Last year we had the chance to go to Georgia a week, and were able to visit three cities Batumi, Borjomi, and Tbilisi. Now honestly speaking, I did not know much about Georgia until a couple years ago. But we had a wonderful trip there and would welcome another trip back anytime! As with most of our travels, we only barely scratched the surface and there is so much left to explore and experience there.
Georgia is a Caucus country on the Black Sea. It neighbors Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey. We started out our trip in the coastal town Batumi. Batumi is about a 6 hour drive from Tbilisi, the capital. Driving in Georgia is not for the faint of heart. One of the Georgian men my husband was working with told us the joke, “In Georgia you will die from 2 things: a car accident, or a Russian sniper.” [Insert wide-eyed, red-faced emoji here.]
Upon arriving to Batumi, we checked into our hotel and were welcomed with a fabulous room. It was probably once of the nicest we’ve ever stayed in, with an almost panoramic view over the whole city. These are the perks of traveling to countries where your dollar goes far! We had some dinner and started walking around the city. It was March when we visited, and Batumi was feeling much warmer than still freezing Kyiv. We walked out to Europe Square, a square that pulls elements from other well-known European cities.
From there we went out to the beach promenade area. There is a big park that lies along the coast, full of vendors, playgrounds, and a few restaurants. We came across a man with basically some suped up power wheels and decided to let the kids go for a ride. My husband was in tears laughing at them. Neither one of them could steer it, so the guy walked around with them steering the car with a long pole. This was a few bucks well spent, we spent probably 30 minutes watching them cruise around.
The next morning we walked around Nurigeli Lake. There is a zoo and dolphinarium there but I believe they were both closed when we were there. We opted for carnival rides instead. Even just walking around the city would’ve been entertainment enough. It is a great place to enjoy nice weather, parks, and the beach.
We had lunch at the top of the Hilton and had the restaurant to ourselves, which was nice for the kids. No worries about disturbing anyone else. And the view from the top was phenomenal. There’s also an outdoor deck for better viewing. The restaurant is also a club at night, so if you have kids and want to see the view, definitely go earlier in the day.
We didn’t have very long to stay in Batumi, about 24 hours in total. It was very quiet while we were there, this is definitely a resort town. We were there in the off season so there wasn’t a whole lot going on. I’m sure in the summer it is bustling! Even though it was short and sweet, we really enjoyed our time in Batumi!