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Asia » Armenia August 17th 2014

Geo: 40.1793, 44.5102Former Soviet Republics are typically ugly, particularly in the larger cities, where any buildings built by the Soviets were intended to only be functional, and nothing else. It's not that the aesthetics were merely secondary, it's that they don't seem to have been considered at all! Big, blocky concrete monstrosity after monstrosity - that's the stereotypical image of former Soviet cities, and you will definitely find these here in Yerevan. That's no surprise, but what was pleasantly surprising today was some of the beautiful Soviet-style architecture we found in central Yerevan.Locals say that Yerevan is the most un-Soviet city anywhere, and that appears to be true, largely due to the work of Alexander Tamanian, the architect mostly responsible for how Yerevan looks today. While the Soviet influences are obvious, it seems that Tamanian t ... read more
Pavillon de The by Joana Vasconcelos
Prancing Deer
Yerevan's Famous Rose Man ...

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 » East » Sevan August 9th 2014

W sobotę rano wyruszyliśmy na podbój reszty kraju. Punktem pierwszym było jezioro Sevan - jedyna większa woda w Armenii, źródło narodowej dumy, weekendowa destynacja, generator korków. Genialni inżynierowie sowieccy mieli pomysł, zeby liczące 1416 km kwadratowych powierzchni jezioro w znacznej mierze osuszyć, na brzegach posadzić drzewa owocowe i jednocześnie zwiększyć - w zmniejszonym akwenie - produkcję ryb. Szykowała sie katastrofa ekologiczna na miarę Morza Aralskiego, które praktycznie przestało istnieć. Tu jednak jakimś cudem - po śmierci Stalina i z braku środków - udało sie projekt przerwać po obniżeniu poziomu wody o 20 metrów. Teraz trwają prace, żeby wody znów było więcej. W wyniku tych zabiegów, Monastyr Savanavank, ktory kiedyś był na wyspie, teraz leży na półwyspie, malowniczo wcinając sie w jezioro. U jego podnóża udało si... read more
Hayravank.
Kartoszki na Versace
Cmentarzysko Noratus.

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 July 17th 2014

Armenia is the kind of place your friends have heard of, but can't tell you much about - like lots of our holiday destinations! So, when in Georgia, it was obvious that we needed to take a trip south to its neighbour and discover what Armenia had to offer. In the space of a few days we managed to travel around the country and visit quite a few sights. First stop was the Debed Canyon, just across the Georgian border. The canyon provides some nice scenery but more importantly is home to a very nice hotel - one of the Tufenkian chain - which we enjoyed very much, both for its tasty Armenian food and nice indoor pool. We enjoyed a few visits in the local area, in particular to some very cool churches and monasteries. ... read more
Mt Ararat
Armenian monastery
Where to next?

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan January 30th 2014

So onto the Armenian capital, courtesy of a combination of one short taxi ride, and one longer marshrutka (minibus) ride, and hey presto, I'm smack ban in the middle of Yerevan, the official capital city of Armenia. The choice of hotel, Yerevan Deluxe hotel, scored points for being conveniently-located and sufficiently equipped to make a 3-night stay here feel wholly fulfilling, and with the delights of Yerevan to sample, the Armenian chapter was on the brink of being fully realized. Oddly enough, the first port of call was the outlying leisure complex that is the Aquatek indoor waterpark, and the range of attractions therein made it worth a short trek out of the city centre. Stopping off at the Yerevan city mall on the way back was a mighty fine way of becoming acquainted with the ... read more
Mount Ararat over the city (Yerevan; Armenia)
Opera House (Yerevan; Armenia)
Local mosque (Yerevan; Armenia)

Asia » Armenia » East » Sevan January 25th 2014

Hello, and welcome to Tsaghkadzor....yes, you heard it Tsaghkadzor, and if that proves too enigmatic, then feel free to try its alternative name Tsakhkadzor. Well, as ski resorts go, they surely don't come much more shrouded in mystery than this gem tucked away in rural Armenia, but scratch the surface, and the charms of this little-known-to-the-outside-world resort town might hopefully reveal its teeth in appealing ways. Roughly a 50-minute ride from the Armenian capital city of Yerevan, Tsaghkadzor is Armenia's only developed ski resort, and an enclave of hotels to represent most rungs of the luxury scale, sewn together with a few bits and pieces which make up the urban fabric. The town's man-made centrepiece is the appealing allure of Kechar... read more
Beautiful church (Tsaghkadzor; Armenia)
The piste (Tsaghkadzor; Armenia)
A wintry display (Tsaghkadzor; Armenia)

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 » East » Sevan July 5th 2013

Armenia - is one of the few countries where is still possible to see a truly unique historical monuments of world-class in the privacy and quiet. Because only in such way - being one-on-one with the history, you can feel her mysterious breath. This is a country of mysteries and legends, clean air and clear tinkling streams. But also, Armenia - is an open air museum. This is difficult not to agree with such statement, because in Armenia there are architectural and historical monuments of different eras, from primitive society to modern era. ... read more




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