Blogs from Yerevan, West, Armenia, Asia - page 2


Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 14th 2016

Geo: 40.1596, 44.509Paul heard Keegan leave at 2:41am. I slept through that. I didn't sleep through someone knocking on our door at 3:30am and demanding to know if we wanted to go to the airport. There was much confusion about when we were leaving, but it all worked out (foreshadowing). We said good-bye to Sue after brekkies. Then Paul, Kyla, and I walked in search of a place to print and coffee. We found coffee. We sat on the (quiet) walking street in a café and had some good coffee. We had to check out at noon, but that wasn't a problem. Our car arrived shortly after that, and we had an easy trip to the airport. Easy check in and easy security, too. We also managed to find a place for Kyla to print a ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 13th 2016

Geo: 40.1596, 44.509Hot all dayAfter brekkies, we got in the van and drove to the hill behind Yerevan, where stands Victory Park, with a giant statue of the Mother of Armenia … she has a sword and shield and is facing Turkey with a "if you want it, try to take it" expression. There is an abandoned amusement park at the top as well. Crossing the major street, we came to another large square with a very tall stellae shaped a bit like a sword. From here, we had the view all across Yerevan.We then walked down the "cascade" which is part art museum and part way to get from upper Yerevan to the main city. While the very top layer was halted in the middle of construction, and so looks a little sad, the other ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 12th 2016

Geo: 40.1596, 44.509The other people at table for brekkies were three American men who had been climbing on Mt. Aragats. We chatted with them for a bit, then went to get ready for our day.Our first stop was Khor-Virap ("Deep Dungeon") – one of the holiest sites in Armenia, the site of the underground pit where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned before converting King Tiridat III to Christianity. Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. While the church was nice, the main purpose of the visit are two-fold: enjoy an amazing view of Mt. Ararat (which we did … a little hazy but clear view to the top) and visit the dungeon where Gregory was imprisoned for 13 years. ... read more
Mt. Ararat and Khor-Virap
Mt. Ararat and Khor-Virap
Mt. Ararat and Khor-Virap

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 11th 2016

Geo: 40.1596, 44.509We had our brekkies upstairs, consisting of coffee and omelets and homemade jams. Very tasty.We drove up to Haghartsin monastery up in the hills, which has been recently renovated with money from a sheikh from Sharjah, UAE. The complex consists of several churches and chapels. We learned about the triangular niches in the walls, which help make the churches more resistant to earthquakes (which are common in this region). One of the churches is designed to resemble a peasant house … except huge and made of stone. Another has a large narthex. Unlike in Georgia, we seem to be allowed to enter the church without a scarf or skirt. (We learned that the scarf symbolizes that the husband is above our head, with God above him. We women cannot, apparently, be exposed directly to ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan June 18th 2016

Day 149 Wednesday 15th June 2016 – Yerevan to Tatev Early start today as we are off on a long organised tour to South Eastern Armenia. Like a lot of places in this corner of the world, breakfast doesn’t start till 8.30, and we needed to be out of there by then, but we went down to the kitchen anyway where we can get tea and coffee 24 hours a day. The woman working the kitchen saw us and at least was able to put out some cupcakes for us so we got a small feed. Walked the 15 minutes up the road and got settled into our bus for the tour today. Unlike the last tour this one was on a minibus and there were 15 others with us. When we got underway ... read more
Holy Treasury - Echmiadzin
Zvartnots Cathedral

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan June 14th 2016

Day 144 Friday 10th June 2016 – Tbilisi to Yerevan A new morning, a new country and a new adventure. Before getting to the new country we needed to exit the old one, and today was to be one of the fastest exits we have ever had. The alarm went off at 6.30 and we did our now very professional and fast pack and check out and were out the front of our hotel hailing a taxi by 7.15. The taxi driver couldn’t speak English but we had the bus terminal written down in Georgian so he knew where to take us and quoted us a reasonable 5 Lari to get there. As always we prepare ourselves for the inevitable argument at the other end about the price but today the guy was happy ... read more
Outside Yerevan
Garni Temple

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan July 9th 2015

July 9, 2015 – Today went pretty well. I woke up feeling much better. No stomach ache, no gastrointestinal problems. Amazing! I took a couple more charcoal tablets and kept drinking that hideous liter of rehydration salts…so disgusting. But it worked. I had some crackers for breakfast and waited to see if it would be ok. Seemed to be. Then I took a walk in town and still seemed ok. So I decided to go for a half day trip to see Garni temple and Geghard monastery, the two main sights I wanted to see from yesterday’s missed day trip. It took some effort, but it was worth it. First I had to walk over to the KFC, and catch a bus to a place called Masivi Market. So I told the driver where I was ... read more
Entrance to Garni
View from Garni temple
First look at Garni

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan July 7th 2015

July 7, 2015 – *Disclaimer – be warned that this entry has disgusting bodily functions mentioned* The train ride to Yerevan from Batumi went quite well, actually. I left the guesthouse at 2:30pm, giving myself an hour to get to the train station before my train left. It is about 25-30 mins, so it should be fine, right? Well, the traffic was crazy on my street and I had to wait about 10 minutes for the right number minivan to come by, and then we barely moved for a while. I was getting a little nervous, but of course it worked out fine. I gave my ticket and passport to the ladies checking and they studied it and studied it. I think one was learning the job, but not sure. Either way, we didn’t speak the ... read more
My seat/bed
View from train
View from train

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan February 21st 2015

These holidays are only a week long, and I have the feeling that it is impressive to see how much we could discover in a single week. So next stop, new country, we are for two days in Armenia. The train ride from Tbilisi to Yerevan takes 11 hours...for 280km only. There are only 4 cars, and in winter, it runs only one day out of two. I paid 30usd per person, so it is not the cheapest way to join the two capitals....but let's admit it, we love train rides! The train left and arrived on time, and we spent something like 2 or 3 hours just to cross the border in the middle of the night! The train was old, but it was pretty clean and comfortable...and we had the feeling there was close ... read more
Garni temple, on a gorgeous winter day...
It's testing time....10 years, 20 years a Dvin....rather nice!
BBQ...lamb, chicken and mushrooms...

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan August 10th 2014

Niedzielę zaczęliśmy od wizyty w meczecie. W Erewaniu działa tylko jeden; odbudowany i zarządzany przez Irańczykow. Nazywa się Blue Mosque i miałam nadzieję, że będzie przypominał choć trochę struktury z Esfahanu. ale choć leży na cichym dziedzińcu z (suchą) fontanną, to brak w jego wykonaniu delikatności i finezji spotykanych w Iranie. Bardziej wygląda na wersje soc-real. Po drugiej stronie ulicy jest centrum handlowe, które kiedyś było lokalnym bazarem i ono juz ma bardziej dystyngowana konstrukcje. W ogóle z bazarami w Erewaniu jest średnio, w centrum tylko sklepy spożywcze albo ewentualnie duże warzywniaki, czasami zdarza sie na rogu babcia sprzedająca jabłka z wiadra, ale nie zaobserwowalam nic z naszej kultury straganu zieleniaka. Z meczetu pojechaliśmy na weekendowy pchli targ o dumnej nazwie Vernissage. Mam jeszcze w pamięci taki targ (i kupione... read more
Zakupy! Obrus ma 3,20m!
Bardzo pchli targ.

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