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EMOTION IN GEORGIA – AN UPDATE FOR 2011: A talk by Peter Nasmyth




 





















 


 


 

Members of the NKTA celebrating the Georgian Christmas Day on Saturday 7 January 2012 at the home of Chair Sonia Fisher. 

The Association wish all their friends in Georgia and abroad a very Happy New Year.

Photos of the high mountains of the Caucasus down to the sweeping valleys of Svaneti were shown to members & friends of NKTA on Monday 21st March when the well known travel writer and photographer, Peter Nasmyth gave one of his famed presentations on the country he knows so well, Georgia.

The audience was fascinated by Peter's anecdotes on living there. Being a resident for twenty-five years he has seen amazing changes, many very much for the better. He owns the book and coffee shop Prospero's in Tbilisi - the mecca for all readers of the English language.

His photos showed how well old Georgian buildings, largely constructed from wood, are being conserved and restored. Georgia is beginning to realise its architectural heritage and that the country has all the ingredients for making it the most wondrous destination for any discerning traveller. The country can boast hotels and restaurants that are rivalling those of many other western countries. Peter, an enthusiastic walker, showed how he had devised walks that can be undertaken by individuals and groups who wish to explore the fabulous countryside.

 This is only in Georgia one can see unique flora and fauna and, not least, the magnificent Caucasian mountain dog that when, on it's hind legs, can tower above the average man.

It was a most stimulating evening – one that was not to have been missed. CP.














Members' comments:

ANA CHANKVETADZE - It was a great pleasure to meet again members of the NKTA and to attend Peter Nasmyth's talk. It's really nice that nearly 4,000 kilometres away from my hometown you can meet people from whom you always get a warm welcome. This time we met in the new campus of University of Wales near Kutaisi Walk in Newport.
In his talk it was most interesting to hear of his research in comparing and contrasting Georgian architecture and it's Russian roots found, for example, in St. Petersburg.
As for photos, they were really amazing. I have to mention that my friend, Irina from Latvia, has not heard very much about Georgia. Peter could manage to do this in just no more than two hours. She was really excited and wants to thank members of NKTA that she had the opportunity to meet them and attend this wonderful evening.

Peter is so deeply involved and engaged in all spheres of Georgia that he soon will become a real Georgian. His book about walking trips in Georgia is very useful for anyone who has the chance to visit Georgia. But most interesting was his book, 'Timeless' which I will finish reading soon. I just cannot stop reading it, as it is so close to reality.

SYLVIA MASON - What a good friend Peter is to our ANA CHANKVETADZE - It was a great pleasure to meet again members of the NKTA and to attend Peter Nasmyth's talk. It's really nice that nearly 4,000 kilometres away from my hometown you can meet people from whom you always get a warm welcome. This time we met in the new campus of University of Wales near Kutaisi Walk in Newport.
In his talk it was most interesting to hear of his research in comparing and contrasting Georgian architecture and it's Russian roots found, for example, in St. Petersburg.
As for photos, they were really amazing. I have to mention that my friend, Irina from Latvia, has not heard very much about Georgia. Peter could manage to do this in just no more than two hours. She was really excited and wants to thank members of NKTA that she had the opportunity to meet them and attend this wonderful evening.

Peter is so deeply involved and engaged in all spheres of Georgia that he soon will become a real Georgian. His book about walking trips in Georgia is very useful for anyone who has the chance to visit Georgia. But most interesting was his book, 'Timeless' which I will finish reading soon. I just cannot stop reading it, as it is so close to reality.


The high mountains of the Caucasus down to the sweeping valleys of Svaneti

SYLVIA MASON - What a good friend Peter is to our association. We love his visits so much and appreciate his support.

CAROLINE MCLACHAN - For me, the highlights were the wonderful pictures of the traditional houses and dachas. When looking at the latter, I remembered visiting one in the heart of the countryside surrounding Kutaisi. The cherry blossom was out, we ate khatchapuri and drank the black wine that Georgia is famous for whilst listening to piano music played on the grand piano in the anteroom. I wish I were there now and wish I too had an apartment somewhere near Kutaisi.


FLORENCE MARTINELLI - Peter builds his talk extremely well in that he succeeds to infect his audience with his passion for Georgia - you want to go there and check for yourself.

JANET & SHELDON JAMES - We enjoyed the talk very much. Made me want to go there a.s.a.p! We liked everything; Sheldon especially liked the architectural side and appreciated the good acoustics.

 

VERA BROWN - A wonderful evening. I have heard Peter Nasmyth talk before but there is always so much that is new. His slides showed so much of the beautiful and historic architecture and how it is changing - great to see some pictures of Kutaisi as well. It was all such a reminder of what Georgia has to offer to visitors whether new or old friends. The University venue was so good as well with such a clear view of the screen.