This is an ordinary street in the old part of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.
In the 1990's this former Soviet republic was in turmoil with a civil war followed by general lawlessness, kidnappings, killings, armed gangs ruling the streets etc. The old leaders were thrown out in the "Rose revolution" in 2003, and since 2004 the country has been stabilized, seen considerable economic growth and is looking to a future as a Western ally.
There are still political problems, especially due to the short war with Russia in 2008, and growing disappointment with a government which is seen as increasingly authoritarian. On October 1 this year there will be general elections and unrest can unfortunately not be ruled out.
Provided that stability prevails Tbilisi will in the near future no doubt become a "hot spot" for tourists looking for trendy new places to visit after Barcelona, Berlin, Prague etc. The Old town is a maze of narrow alleys with picturesque buildings and churches along a narrow space between a river and a mountain. But all over Tbilisi modern restaurants, bars and clubs are mushrooming, several new luxury hotels have opened in the last few years, there is also plenty of budget accommodation, along all major streets nearly every building is being restored, a spectacular new footbridge was opened recently and lots of new buildings are being projected. I have also heard reports of plans to make the entire city a wi-fi zone. English speaking tourists find it fairly easy to get along.
While lots of money is invested in restoring public buildings, the private houses in the Old town, off the major streets, will for the time being probably not see much improvement. It is a charming area to visit but sadly rundown after many decades of poverty and neglect during Soviet rule and afterwards. The Old town has had a reputation for thefts and muggings, but my impression was that exploring it on foot is nowadays perfectly safe.
I will add two more pictures from Old Tbilisi as workshops.
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serp2000 (40042) 2012-08-23 9:52
Good evening, Gert,
Good title, and interesting register of daily life of Tbilisi. Fine compilation of the old architecture, new technics and new age of Georgians. An interesting WS photos too.
mesutilgim (84442) 2012-08-23 12:04
Hello dear Gert,
Very nice street capture from Tblisi.
Good pov and good layout.Many interesting details.
TFS and best regards
Cricri (106371) 2012-08-23 12:14
Il bien de connaître cette ville, autre que les paysages, le style différents de l'architecture des bâtiments, les détails, couleurs, les deux WS complète celle ci suivi de la note qui est très intéressante
Antipodean (1658) 2012-08-23 13:08
Kia Ora Gert,
Great photo which tells its own story. Always good to capture a 'living' street scene away from the main centre of a city. The young men on the left add human interest. Cheers Neil
emka (79016) 2012-08-23 15:21
Hi Gert, I like such narrow street, here they seem even narrower with this upper part. I would prefer them without cars, though. Interesting architecture. i like the workshop with the courtyard and spiral stairs.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-23 16:28
a superb street atmosphere with spectacular composition and many attractive details, the note is splendid, great photo work,
Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
bayno (18342) 2012-08-23 23:13
I read with interest your note and saw the two WS, very nice the man with the stick, with your work you have given us a good idea of what may be the city and made me want to come visit...nice job...color and sharp are ok...
have a good day...
saxo042 (37568) 2012-08-24 0:30
All three pictures here are very and provide interesting street scenes. Workshop #2 is probably my favourite. In workshop #1 I see a nice spriral stair that maybe could have been a motive by itself, picture from the top and down... This main picture contains an abundance of details and colours.
wolf38 (31280) 2012-08-24 2:09
Hello Gert. Your contribution to TE is a successful combination of photo, title, - and above all the detailed text. I wish the country Georgia, that it is politically stable. When I look at the photo, it is meaningful even without additional text. Best regards, Wolfgang.
ourania (31137) 2012-08-24 2:26
another very interesting picture from Tbilisi. I like very much how you have combined the view to a central and a side street and included so much information about the architecture, atmosphere and daily life there. The three boys animate the scene but hints about the way of living there are abundant all over the frame. Depth, lighting and clarity are excellent. I love the spontaneity and naturalness of the shot. The workshops pictures are a great contribution to our thorough comprehension of this place, I particularly like the second one. Congratulations and thank you, also for making so familiar a place I knew nothing about before!
All the best, have a great day,
Nicou (122146) 2012-08-24 2:30
quel captage de cette rue sueprbe quelle scène viviante colorée de tous le jour avec ces maisons sueprbe ensemble et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (97527) 2012-08-24 3:09
an interesting street reportage and presentation of daily life in Tbilisi. Amazing narrow street in center. Also good complementary WS. Photos I like.
