A book, a movie and a garden lured me to Georgia - to the Black Sea, the Caucasus, Tbilisi and a semi-desert.
Where does Europe stop in the East? Where does Asia begin? In the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the answer lies between Orthodox churches, morbid Art Nouveau villas and hedonistic nightclubs.
For a few weeks we are already in the Georgian Caucasus and sink deeper and deeper into it. Even if that was never our intention. Actually it should only be a short detour, but then we could not let go of the huge fold mountains. The reason for this is the people here, the snow masses, the gigantic peaks and the legendary monastery, which hides somewhere, very close under the sky.
Crumbling Old Town villas and artfully decorated balconies next to strange excesses of Georgian construction delusion, international supermarket chains next to small mom and pop shops, in which sometimes even a photo of Stalin hangs on the wall ...
Rustavi, 25 kilometers southeast of Tbilisi, is the fourth largest city in Georgia - and probably attracts hardly any foreign visitors. If someone comes, then because of the largest car market in the South Caucasus and not because the city is so pretty. But even without any tourist attractions, the city is worth a visit, because it illustrates the history of Georgia like no other.
In the Little Caucasus is in the luxury car through nowhere, past the mountain panorama and various attractions. All culminates in a hot bath with three Lithuanians in a ruined building - and the realization that you can only expect the unexpected on the road.
Back in Tbilisi, or as it has been called since 1936, Tbilisi (pronounced tiblisi). Only the Germans have not got it yet ... is also pretty Wurscht. Well, that was the trivia of the day, thank you.