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Kazbegi - Highlanders

As I’m approaching the end of my series on Georgia I realize suddenly that I haven’t posted a picture with cattle on.
This while cows are really everywhere in Georiga and I mean exactly everywhere, with the big cities as sole exception.

Not like in my country, where you can find cows either in an enclosed pasture or in a cowshed, in Georgia these animals can roam free on the streets in the villages. At least in summertime.
I didn’t see many enclosed meadows. The cows are free to lookup the lush grasslands on their own. And in the evening they seem to return by themselves to their home or to a place where they can drink. Just a very few times I saw a dog guarding a herd.

To my great surprise, I also saw cows on fairly busy roads, such as on the Georgian Military Highway (the historical name of the main road through the Caucasus from Georgia to Russia).
Once on that road I even saw about fifty cows occupying the biggest part of a long bridge spanning a river leaving only a very narrow passage for the traffic. A very funny sight but since I was in the bus I haven’t good pictures of that.

So I’m posting here a trio of pictures of cows in the highlands around Kazbegi, in the vicinity of the Church of Tsminda Sameba that you can also see on two pictures.

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