The Trump Tower and Other Rising Structures in Batumi
I got excited when I saw the above image showing the Trump Tower that will soon rise in the Republic of Georgia‘s Black Sea coast of Batumi (for more details about this image, click this link). I was in Georgia in April 2011 and was fortunate to have visited Batumi. I have photographed almost the whole area and have witnessed the massive development that was underway to boost the tourism industry in this part of the world. I was also made aware that the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been personally leading the campaign to attract foreign investors into the country and had recently succeeded in convincing Donald Trump to build the two tallest towers in Georgia (see this story Trump Signs Deal to Develop Two Towers in Georgia, the Former Soviet State), one of which will be in Batumi. But since construction of the Trump Tower Batumi was still to start in 2013, there was no trace of this tower yet when I was there.
What got me excited was visualizing what I have seen and photographed and imagining these images in relation to the Trump Tower and Batumi’s rapidly-changing landscape. Here’s a photo essay of what I saw.
Taking photos of Batumi was exciting and definitely one of my most memorable experiences in Georgia. We were blessed with a pleasant weather during our visit, literally the first day of spring with a good deal of sunlight and not a drop of rain, so we managed to gather photos of almost the whole city in one day.
Of course, the first thing I did was to savor the moment. The quiet beach and fantastic scenery by the Black Sea was almost like a divine experience. Then we explored miles and miles of the boulevard on foot and on bicycles, stopping to take photos of anything that caught our attention. At one point we took a ferris wheel not so much for the ride but for the chance to get a better view and photo opportunity of the surroundings. Luckily, my Georgian colleague, Amiran Chanchibadze, brought a point-and-shoot camera and took photos of me as I tried to capture the moment. 🙂
My Related Articles at HubPages:
- Batumi: Georgia’s Scenic City by the Black Sea
- The Black Sea and Georgia’s Beautiful Beaches at Batumi
Related Photos and Articles at WordPress:
- Boulevard by the Black Sea (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Black Sea (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Oak Barrels, a Street Sign, and a Staircase (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Faithful Wells and Distant Bells (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Still Life & Random Objects #5 (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Structures in Sepia (travellingartist.wordpress.com)