Located in a deep valley, Tbilisi is a city of contrasts built along the riverbank of the Kura and it is situated in the Republic of Georgia.
The architecture here marks a journey through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with balconies on the homes to unique Soviet structures, right up to the ultra-modern skyscrapers and bridges. The old is not overly polished either to be honest, unlike in many other cities that renovate to the point where buildings lose any sense of authenticity and while that has happened to a limited extent, especially in the section of the Old Town around the slopes of Narikala Fortress, huge portions of the city remain untouched by restoration projects.
There are acres of tired, graceful, old buildings with cracked walls and decades of layers of fading and peeling paint. Small and large homes with leaning balconies and ancient wooden doors leading to courtyards with family biographies dating back centuries. Right up my street!
Here are just some of my images taken over the course of eighteen months of places that are now featured on my 1-day walking tours that take place until November this year.