I was going to put my first photos on Flickr, but the internet connection in Betsy's Hotel is not the best, (the only thing to grumble about there), so I will just stick with telling about the theatre visit.
Beate, my friend from Vilnius, who blogs here, is also working here so I have an instant friend. She organised us to go and see Moliere's "le Medecin malgre lui" in Georgian, about which I was a bit apprehensive, having seen neither Georgian nor Moliere before. However, quite a bit was in French, Latin and Italian, the singing was good, and it was a comedy. Although the asides to the audience were lost on us, the action was not, and it was very funny. Sganarelle, the hero, was played like a vocal Jacques Tati so it was funny even without the words.
I stayed in Betsy's, in 1995/6 when I was last in Georgia, but it has since moved up the hill to just below the Television Tower with a spectacular view over the town. There she has retained her special Turkish/Georgian decor with Turkish carpets and Georgian wrought iron furniture, together with all mod cons. Particular welcome arriving at 4.30 in the morning was a large bottle of still water in the room. Why can't all hotels give you water free? Then I noticed a strange set of British square 3 pin sockets, which also take round 2-pin plugs as well. I wonder if they do in the UK too. I never thought to try. Everything is very tasteful (if not cheap) and breakfast and dinner is included, as is a sauna and swimming pool (though I shan't try that this time). Tbilisi is a small place so it was not a surprise to be able to meet one of our contacts the first day at breakfast.
Here's a few photos from the streets round the hotel.
Eclectic is the word that comes to mind.