ARMENIA


 

Abandoned Armenia – Unfinished hotel near Lake Sevan

This vast, unfinished hotel dominates the hill that looks down on Lake Sevan, one of Armenia’s premier tourist destinations, and we couldn’t resist climbing up to take a closer look. It’s not possible to get inside the structure, and not really worth it anyway as it’s...

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Abandoned Armenia – A Former Swimming Pool in Yerevan

I can’t provide many facts about this abandoned swimming pool in Yerevan. A Google search, even in Armenian, brings up nothing and we also asked around while we were in the city but nobody could shed any light on what period it is from and why it fell into...

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Pre-Storm Photography at the Iron Fountain in Gyumri, Armenia

Searching for Gyumri’s iron fountain and discovering the surrounding neighbourhood While taking a stroll around Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, we walked into the eye of the most incredible storm. It was late afternoon and we were on the outskirts, heading in...

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Independent Day Trips from Yerevan, Armenia

Sightseeing from Yerevan that can be done without taking an organised tour As independent travellers, it can often seem that we don’t like to do things the easy way. We enjoy the challenge of reaching a destination by public transport, and we get a lot of satisfaction...

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Where to break the journey between Tbilisi and Yerevan

Alternative places in Armenia to stop on the journey from Tbilisi and Yerevan If you are familiar with our style of travel, you’ll know we’re not big fans of long journeys on public transport and we’re especially not keen on overnight travel. We like going places by...

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What we got up to in the Baltic States and the Caucasus

Not the typical tourist attractions: Alternative sightseeing on our travels In no particular order, our priorities on our recent 2½ month trip to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Armenia, Georgia and Abkhazia in the Caucasus were as follows:...

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Twelve More Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve more forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels As a continuation of our first Forts and Castles post, here are some more fortresses that we have discovered on our travels.   Gjirokastra Castle, Albania Gjirokastra...

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Travel Shot | Geghard Monastery, Armenia

Today's photo of the day comes from Armenia. There are some good day trips out of the capital, Yerevan, including one to the stunning Geghard Monastery, 40km to the east. Even if you have had your fill of churches and monasteries, we urge you to make the effort to see...

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Socialist-era architecture in the Caucasus

Tracking down the last of the remaining Stalinist-style buildings and monuments left in Armenia, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh Since our first visit to Eastern Europe in the Spring and Summer of 2014 I have become mildly obsessed with trying to find Socialist era...

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