The Telegraph names Tbilisi one of “21 European cities you never thought to visit – but definitely should”

3 Apr 2017

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By Lali Tsertsvadze

Review by the Journalist of Agenda.ge

Agenda.ge,3 Apr 2017 Tbilisi,Georgia


The Telegraph, a major British media outlet, publishes a list of "underrated European destinations” that are perfect for a "weekend of great food, rich culture and splendid sights.”

The Georgian capital city of Tbilisi is one of the destinations in the list.

The collection is named "21 European cities you never thought to visit – but definitely should”. Tbilisi is the fourth city mentioned in the piece.

In the Tbilisi section, the author links three older Telegraph articles where the Georgian capital is described by either their writers or celebrities.

The author of the first article is Claire Allfree, who visited Georgia in 2012 and wrote a travel piece on the city.

"These days, its fine Art Nouveau buildings and pretty, traditional balconied houses are what some would call shabby chic: if any city needed a good lick of Farrow and Ball, this one does. Yet new hotels and shopping malls are springing up and gentrification is under way in its more historic districts. Determinedly looking towards Europe, Tbilisi feels like a city finally coming into itself,” Allfree writes.

In the second article, London-based Georgian singer Katie Melua describes her feelings for Tbilisi.

"It’s steeped in history – the Old Town, with its twisting alleys, is particularly fascinating – and has some beautiful churches dating back hundreds of years. Unlike London, it’s a very hilly city with the advantage being you can enjoy the most fabulous views from certain points. It’s a city that’s very much off the beaten track. Not many tourists have been there, which makes it all the more worth visiting,” she says.

In the third and final article by travel editor Oliver Smith, Tbilisi is named among "17 amazing places UK airlines should wake up and launch flights to.”

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