Barely two days had passed when my boyfriend surprised me with an air ticket to Armenia. We had spent momentous time searching and discussing the most attractive places to visit for our adventure. However, Armenia had never crossed my mind but I was very confident in Ken’s choice. He assured me of plenty charming and alluring sites that were a must to visit. This left me with every good reason to help anyone planning an adventure in choosing the right place, Armenia.
Armenia is a landlocked country bordering Turkey on its west and lying on the Caucasus region. It was a former Soviet republic and was the world’s first officially Christian country. Armenia offers a rich and antique culture, a great lake that covers a good portion of the country and the largest lake in the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, numerous mind-blowing mountains and scenic mountain valleys with welcoming climate and thus has continued seeing large numbers of tourists streaming in to maneuver and adore the alluring beauty.
We first stepped our feet in Yerevan where the dazzling Caucasus Mountains are located. The mountains are overwhelming due to their beautiful scenery and a nice geographical landscape. The place is also known to have amazing and wonderful variety of bird life thus making it the most visited place in the world. We got the opportunity to move around the mountains and to our surprise we met horrific land creatures, animals and reptiles that almost spoiled our day, their physical structure could only make someone panic but luckily and as expected we encountered the wildlife guards who took us around the mountains. It was actually difficult to climb the mountain because of its rising altitude but we managed to scale a few meters where the lovely mountain peak could be seen clearly. The lower sides of the mountain was covered with a dense mountainous forest .It was indeed a remarkable visit that we cherished every moment of our walk through the mountains. Moreover, we enjoyed fresh cool air that infused directly into our lungs and thus giving us great relief from the tiring mood as we ascended the beautiful mountains.
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We advanced our journey to the scenic museum of Parajanov. The museum was named after the artistic and unique collection of artworks made by the film director Sergey Paranajov to acknowledge his works as one of the best masters of cinematography in the 20th century. This is the best place I would advice someone to visit, the outstanding features and the items in this museum makes it more fun and also the exceptional design of the entire building. We had to spend most of our time here because of the cool and unruffled atmosphere that continued mesmerizing our breath. We were also privileged to get the authentic insight into Sergey Paranajov confidential and professional life. Everything was well administered here, there being a gist of shops selling unique and original copies of Sergey films and other artistic works. My boyfriend insisted that we carry with us one copy of the film which was to act as a tribute to the place and also to have good memories of the museum. It was certainly a notable place to be and I requested my boyfriend to visit the place again in our next holiday.
We then carried on to the Cascade museum which is known historically to be the best tourist’s destination. It is an open-air museum with fine art that is dated back to the Soviet era. The best time to be in this place is summer season whereby the weather is a bit friendly unlike the icy and frosty winter season. At the time of our arrival, we found hard time trying to trespass through the crowded museum filled with large hordes of tourists. There is a small outdoor cafe’s that can lead you to the walk to the Cascade. There is also a lift that can take you to the top or better still one can use stairs. While at the top one can have an excellent and wonderful view of the city of Yerevan and other scenery features. It is incredibly the highest place and at some point needs courage, so I was held firmly by my boyfriend till we were at the peak of Cascade. We were able to see almost every part of the city in front of us as if it were a few meters away. Another interesting thing in this cascade museum is the unique sculptures, gift shops, beautiful gardens and Jaz bars. We eventually ceased our tour and took a rest at one of the restaurants where we took some drinks before proceeding to the next place. The experience was very amusing.
The Republic Square was next. It is known to be a tourist hot spot and is the core square in the Yerevan City. This extroverted square is extraordinary for its large size and also the fascinating architecture design of the buildings, the National Art gallery and the Marriot hotel. The most interesting part in the square was the bopping water fountains that not only offered merry to kids but also to adults. We remained glued to the spot for a good deal of our time appreciating the noteworthy beauty of the square. Sweet and enchanting Armenia music filled the air from the many music shops at all corners and we had to carry several of the CD’s with us to ensure amiable memories of the square stuck in our minds. The square was tempting that we agreed to visit it again on our next trip to Armenia.
We could hardly leave Armenia before visiting the Noratus cemetery that is located on the Gegharqunik region. Noratus is well known for its aged cemetery of Khachkars that are better known as the cross stones. It was quite strange to see hundreds of beautifully carved khachkars that stood on the vast territory of the cemetery. We kept wandering how they had come to be but were grateful to the very revealing signboards along the cemetery wall that gave us striking information of the cemetery. Our visit was really worth our efforts and was it not for the tight rule that forbid us from plotting through the whole cemetery; we would have considered taking an awesome rest on these grounds. We loved visiting the place many times. My boyfriend was particularly interested in the varieties of stones that made the carvings since they ranged between different eras and thus sought to carry on further search on their history.
The eye-catching Karahunj that is popularly known as Stonehedge was a spectacular place we would not want to imagine missing. The Stonehedge is one of the oldest in the world as it is 3,500 years older than the England Stonehedge. It was a memorable moment to feel and be passionate about the world’s history. Captivating and inviting petroglyphs were displayed on many stones. The stone scriptings were indeed mind blowing as they brought to us a better understanding of Sun born Nature. A temple that has about forty stones is believed to have been built at the central part of the Stonehedge in benediction of the Armenia main god, Ari which meant sun.
It was a fantastic moment to experience the beauty endowed in Armenia and consistently thanked Ken for having considered this very place. Armenia can only be described as a rich fountain of happiness. It’s a place all should visit for their holidays, anniversaries or just for fun. The beauty in Armenia was beyond our imagination and the only option was to visit the place a second time. The visit was really awe-inspiring. Thanks to Ken.