Walking up Mtatsminda

The path up the mountain.

The path up the mountain.

I’ve recently started going for little hikes up behind Vera on Mtatsminda, where a network of paths cross the hill-side and lead eventually to the TV tower at the top.  My flat is a short walk to where the residential area gives way to the steeper incline of the mountain, covered in pines and shrubs, where a path of concrete blocks with iron railings zig-zags up the hill.  At a certain point a couple of hundred meters up, the path abruptly ends and is replaced by the sandy, worn trail that snakes around the hill-side.

Mid-way work-out station.

Mid-way work-out station.

A little over half-way up the mountain, I found this clearing of sorts equipped with roughly put-together monkey-bars, bench-press with wheel rims as dumb-bells, and various other exercise bars.  A little over to the left, outside the picture, is a little natural terrace with a wooden table that overlooks the city below.

The view from the terrace.

The view from the terrace.

Mtatsminda Park

Mtatsminda Park

At the summit, clustered around the TV tower (which is fenced in and seemed off-limits, though I didn’t check thoroughly), is the new Mtatsminda Park, a modern and relatively well-equipped amusement park.  This is one of the central plazas, with most of the restaurants and shops branching off to the right.

Shops & restaurants

Shops & restaurants

I was quite impressed by how clean and new and operational everything seemed; the buildings were creatively designed and colourful, the restaurants new and well-appointed, and the shops almost indistinguishable from gift shops in European or American amusement parks.

One of the main avenues

One of the main avenues

A number of rides are scattered around this central area—a relatively small roller coaster, one of those drop rides with short rows of seats affixed to a soaring central pillar, and one of those rides in a sort of dug-out canoe that swishes down into a large pool, sending spray and surf onto a viewing platform.  There’s also a little train-trolley vehicle that circles the park playing a variation of “Under The Sea” from the Little Mermaid.

I’ve gotten pretty out of shape this winter, so I’m gradually starting to get back into shape.  I’ve been exploring the paths on the hill-side the past week or so, usually hiking a couple hours in the morning before it gets too hot.

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