While searching for patina on wood and historic architectural features in Batumi, I discovered that this fast-changing city still has a few old beauties.
Batumi is known as the Las Vegas of the Black Sea. Newly built highrises and casinos tower over the long stretch of pebble beach. In summer, holidaymakers flock to this city from other parts of Georgia as well as Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, to name a few. It seems it's all about the sea, sun, gambling, bright lights and other modern pleasures this city has to offer.
However, these things don't entice me. So, imagine my joy when I discovered there still exists another side to the city. An old city where beautiful old buildings stand proudly, either newly restored, well preserved or patiently waiting for some tender loving care.
Here are fourteen beautiful doors I found while wandering through this old part of the city.
Finding these old gems and the abandoned villas of Mtsvane Kontskhi outside Batumi, made our stay in the city well worth the trip. And of course, just being able to dip my toes in the Black Sea and watch the sun setting over it, was a bonus.