After two weeks in Georgia, it was time to visit next country in Caucasus. I took a marshrutka from Tbilisi to Yerevan, Armenia; 280 km ride can take up to 8 hours.
Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country.
Republic Square is the main and the biggest square of the capital city Yerevan. The Republic Square is truly an embodiment of the Armenian culture and creative mind, it incorporates national stones and national symbols. The buildings that make up the Square are made of Armenian felsite tufa stone. In Apr-May 2018, this square was the home of the Armenian Velvet Revolution.
Few pictures from walking around the city.
Though Armenia is most popular for its Wine, Kilikia is the most popular beer in Armenia.
Once Again I was in the right place at the right time, while I was in Yerevan, the country was celebrating Vardavar, The most popular Festival of Armenia, where people drench each other with water. During the day of Vardavar, people are allowed to douse strangers with water. It is common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies on unsuspecting people walking below them.
I made Yerevan my base and traveled around the country taking day trips.
One of the day trip was to the Lake Sevan, only 60 km from Yerevan. Lake Sevan, situated at 1900m above sea level and covering 1242 km2, is the largest body of water in the Caucasus region and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. The lake is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the incoming water is drained by the Hrazdan River.
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After a week in this beautiful country, I took an organized tour to an unrecognized country of Artsakh.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...