Batumi 2: Colours of a City
The day was getting warmer and the sun was already bursting with golden rays when we excitedly got out of the hotel to explore the city of Batumi. But it was still early and it was a weekend so the streets looked deserted. But the empty streets made the city’s infrastructure more noticeable as their colours flirted with the morning sunlight. Balconies still dominate many of the city’s structures. There was already a combination of old and modern architecture but construction was still going on all over the place. New buildings, a mix of traditional and ultra-modern designs, can be found everywhere. Soviet-era apartment buildings and government offices have been painted or refurbished to blend with the improving surroundings. A newly completed Sheraton Hotel dominated the skyline near the coast but two other international hotels, a Radisson and a Hilton, were rapidly gaining attention as they raced to their target completion within the year. The drive to boost tourism in Batumi was in full swing.
Early Morning Tour
My feet were in a hurry as we hiked the newly-laid cobblestones in the eastern section of the city and I tried to capture the vibrant colours of the surroundings. But I was also careful not to fall into the mud and potholes in the sections where renovation of the sewer system or laying of the cobblestones on the streets were still underway.
As the sun got higher, the city’s residents went out to do their usual weekend chores. Stores started to open and the streets started to get busy as the city began to wake up to a sunny Saturday morning and I kept snapping photos of the colors exploding before me.
- Batumi 1: Break of Day (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Oh no, another teaser! (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- The Trump Tower and Other Rising Structures in Batumi (filipinofestival.wordpress.com)