The Obligatory Photos of Hagia Sophia

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Day 2 in Kazbegi

Better weather so we decided to walk up to the monastery. The walk took an hour and a half. It was steep, cold and the air was thin. We trudged through last night’s snow. The summit was worth the pain. Those who drove up instead of walking risked getting bogged in the mud. The monastery was small. Centuries of graffiti were etched in the stone walls. Inside UNESCO had helped the monks uncover a 14th century mural of Jesus from beneath several coats of paint. It started to snow again. Some Israelis, once unbogged, kindly let us hitch a lift back down the hill. We caught the 5pm bus back to Tbilisi and finally saw the views we missed the first time.

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An Afternoon at Narikala Fortress

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