Blogs from Armenia, Asia - page 8


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

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

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

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