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Asia » Armenia » West » Echmiadzin October 2nd 2017

Gregory the Illuminator & the Monasteries & Khachkars of Armenia. Punished for the sins of his father...thrown into a pit to die...15 years in that hell hole surviving on scraps from an anonymous woman...removed to pray to heal a mad king...changing the course of history in so doing... me climbing down a skinny hole into that pit where he was imprisoned...they said it was only six metres down...feels like double that...tiny slit in the roof for light and air...am I changing the course of my own history in so doing? We pass Mt Ararat where Noah's Ark is said to have settled after the flood...snow covering its shoulders...the rest of it like a mirage...Ara our guide fervently demanding attention as he tells us a bit of history...or is it legend...bringing the Apostle of Armenia to life. ... read more
Noravank Monastery
Zvartnots Temple
Sevanvank Monastery

Asia » Armenia » South September 29th 2017

Other trips have started better. Due to a"serious incident", the M3 is closed by the police and Winchester is gridlocked. Our coach to Heathrow cannot get in to pick us up! Luckily, a knight in shining armour (Julius) offered us a lift and, after walking the High Street to get out of the gridlock, we arrived at Heathrow on time. Thanks, Julius. Armenia is a complicated place. Their history is one of occupation, always a small country between super powers. Even today, Armenia is at war with Azerbaijan, a stalemate war, and the border to Turkey is also closed. Two borders are open, from Iran and from Georgia where we enter. A large Russian army base protects against NATO aggression. Russian influence ensured that Armenia joined the Soviet free trade area rather than the EU. Armenia ... read more
Monastery
The only way into the church
Restored two storey monastery

Asia » Armenia September 15th 2017

The ARMENIAN GENOCIDE...when the end becomes the beginning. In 1991 the Republic of Armenia emerged from the fragmentation of the Soviet Union...ending a thousand years of subjugation of the Armenian people...lucky...but for their spirit of endurance...to be a people at all. The Romans destroyed Caesaria in Israel "so that no stone stood upon another." History is full of towns and cities and civilisations that have come and gone. This is the story of the recent attempt to wipe any trace of the Armenian people from Eurasia...a systematic ethnic cleansing of everything Armenian...only a hundred years ago...to ensure that once proud people never emerged as a nation again...never ever...that so nearly succeeded...a history this new nation cannot and should not forget. The photos are not pretty...but they are real. Pictures from the Genocide Museum in Yerevan, Armenia ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan August 27th 2017

After an amazing experience lead by the Travel Camel, it was time for another adventure…..this time just in the exclusive company of Dancing Dave and Denise. We’d decided long ago that after spending a couple of weeks in the wonderfully beautiful but rustic environs of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan that a jaunt to a nearby nation was in order to try and shake off the dust and take a good look around at another Asian nation…..Armenia. The Dancing One and Denise had made all the necessary arrangements, so when we landed in Yerevan, we were whisked off to the Grand Hotel to sort of clean up our act……and also some of our clothing. It was simply grand to be basking it a bit of luxury and we took full advantage of the situation by pampering ourselves in ... read more
The Singing Fountains
David feasting on the fish sauce
Rocks with meaning?

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan May 11th 2017

Vormittag Stadtführung. Ich notiere nur kurze Stichpunkte, die vielleicht interessant sind. Seit 1993 kein Grenzuebergang in die Türkei offen. Offene Übergaenge: zwei nach Georgien, einer in den Iran. Freedom Square: am 9. Mai war Nationalfeiertag, deshalb die vielen Blumen. 45 % des Stroms in Armenien kommt von einem Atomkraftwerk, das noch die Russen in der Sowjetära gebaut haben. Es ist also uralt!! Deutsch ist in Armenien eine anerkannte Minderheitensprache. Nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg sind deutsche Soldaten in Armenien geblieben und haben sich hier niedergelassen. Genozid: Die Türken geben als Zahl 800.000 Tote an und behaupten, sie seien einfach im Zusammenhang mit Kriegsgeschehnissen im 1. Weltkrieg umgekommen. Die Armenier sprechen von 1,5 Mio. Wir Deutsche sind auch involviert: Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg schrieb am 7.12.1915 auf eine Depesche: Our o... read more
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Asia » Armenia » North May 10th 2017

Über Nacht ist vor dem Hotel ein blauer Mercedes mit FFB Kennzeichen aufgetaucht und ich frage mich,, ob der Besitzer schon weiß, dass sein Auto gestohlen ist, oder ob er tatsächlich auch in diesem Hotel wohnt. Die Abfahrt war erst um 9.00, weil es das Frühstück nicht früher gab..... Die Fahrt zur Grenze war nicht lang, dauerte aber lang, weil die zahlreichen Schlaglöcher einen höchst kunstvollen Slalom erforderten. Es sah aus der Ferne sehr lustig aus, wie die Autos und LKWs in Schlangenlinien dahinkrochen. An einer Stelle war eine Straßenfräse zugangen gewesen, aber statt das herausgefräste Material wegzuräumen, war es zu Haufen aufgeschüttet worden, wie gigantische Maulwurfshaufen. Das machte die Situation noch verworrener, denn nun musste man auch noch diesen Haufen ausweichen, um 11.00 Uhr waren wir an der Grenze. 80 km, zwei Stunden. Die georgische ... read more
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Asia » Armenia January 3rd 2017

There seem to be surprisingly few events on the third, most celebrations seem to happen on the first and second, so I may be scrapping the barrel a little, but Armenia has a public holiday to celebrate the days leading up to Christmas, so this is what I decided to focus on today. Նախածննդյան տոներ - Nakhatsenendyan toner (or Pre-Christmas) is celebrated on 3rd -5th January in Armenia and surrounding areas like Nagorno-Karabakh (a disputed territory, ethnically Armenian, internationally recognised as part of Azerbijan but mostly governed by the Nagorno-Karabakh Repuiblic). There don't seem to be any particular traditions for each of the days (at least none I could find in English or Russian - Armenian is a beautiful looking language but it's not one I can pick up in a day, sorry). So, I had ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 14th 2016

Douce Arménie, La chaleur Irannienne sous toutes ses formes est maintenant derrière nous. Le Caucase nous laisse entrevoir les prémices de son immensité et nous laisse pénétrer au coeur d'un peuple vieux de plusieurs milliers d'année. Nous découvrons un peuple fort, triste et fière. Sous la protection du mont Ararat qui avait veillé sur Alexandre Le Grand 2000 ans auparavant, nous vivons au ryhtme de sa capitale Erevan. Le contact est difficile, surtout après un séjour en Iran, mais il reste vrai est sincère. Tout au long de ce dernier mois, nous découvrons la culture arménienne, que ce soit au fond des villages, à l'opéra ou encore en plein centre de la ville, la danse et la musique sont omniprésent pour notre plus grand bonheur. Nous voilà maintenant en route pour la Georgie. Sweet Armenia, The ... read more
Chuch Shadow
Sepan Lake
Wine Festival

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




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