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Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, [...]

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Yerevan – a photo essay

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a segment in our Magic of Cities series. Well, wait no more. Enjoy these Yerevan photos. I utterly enjoyed this curious city in the Caucasus and it quickly climbed up the list of my favourite cities in the world. Yerevan is all about colour, water, music, life… [...]

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2013: A photo journey

Dear reader, I’m allowing myself one more indulgent post at the end of the year – last one this year, I promise Hoping to inspire a touch of wanderlust, here’s a little photo journey of 2013. January: Britain, South Africa, Denmark   2013 began with a quick stop in London, one of my favourite cities, [...]

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Tbilisi to Yerevan

Today’s post is about bread and circuses – or, at least, bread and religion – which perhaps isn’t that different. While I pondered whether to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan via train or marshrutka (minibusses with threadbare tyres found all over the Caucasus), I stumbled over a brochure from Envoy, an Armenian tour company. Among [...]

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Tbilisi by Instagram

Ever heard of Tbilisi? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. It has been a while since I’ve written about – or indeed visited – any of Europe’s lesser-known capital cities, (you may remember Skopje, Pristina, Chisinau – or perhaps Kiev?) For a long time, I’ve been curious about the Caucasian countries, Europe’s final frontier, as [...]

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World at a Glance: Mount Ararat and Zvartnots Cathedral

As I write this, I’ve just left Armenia, a country that has been on my wish list for quite some time. I’ve lots to share from this fascinating part of the world, but for now a quick glance at Zvartnots Cathedral. On my visit, these 7th century ruins happen to be the setting for a [...]

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Exploring the Caucasus

Caucasus! The name evokes a sense of complexity, mystery, a bit of tension, danger even… And where is it, exactly? In Europe? Asia? Somewhere in between? Tomorrow I’m delving into a new region of the world. New to me, that is. It’s a region I’ve been drawn to for quite some time, so I’m very [...]

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