Georgia is a small slice of sumptuous beauty sandwiched between Turkey and Russia, on the coast of the Black Sea. In spite of it's proximity Russia, its climate couldn't be more different - think Sicily, not Siberia. Georgia is in the South Caucasus, a region straddling Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Georgia's northern border runs along the crest of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, and includes the southern flanks of the highest mountain in Europe. Georgia's highest mountain, Shkhara, stretches to over 5193 meters - way higher than Mont Blanc. The Caucasus is often said to be the boundary of Europe and Asia. It might be a cliché to say that Georgia is on the crossroads of civilizations, the place where East meets West, but there's an element of truth in that - while Georgia is definitely a European country, it's also the most exotic country in Europe. In the South of the country are the Lesser Caucasus, but don't let the name fool you, with peaks reaching over 3000 meters, they are serious mountains.