In Georgia's No.2 city I headed to the Green Bazaar,to see its beautiful gates and try out churchkhela-a local speciality.Then I had a nice Khachapuri and I headed over to the center to see the Colchis Fountain,a very beautiful place with a lot of statues that represent archeological discoveries from the ancient times,when the Kingdom of Colchis ruled over the region.
In the eight day I took a short $0.40 marshrutka ride to the nearby town of Tskaltubo,famous for its long-abandoned sanatoriums from the soviet times.Former spa resorts for the elite and also for the workers,they are now famous among the urban explorers.There are many buildings,and many of them have been closed off now to be renovated.One of the buildings is the home of a group of Georgians that fled from Abkhazia to avoid the conflict,so you have to choose carefully which buildings to explore.
I went to the Bathhouse Number 8,which was builded for Stalin himself and also to the Sanatorium Iveria.
In the ninth day,I found myself back in Kutaisi,where I headed over to the main square,to take a $10 taxi to Gelati Monastery,which is an UNESCO world heritage site.
The inside of the monastery has very beautiful frescoes,and the view across the hills and valleys is very picturesque.I spent a few hours there and then I went back to Kutaisi to take a marshrutka to Batumi.The ride was $4 and 2 and a half hours long.