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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.
Kaskada.

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan August 8th 2014

Pilot w Locie ponurym głosem ostrzegł nas na wstępie, że nad Ukrainą będą turbulencje. Idiota, nie wiem po co geolokalizowal te wstrząsy, chyba chcąc, aby sie wszystkim przez ponad 3h lotu śniły koszmary. Ale faktycznie ze snu wyrwały mnie rzuty jak na rodeo - cos jak na "Dallas buyers' club". Była burza. Prawdopodobnie nie wywołali jej prorosyjscy separatyści, ale spokojnie mogę te podróż zaliczyć do jednej z gorszych w mojej karierze. Na miejscu w Erewaniu czekało na nas niespodziewanie nowoczesne lotnisko, duty free z koniakiem i zabawkami Fisher Price (rodzina z Ameryki zapomniała kupić prezentu), uśmiechnięta obsługa mimo 4 rano i natłok szyldów z tymi śmiesznymi tutejszymi literkami, które nie przypominają absolutnie niczego - wyglądają dla mnie bardziej abstrakcyjnie niż arabskie robaczki. Armeńczycy są z nich bardzo dumni, bo powstały na począ... read more
irańskie bakalie
miasto martwych fontann
tzw. amy

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 21st 2013

I left the hostel early and travelled to the bus station to get a shared taxi to Yerevan when I arrived I secured the front seat and waited for other passengers to arrive, an hour later none had and the driver suggested I get a mini bus, there was no way I was doing that again so I just paid for the whole car. No sooner did we leave the city then I saw the results of a horror road crash one vehicle was smashed up on the side of the road the other was on its side and the windscreen was spider webbed where two heads had hit, this caused my driver to slow down for a few minutes. About thirty minutes later we crossed the border into Armenia, initially we were met with forested ... read more
Lake Sevan
Hay check out the truck
Train station

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan August 11th 2013

Since Turkey the bus trips have been quite daunting, fast drivers over taking purely on luck. We hope our bus ride to Yerevan will be a bit smoother but it turns out to be the worst one yet. We wait three hours in the marshutka before it departs (they have no time schedule, they only leave when the bus is full) Two hours before we are meant to arrive the bus suddenly stops. We look out of the window to see the aftermath of a terrible accident, another marshutka has crashed with a large truck. People come towards us covered in blood; we quickly try to gather up the bottles of water from our marshutka to bring to the wounded and we start making our way to the accident to see if there is anything we ... read more
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Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan November 2nd 2012

Resumo:Um dia ensolarado; Paisagem maravilhosa; Conhecendo pessoas incríveis; Fazendo amizades; Tomando café, vinho, vodka e cerveja; Ganhando presentes inesquecíveis; Chorando; Estou bem. O meu dia estava meio planejado. Após ir para Khor Virap (igreja), tentaria ir para o lago Sevan. No entanto, como muitos dias aqui na minha viagem, algo acontece e muda tudo. =) Já no local eu conheci um senhorzinho muito simpático, que além de dar uma mini carona (500m), ele me deu um cartão postal, tirou uma foto minha, imprimiu e deu para mim. Obrigada Vace! Quando eu estava a caminho da estrada para pegar o meu ônibus, um carro parou e me ofereceu uma carona. Não precisava, pois o caminho era curto, mas resolvi entrar no carro. O carro já estava lotado, mas eles se apertaram para eu entrar. "conversa-vai .. conversa-vem" ... read more
Church of the Holy Mother of God
Dentro da Igreja
Dentro de uma das cavernas

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 29th 2012

Resumo: Dois dias super gostosos na Armenia; fazendo um pouco de turismo; Lugares lindos; Estou bem. Desde que eu cheguei na Armenia, tudo está indo muito bem. Estou em um hostel onde eu me sinto em casa. Amanhã vou para Nagorno-Karabakh, uma região que ainda está em disputa e não possui reconhecimento internacional como República de Nagorno-Karabakh. Humm .. vamos ver como é este lugar. Nestes dois dias em Yerevan, posso dizer que a cidade é linda. A natureza então .. uau .. é de tirar o fôlego. =) Pegar carona e passar por situações inusitadas não é mais novidade, então não vou mais contar aqui nos detalhes. Só um resumo: hoje, por exemplo, a primeira carona queria parar na estrada em um prédio em construção .. "No, tks". A segunda carona, foi uma companhia ótima ... read more
Lovely Sunset
View from the Balcony
View from the hostel

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 22nd 2012

Monday 1 October 2012 Despite being right in the busy centre of the city, we are both sleeping really well. I thought the traffic might disturb us but I think we are so tired from walking in the heat, by night time we are flat out. Our plan for the day was to visit the Parajanov Museum. Each time we walk somewhere, we take a slightly different route so that we get to see different parts of the city. The museum is close to the gorge - opposite the football ground. It was built for Parajanov but he died of lung cancer before he had a chance to live in it. Although, principally a film maker, he was someone who could turn his hand to anything - drawing, collage, installations. Personally, out of all the museums ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 21st 2012

Tuesday 2 October 2012 We had arranged to meet Hasmik after breakfast. We took the circular road route to Vernissage - Moskovan which turns into Kanjian Street. It was turning into another hot day so we tended to hug the shade. Apparently, we have been really lucky with the weather. The temperatures in this Armenian autumn have been higher than a typical English summer. Vernissage was a very scaled down version of the weekend market. Probably, a tenth of the size. Despite that, we managed to get what we came for which was an achievement. It really helps to have a local person with you to help with the negotiations. A quick drink at Smokey Ribs - good wifi here, we made our way to the metro. I never managed to go on the metro on ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 21st 2012

Friday 28 September 2012 An early start today as we had a few things to see en route to Yerevan, the most important being, the cable car to Tatev. This was being built when I visited two years ago. The drive to Tatev had been one of the scariest of my life and nothing would have induced me to do it again. Rod had a similar experience. Going by cable car was a different story. It is the longest cable car in the world and costs 300 AMD one way. The road has improved and Saro persuaded us that we should come back in the car. The car we were in was completely full and it was like being on a fairground ride. The ride over the gorge is spectacular and only takes 10 minutes. I'm ... read more




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