John's Travel Blog

Insights on traveling in Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey


Singing for the Saints at Betania Monastery

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Sometimes in Georgia, it’s hard to get any work done. The culture demands a more nuanced, flexible approach to life than just adhering to 8-hour work days. Here’s one example … Read More

Chant in Anchiskhati basilica, Tbilisi

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Yesterday, I had the fortune to sing liturgical chants with the Anchishati Choir, in the Anchiskhati Church in Tbilisi.     I had gone to the church to attend a … Read More

Kashweti Church – Great Lent begins

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              Today is Forgiveness Sunday at the Kashweti Church of St. George, a major church in downtown Tbilisi that welcomes some 300-500 parishioners through its hammered metal doors every … Read More

The stone-carvings at Nikortsminda cathedral

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The monastery church of Nikortsminda is one of the most unique churches in the Caucasus region. For starters, it is built high in the Rachan highland region, making it difficult … Read More

Gergeti Sameba Monastery

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The monastery of Gergeti Sameba in the Kazbegi highlands is one of the most iconic places one can visit in the whole South Caucasus. It is one of the most … Read More

Martvili Canyon

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The Martvili Canyon is a natural wonder in the Samegrelo region of Georgia, near the town of Martvili. Also called the Gachedili Canyon, it is about a 45 minute drive … Read More

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