Batumi: Georgia on the Black Sea

The White Restaurant in Batumi, Georgia, built to resemble the U.S. White House, but turned upside down. Continuing the pull-your-leg theme, the interior dining space also has an upside down look.

The White Restaurant in Batumi, Georgia, built to resemble the U.S. White House, but turned upside down. Continuing the pull-your-leg theme, the interior dining space also has an upside down look.

BATUMI, Georgia — I was amused, during a trip to Georgia in the fall of 2012, to learn I would be staying in a Soviet-era hotel, the Intourist Palace, in Batumi on the Black Sea.

The hotel retained its old name although Georgia, a former Soviet republic, has been independent for more than 20 years and the current owner is not Russian. A local guide suggested the old name may have been kept because the Intourist Palace had been a popular hotel with a well-known brand. [Read more…]

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