and snowboarders.
However, behind the mountains, caves and cities, we forgot about the main hedonistic paradise of Georgia. Of course, we are talking about the region Kakheti , east of Tbilisi, the birthplace of most Georgian wines. It takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to get here from the capital, so you can limit yourself to 1 day of visit. Still, it is better to stay for a few days, visit the town Sighnaghi with a magnificent view of the famous Alazani Valley, feel the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy wine.
Finally, let’s not forget about the Black Sea coast. The sea heart of Georgia is Batumi . Perhaps this is the most modern city in Georgia, here, like nowhere else, you can see and feel the changes throughout the country over the past decade. The modern architecture that makes Batumi the business and financial capital of Georgia, works of art and monuments from the 21st century are all in contrast to the more traditional Tbilisi.In addition to business centers, the best hotels of the country are also concentrated here, most of the world chains are represented. Today in Batumi you can relax on the coast in the highest class, no worse than in the famous European resorts. Multimillion investments are doing their job, turning Batumi into a real pearl of the Black Sea.