2 of 24 These Crusader Knights Answered The Call: Loyalty and Guts!

Source: wearethemighty.com

The country known as Georgia derives its name – “Gurgan,” the land of the wolves – from the Persian word for the “frightening and heroic people of that territory.”

Heroic doesn’t even begin to fully describe the Georgians. This fact was evident at the outset of World War I when a troop of crusader knights – in full Medieval armor – marched right up to the governor’s house in the Georgian capital, then called Tiflis (modern-day Tbilisi).

“Where’s the war?” They asked. “We hear there’s a war.”

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Georgia’s Emerging, Avant-Garde Designers to Know!

Source: nytimes.com

By Nancy Hass

tiblisi-designers-slide-JVPY-master768 Strictly speaking, Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia began their creative collaboration in a vacuum. When they started designing objects and interiors a ­decade ago, fresh out of art school, their hometown Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, a small country on the Black Sea that spent much of the 20th century as part of the Soviet Union, had no creative community for two young designers to gain inspiration from, or any local market for the one-of-a-kind groundbreaking pieces they designed under the distinctly Western, purposefully plain name Rooms.

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The guide: 24 top places to eat, shop and see in Georgia’s stylish capital

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An intoxicating blend of ancient and modern, Tbilisi is bursting with architectural gems, tucked-away eateries and late-night hangouts. Little wonder then, that visitors are flocking there. Here’s our edit of the city’s finest attractions.

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Katie Melua – Yes You Can Go Home Again.

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We shot this behind the scenes footage during rehearsals, preparing for the recording for ‘In Winter’.

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Somewhere A Child is Waiting for You!

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News from Georgia: Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Visits Tbilisi, Georgia!

Source: http://www.cnn.com

By Anthony Bourdain

Georgia's 'hangover soup' (CNN)I was late to Georgia.

My flight was stuck in Istanbul and we’d had only a small window to shoot in the off season resort city of Batumi, so a last minute substitute was called in.

Like John Shaft, he’s a complicated man.

Like Wolf Blitzer, he’s got the credentials and experience to tackle any subject.

Like Bambi, a struggling medical student, he WILL pole dance if no other employment options exist.

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From niece to cherished daughter. Kinship adoption works.

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is experienced in guiding and supporting families in crisis, when the need for a kinship adoption or kafala occurs.  If your family needs assistance in bringing an orphaned child relative to the US, as a permanent member of your family, Hopscotch would like to help you.

Contact us: info@hopscotchadoptions.org

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Hopscotch Can Help. Kinship Adoption and Kafala.

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is experienced in guiding and supporting families in crisis, when the need for a kinship adoption or kafala occurs.  If your family needs assistance in bringing an orphaned child relative to the US, as a permanent member of your family, Hopscotch would like to help you.

Contact us: info@hopscotchadoptions.org

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Georgian Crush. A Little Adrift by Shannon O’Donnell

Source: www.alittleadrift.com

A Little Crush… Uncovering the Charms of Tbilisi, Georgia

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Maybe it was the wine. Or perhaps it was the latticed balconies? The unfettered hospitality played a part. And the idyllic scenery was persuasive. For the life of me, I can’t pin down precisely what made Tbilisi, Georgia so charming.

Since I left the country in late October, I took on the mantle of fangirl for the Republic of Georgia. I gush about it to any willing ear. I returned home late last year to holiday dinners and nights spent playing cards with friends. Between these engagements, I edited photos from my fall travels. Each night, with a swipe of the keyboard, a new image flashed on the screen. Like a slide projector warming up, memories flickered into my consciousness. Each cropped and straightened photo rekindled my crush on this beautiful little city in the far east of Europe.

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American Friends of Georgia’s Most Successful Gala!

AFG Hosts Most Successful Gala Ever in Tbilisi

Our Gala raised $111,300 after expenses, which included an additional pledge of $41,000 by Ivane Nakaidze, founder and managing partner of Petrocas Energy Group and Patron of our Gala in Tbilisi. Our goal was to raise funds for two specific projects–the Dzegvi Community Building Fund and the Hospice Home Care Program–and to restore the tradition of philanthropy in Georgia.

Painting by Levan Lagidze donated by Board Members Ambassador and Mrs. Richard Miles, Auctioneer Extraordinaire & Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers Cliff Isaak, AFG Executive Director/Georgia Lena Kiladze and volunteer Keti Sidamonidze

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Video highlights from the Tbilisi December 12, 2015 Fundraising Gala

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The Dzegvi Community Building Fund

The Gala began our year-long campaign to raise enough funds for the renovation of a former orphanage building, which is part of a complex of buildings housing 78 residents who are mentally ill adults, physically handicapped adults, and abandoned single mothers with their children. This transformed building will become a community center with vocational training, workshops, and rooms for residents.

Children in the building needing renovation at Dzegvi Community Shelter, photo by Nella Rasic

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Click here to view film: Dzegvi Community Shelter and Hospice Home Care Program Film

Photos made by David Khizanishvili, Editing by David Khizanishvili and Kate Kalandarishvili

The Hospice Home Care Program

Founded by Abbess Mariam, the Hospice Home Care Program brings much needed nursing care and comfort to elderly and seriously ill Georgians in their homes. Our year-long campaign seeks to help Abbess Mariam expand the homecare program to reach additional unserved Georgians who are desperately poor and sick or alone without care.

Marusya Chavchavadze and Abbess Mariam at work visiting a Home Care patient, photo by Nella Rasic

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