Georgia is a country much more loved and celebrated although it is in the heart of Asia and it is a nation not as renowned or acknowledged as perhaps the most famous Georgian to date Joseph Stalin. This small land of Kartvelians has the elements for potentially becoming an ideal getaway for the alternative independent traveler even if Georgia is not exactly your mainstream tourist destination. Aside from the fact that the food is great, the drink even better, and people’s hospitality are off-the-charts, with a multiplicity of amazing off-the-beaten-path options at super low low costs, most travelers might also find it comforting that Georgia is one of the earliest Christian nations, from 330 AD until the present time. While the oldest person in the world, Antisa Kvichava born in 1880 is Georgian, she stands no comparison to the millennium-old culture and civilizations that have long existed way ahead of her and there perhaps is some crucial reason why in all the years she exists, she opted to stay where her homeland is, and looking through her eyes, this is what the rest of the world needs to see.
Making it largely mountainous to the north, as well as in the south with Lesser Caucasus Mountains, all 69,700 km2 of it is the fact that Georgia is strategically located east of the Black Sea, at the Great Caucasus Mountains along with the incredibly high Gora Kazbek, which is the summit of Georgia at an altitude of 5,048 meters above sea level. Lowlands roll in from the foothills of the Kolkhida Lowland in the west, to the east at the Mtkavri River Basin, where river valley plains finally rest and finally the landscape also includes beautiful lush temperate rain forests that cover 40% of Georgia’s territory, as well as snow zones and glaciers.
While the mountainous regions behold lower and cooler temperatures, while the overall general climate is in truth warm and pleasant, the climate in Georgia is diverse but with two main climate zones, that is the East and the West. Thanks to the Caucasus Mountains that act as barrier and protect this small landmass from the cold air masses from the north, and dry and hot air masses from the south, the weather in Western Georgia is Mediterranean-like to the Black Sea, while Eastern Georgia is subject to humid subtropical-continental climates, where winters are freezing and summers are scorching hot. Suggested as perfect timing at the height of summer, where Tbilisi, the capital, and the lowlands become insufferably warm are what an escape to highlands and foothills, especially the Caucus are.
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