Vacationista: Tbilisi, Georgia Day 1 (Funicular)

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My local counterpart based in Georgia invited us to have dinner at the top of a hill, through the Funicular. 


The Funicular is a type of cable railway which brought us to the hilltop, where a ‘castle-like’ structure sits. Here, you can have a nice meal while overlooking the city. She brought a car so we were able to get there without getting lost. Behind the restaurant is a huge park with a playground for kids, though we didn’t go there anymore. 


To get to the top, you’ll need to ride the big cable car (2.5 Gel per way) or even take the stairs (which my boss later on did). 


Going up, you’ll already have a wonderful view of the city.


Once at the top, you’ll be welcomed by a super cool breeze (went there at around 7pm) and a gorgeous view of the city. Passed through the restaurant to go out to see the view.


The building looked so beautiful!


Since the sun sets at around 830pm in Georgia, we were still able to get a dozen or so nice photos and just stare at the view. My photos obviously do not do justice to the vastness and greatness of the Tbilisi view.


Tired from all our smiling for photo ops, we sat down for dinner. First thing the waiter hands over is a thick fleece blanket for each person, because it was really cold up there. Next, my colleague started ordering the best local dishes for the group – grilled trout (so good but not in photos), kachapuri (bread filled with so much cheese, so good too), khinkali (huge dumplings with broth inside, like Taiwan’s xiao long bao), fresh tomato and cucumber salad (their tomatoes are so juicy!), different kinds of pate’s, and for drinks, we ordered some peach and lemon flavored sparkling water and of course, we cannot forget the wine when in Georgia. 


Georgians are heavy drinkers and smokers due to their climate. With some fun company, great ambiance and yummy food, my first Georgian meal was so enjoyable.


We left at around 9pm, I think, so it was a bit dark but still, the view was nice.


Even the façade of the Furnicular at the bottom of the hill looked pretty at night. 


Back in Shota Rustaveli, me and some of my colleagues decided to go for a quick walk. The street was filled with gorgeous buildings. People were scarce so no bumping into strangers here. A few beggars were present but then again, they are everywhere in any part of the world. Took some shots of things I found interesting.


When we got tired – mind you, they had a four hour time difference in Manila being four hours behind – we went back to the hotel to get ready for the next day.

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