The inhabitants of Svaneti - the Svans - make a point of honor in keeping their traditions alive through polyphonic singing for instance.
Here is one of the most interesting and unusual place in Georgia : the Abastumani observatory is a authentic soviet scientific town, hidden in a pine tree forest. Built in the 1920', it is still functional and hosts year-round astronomers, as well as visitors and tourists that comes for a one-evening observation of the Moon, Venus, or Jupiter.
Just like in Cappadoccia (Turkey), the hills here seem empty and the plains hold plenty of tunnels and secret halls. These cavities were used to hide the population during invasions. Here we are in a ancient troglodyte church, dating from the 7th century. The entrance is on the bottom left.
In the countryside, some families prepare fresh cheese every morning. Recommended address for those who will go to Georgia, in Vardzia.