Batumi 3: Sepia Town

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

A Lamp Post and A Tower Clock

Jessie T. Ponce Photography While there was a construction boom in the city of Batumi at the time of our visit, certain sections of the place has retained an ‘old town’ ambiance so I choose to portray them in sepia.  Batumi has a population of more than 120,000 and is often considered the second capital of Georgia.  Although the region is rich in agricultural produce such as citrus fruit and tea, its port and strategic location near the Black Sea makes it a very important factor in Georgian economy.  Tourism is its major industry and all the on-going construction were geared towards attracting more tourists.  However, because it was almost like the first day of spring when we arrived, we only saw a few Turkish and Iranian nationals travelling in groups.

The other purpose we had for exploring the inner sections of the city, aside from photographing its features, was to look for a dining place reportedly popular all over Georgia for serving the Adjarian khachapuri traditionally prepared and cooked using a firewood oven.  The khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish, a sort of filled bread richly flavored with cheese.   The Adjarian khachapuri has a shape and texture that is very different from the more common versions. We did find the place and the time we spent hiking and looking for it was all worth it as I greatly enjoyed the boat-shaped dish (See Holy Khinkali!).

While Batumi was generally colorful (see Batumi 2: Colours of a City); it remains lovely even if viewed in sepia.

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

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