Discovering Georgia (the Country): 7 Reasons to Go Now

Discovering Georgia (the Country): 7 Reasons to Go Now

An ancient land with up-to-the-minute strategic importance, Georgia is a country of superlatives. And it’s not just MIR that’s buzzing about Georgia. Trending now in such publications as Forbes, National Geographic and The New York Times are these articles reviewing the country of Georgia and some of the reasons you will want to travel there – among them, wine, cuisine, landscapes and culture. Read More


Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you this past year on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek of seeing what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 6,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

On a recent business trip to Georgia, MIR Vice President Annie Lucas made a stop at an unassuming village that turned out to be a delightfully authentic travel experience. Making an unscheduled stop at the Phoka Nunnery in the tiny village of Phoka gave us just the sort of spontaneous experience that travelers like me hope for. Read More



Classic Celebrations: A Traditional Armenian Wedding

Classic Celebrations: A Traditional Armenian Wedding

MIR Sales/Client Services Specialist Amy Stidger has lived in Armenia and experienced various wedding traditions there. She recommends that you never pass up the chance to accept an Armenian wedding invitation. Armenia is a small and mountainous country of peaks and high plateaus cut by river valleys. It was the first to embrace Christianity as a state religion; powerful old stone churches are silhouetted on the hilltops and tucked into the valleys. This grand history lends itself to faithful observances. For most Armenians, weddings are very formal, joyous occasions full of long-standing traditions staunchly upheld. Read More


Foreign Correspondence column features MIR founder

Foreign Correspondence column features MIR founder

John Borsden, longtime travel editor of The Charlotte Observer, caught MIR founder and president Douglas Grimes between overseas trips for an informal Q&A this May. In Borsden’s nationally distributed Foreign Correspondence column, Grimes spoke candidly about his own travels (myriad), the best time to visit Siberia (summer), the impact on travel of the Russia-Ukraine hostilities (not so good), and one of his favorite countries (Georgia). Read More


Master of the Toast in Georgia (VIDEO)

Master of the Toast in Georgia (VIDEO)

At a Georgian feast, the toasting doesn’t just stray into the emotional realm of family, friendship, honor, life and love – it marches directly in and sets up camp. The toast line-up always includes a toast to peace and fellowship, to the motherland, Georgia, and to lost loved ones. Here, host John Wurdeman raises a toast to family at his Tbilisi restaurant. He begins by saying, “A stone that grows stronger with time is limerock…Cement decays over time, but limerock only becomes stronger.” Read More



Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Singing is important in the South Caucasus country of Georgia – as important and as ubiquitous as the fantastic food, great wine and heartfelt toasts that the country is famous for. Here are some video samples of folk songs and chants from different regions of Georgia. Read More


Take 2: Making Movies (Again) in Georgia

Take 2: Making Movies (Again) in Georgia

Georgia's rich legacy of making movies – from pre-Soviet times to its current renaissance – is cinematic testament to its legendary independent spirit. Once a republic of the Soviet Union, Georgia has been a relatively liberal place known for its creative filmmaking, not only in former Communist countries, but in the entire world. Its rich history of movie-making encompasses comedy and drama as well as groundbreaking anti-government satire and philosophical challenges. The backdrops for shooting scenes are riveting, from snow-capped sawtooth mountains and fertile valleys to centuries-old churches and fortresses. Read More