Georgia is the dividing line between Asia and Europe. Once the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia, they were invaded by the Persians, Arabs, Turks, Mongolians, and the Ottomans before being forcibly absorbed into Russia in the 19th Century. After 70 years of communism, independence was declared by Georgia in 1991.

The landscape is mountainous and rugged; the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains lie in the north and south respectively. Largely agricultural, Georgia is famed for its wines. It has been a cultural melting pot for thousands of years and this is evident in Georgia’s culture and food.

Although the economy is slowly recovering and Tbilisi is well set up for tourists, travelling outside of the capital is not so easy. As a traveller you must be very up-to-date with the current situation with Russia. Separatist terrorism means that landmines and kidnappings are not unusual along the border. Do not travel alone or after dark, however, this should not deter you from visiting this cultural and gastronomic gem.

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