Have a nice WE.
jhm (139268) 2012-08-24 3:14
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
I've with a lot attention looked to your two workshop pictures.
All three your pictures are very good made with a very good view about this city part.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
daddo (24257) 2012-08-24 4:45
Hi Gert. I see that your itchy feet are taking you to far flung parts. I had always dreamed of seeing Tbilisi before the modernization or westernization hits it. I see by your picture that the charm is still there and I guess the topographical setting must be stunning as well. regards. Klaudio.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-24 6:36
A wonderful array of architecture and colours. I like the totally unplanned look of the place. Nicely seen and captured.
abmdsudi (43594) 2012-08-24 10:25
Uniqueness of the charming architecture I find most attractive here and one could easily spend the whole day here, absorbing the atmosphere of an old era at the same time. The contrasting colours are fantastic in a amazing detail to illustrate your usual technical quality. Walking the narrow street is a delightful experience surely, probably one of the most appealing section of this old town, and the pastel colors are awesome and the extra further background make this such a beautiful place to photograph. Human interaction have brought some life to cheer up this spot really well. Old town feel beautifully shot, Congrats, TFS
The additonal pictures are equally informative and enjoyable.
marabu61 (8385) 2012-08-24 14:12
Looks as if Tbilisi has some nice photo oportunities to offer.
Very pleasing shot of a corner off the beaten path. The bar to the left looks very inviting.
dkmurphys (49372) 2012-08-25 4:44
Charming narrow street and interesting urban chaos. I like the atmosphere, well taken.
fabbs99 (16167) 2012-08-25 23:45
Very beautiful view of the town.In this image we can see a group of boys crossing the road,a lady in the shop,cars parked in the alley,telephone booth and surprsingly a pair of AC coolers.With the hills in the background I thought Tbilisi must be a cool place.Quite an informative image.
Thanks and have a great sunday.
bukitgolfb301 (36002) 2012-08-26 0:21
Hi dear Gert, how are you?
You get and share with another good tasteful shot.
NIce country side image indeed. This is a Capital, that never seems to be as such as me. Very peaceful and calm country. In the future I would like to visit. Maybe this country can be "Buhutan" in Europe.
Thank you for your sharing and have a good Sunday!
Takero from Tokyo
Glint (6167) 2012-08-26 5:23
you travel to some very intersting places and I feel I am there with you when you post your photos. This helps me to imagine what it would be like to be there, exploring the old streets. I would very much like to slip up that narrow street in search of Tbilisi's old houses. Fortunatley you have posted to good workshop images for us to see more of the place. I especially like the old house with the balcony.What a pity that it is in such poor condition.
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-08-29 10:43
Another nice Tbilisi shot showing a city in the midst of change, Gert - that has definitely been a theme of your Georgia shots. This one really gives a sense of what the city must be like, from the narrow alleyway to the beautiful balcony, but a hint of the bars and nightclubs you mention in your note.
Angshu (55669) 2012-09-03 22:45
Seeing the picture at first glance, this could be any one of those colonial towns with the arched balconies & window designs. It is interesting when we read your note about Tbilisi...I liked the WS#1, where you showed the courtyard, the hanging clothes & tell us about the smells apart from the sight. Very interesting troica of pictures alongwith a fine informative note as always!
fritzi007 (5478) 2012-09-15 4:13
wirklich interessant das Leben in dieser Stadt, die Schrift und Alles.
Wünsch dir einen schönen Tag
Kielia (23581) 2012-09-18 8:58
you are presenting us again very interesting photo work in the best spirit of this site! The accompanying note and the very well working POV are giving us a very good idea of the new Tbilisi. The composition, where the modern cars in the narrow street play an important role, is very successful.
My compliments also for the photos in WS!
Miguel82 (23461) 2013-08-09 3:01
Your comment is interesting and gives me many information about Tbilissi and the situation in Georgia, it may serve for future visitors
I like that street report, I can see the architecture and the alphabet used in that place
Have a nice day
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-08-21 21:57
The photo drew me in, and your note is fascinating, Gert.
Along with some of my high school friends, I visited Georgia back in the mid-70s, during a 2 week trip to Russia, which I thought would never end. So it is a real surprise to me to hear the word 'trendy' associated with Tbilisi. But that is the whole point of TE, isn't it? To surprise one another with information, insights and interesting photographs like this one. Just when we thought we knew a city...