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Surprised that I couldn't find a thread for this yet.
From what i hear, it is a beautiful country with a relatively strong Jewish infrastructure. (Minyanim, kosher restaurants in both Tbilisi and Batumi)
Am thinking of planning a trip there in the winter.
Anybody been? Recommendations?

My research so far;

Batumi
Batumi has a nice Hilton
Dolphinarium
Beautiful coastal city
There is a Jewish Center, not sure if it is an official Chabad or what, but i believe they have food as well.

Tbilisi
Has a nice Marriott, walking distance to Chabad
Theres a new Hilton (set to open in September), but it is a bit further out.
Chabad has a restaurant
There are a few more restaurants that are Jewish, but I'm not quite sure if kosher
Tbilisi has chairlift over the city

Kutaisi
Has old shuls, lots of Jewish history

Overall:
Prices are quite low
Modern train between Tbilisi and Batumi with wifi
There is some nice scenery out of the cities, but I need more details

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Trip Reports / Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine 2018 Trip Report
« on: August 15, 2019, 06:03:17 PM »
I know its a been a while since this trip, but perhaps this can still be of help to people.
Note: I originally wrote a long introduction, but to certain reasons decided to skip it on this forum, instead delving right in!
Also, I didn't yet figure out how to add pictures, and don't have the time now, but maybe later on.

Enjoy!

Trip Part 1- Switzerland

Day 1: Titlis with a short stop in Zurich

We arrived in Zurich on time, at approx. 10:30am, picked up our rental car, and headed out for the 2 hour drive to Mt. Titlis.
We enjoyed watching the cows grazing the fields, spotted by chalet-style houses with colorful flowers in the windows, and the more-than-occasional parasailer, along the way.
The views from Mt. Tiltis are magnificent. Hashem blessed us with superb weather; clear, but with fluffy clouds, and cool, but with a strong sun.
The revolving chairlift allowed us to get panoramic views of the ascend. This was the first time we saw snow in the summer so the neflous haBora was evident.
Once on top, we walked the snowy paths to the Bridge. As someone who loves heights, this was magical. We enjoyed the glacier cave, did some scenery-gawking, and another, this time open, chairlift and headed back to the city, once again enjoying the views.
After stopping in the city for Mincha and some food, we headed back to the airport to catch our 9pm flight to VIENNA!

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