Mother Georgia gazes down over her people, and me.
I fell for it, all the bottles were empty, I've never been lucky.
No, this is not as old as it looks, constructed as recently as 2010. It was designed and built by Revaz Gabriadze, a Georgian with many arty attributes.
It fronts a puppet theatre in Tbilisi old town, the tiles too were designed by the same guy.
Known as the clock tower or Angel tower, as on the hour every hour an angel comes out and strikes the bell, (as seen in the first snap)
The enttrance to the puppet theatre is adorned with some lovely "aged" snaps of various puppets in action
I loved the old wooden doors to what I guess were once proud old homes, now tenement buildings maybe, shabby chic is a suitable phrase to use.
But my god they are gorgeous, crafted out of real wood, by craftsmen, carpenters years served in the trade.
Now? I guess real doors are available, at a price, but most are made by machine, composite materials used in construction.
No five point locking mechanisms, just wrought iron gills to prevent access by intruder and interloper.
Sometimes one just has to push a door open and see what life lies beyond
Or, stick the lens through an open window
Now, Tbilisi does have some modern structures away from the old town, not as much character but none the less some admirable architecture.
The Bridge of Peace, spans the Kura River, constructed of glass and steel, it opened in 2010
It was designed by an Italian, Michele De Lucchi and it was actually built in Italy, before being transported to Tbilisi on 200 trucks.
It has been given the unfortunate nickname of the "Always Ultra" bridge due to its apparent likeness to an ahem....ladies' product.
Moving swiftly on
Across the Kura River, stands the "Rike jugs", buit in 2012,at a cost of 21million euros as what was intended to be Tbilisi's concert hall, never finished never a performance held. It was recently sold on an online auction, ( well I didn't see it on ebay) for just under 3 million euros. OOPS, someone fucked up.
A rather fancy structure built the same time as the jugs, this is a rather grand local government building.
Once again architects from Italy undertook the project and it now houses various govt. departments.
Tbilisi. The end. Soon darkness will be upon us.