Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tbilisi: Marjanishvili

Marjanishvili is a neighborhood in Tbilisi. It's been undergoing renovation like so much of Georgia.

Tbilisi, Georgia. Marjanishvili.

There's a metro station here. A McDonald's. Several guesthouses or hostels. Numerous tiny fruit and vegetable markets. A Russian Orthodox church. Small, human-scale lanes.

Tbilisi, Georgia. Marjanishvili neighborhood.



Irina's in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.
A few weeks ago, Sandy and I spent Saturday night at Irina's Guesthouse. The hostel takes up a portion of this building - a two-level, maze-like place with many bathrooms, two kitchens, and an assortment of rooms filled with beds and antique furniture. Irina owns the apartment; I think the apartment has belonged to her family since her childhood.









Irina's in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.














Sandy and I enjoyed the exclusive use of a four-bed dormer. We met a trio of Swiss cyclists who've been wheeling around Eurasia since September or October. A Korean family was also in residence; parents and two or three young'ns.













Irina's in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.





Sandy had this intriguing, and a little creepy, sight from her bed.

Chucky















Irina's in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.







Cozy kitchen upstairs.















Russian Orthodox Church in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.


 
We went into the Russian Orthodox Church, a breath of artistic fresh air, outside the Georgian Orthodox design norm.
















Russian Orthodox Church in Marjanishvili. Tbilisi, Georgia.


This weekend was a milestone in the Lenten season, so there were many worshipers entering the church, sharing or receiving food, lighting candles, getting blessings.







Tbilisi, Georgia. Marjanishvili. Russian Orthodox Church.


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