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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Friday, 17 May 2019

Location: Kazbegi, Georgia

Not much to say about today other than spectacular!

We were taken by four by four out to the Gereti Sameba Monastery in an incredible hilltop setting. Nearby the church are the start of many tracks which lead up and across Mount. It takes four days from here.

Lunch for us was in a family home which gave some of us fuel to travel by four by four along a dead end Dirt track along the Sno Valley. It was a fabulous ride. We passed along the river and melt snow through several small settlements which were all derelict due to rural migration. There is a sign however that some development is beginning to take place. The end of the road is a small settlement called Jura where some wealthy individual is building a very nice hotel and is renovating the little church. The hotel will be ready for the summer....a huge improvement on the b and b we saw mainly for the workers, unbelievable squalor!

From Juta we walked up and across the mountain side for about two hours, a long steep arduous process but well worth it for the spectacular views. And the cost of the four hour excursion....was five pounds per person. What a bargain!

We are really lucky to have had such glorious weather to enable us to visit all of these places and see the country at its best. The first tour before ours could not get up here, having to turn back at the mountain pass which was blocked by snow.