Georgia is one of those countries arousing curiosity because of its location. On the doorstep of Europe, yet part of Asia, neighbour of the Russian Federation and, indeed, for a long time part of the Soviet Union, yet proudly independent, neighbouring muslim Turkey and Azerbaijan yet almost homogeneously Orthodox Christian, the country has several traits making it a special one.
On our way to skiing at Gudauri, in the north of Georgia, we passed Ananuri, a combined fortress and church next to the Georgian Military Highway. It was a beautiful day, the sky was an impeccable blue, and we had just started to spot the first snow around us.
Although just the other side is Chechnya, it is worth making the effort to come here for the amazing view. The hike up to the monastery- Tsminda Sameba is pretty much straight up! It is a magical place