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Discovering Places

As part of our aim to promote understanding of the world's peoples, places and environments, the Discovering Places series engages people with their travel destinations.

We hold three Discovering Places evenings each year focusing on areas of the world that are remote, have only recently become accessible or are rapidly changing. Each evening features a panel of experts on the destination who talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience. Exhibitor stands provide further information, travel ideas and inspiration.

Previous destinations include Bolivia, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Madagascar, Belize, Colombia, Libya, West Bengal and Sikkim, Mongolia, Bhutan, Kamchatka, Mozambique, Guyana, Brunei, Patagonia, the Canadian Arctic, Jordan and Indonesia.

Discovering Places: Georgia

 Wednesday 21 February 7.00pm-9.00pm (Kensington Gore doors open at 6.30pm)

Georgia is sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains to the north, the Black Sea to the west and deserts to the south, and it borders Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. This small country is not only a crossroads of cultures but also hosts a wealth of spectacular landscapes.

Georgia is fast becoming the trekking and walking destination for people looking for new adventures in Europe. Many say the best way to witness the diversity of this small country’s terrain is on its hiking trails, which wind through the Greater Caucasus mountain range dividing Europe from Asia.

Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, is surrounded by mountains on all three sides, this dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River provides picturesque architecture, a lively arts and cultural scene, and many inviting cafes and restaurants.

Join us for an informative evening for first-time travellers to Georgia. Network with exhibitors, share plans with fellow travellers and ask questions of our expert panel:

Marta Mills is a well-travelled backpacker, hiker and a fan of the Caucasus since her first trip 17 years ago. She fell in love with Georgia’s incredible mountains, food and wine, and the warm, hospitable people, and has been back and forth over a dozen times. She is also a sustainable tourism expert on the Caucasus region, working with the national government and international donors on rural and mountain tourism development in Georgia, and has been closely involved in the Transcaucasian Trail project since its launch in 2015.

Olia Hercules is the author of the cookbook Kaukasis depicting a culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan and beyond. She lives in London writing, cooking and feeding her unceasing curiosity by researching food culture and culinary traditions of countries less explored.

Donald Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of The Literature of Georgia, editor-in-chief of A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary and a new version of his history of Georgia Edge of Empires has recently been published in Russia.

Tickets: £15, RGS-IBG members £10, includes wine and an information pack 
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