World at a Glance: Noravank (Day out Yerevan)

Thought you had seen enough Armenian monasteries here on the blog, did ya? Nope nope nope: here's yet another. One different from the rest, located in a gorge with tall red cliffs. On the road to Noravank - and past the mysterious Nakchivan In this [...]

2021-09-14T12:04:26+01:0014 September 2021|Armenia, Daytrip|

Tatev Monastery: flying up the mountain (Day out Yerevan)

You’ve heard about Yerevan, about the road to get there, about Soviet Armenia, about some of the many monasteries here in the world’s first Christian country. Now let me take you to one that balances on the brink of a canyon. To get there, we’ll [...]

2020-08-27T12:39:22+01:0030 April 2018|Armenia, Daytrip|

Soviet Yerevan: time travelling in Armenia

As I’m finalising this post, Yerevan has become a happening place. The prime minister just resigned a few hours ago, after several days of protests. According to my blogger friend Megan, who is there just now, the whole city is a party. The police, military, and [...]

2018-12-12T11:43:27+00:0023 April 2018|Armenia, No more, Quirky corners|

Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain (Day out Yerevan)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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