So, why Armenia?
– the history. Everywhere in Armenia you stumble into history. All over the country you can find impressive centuries-old monasteries (did you know that Armenia is the oldest country in the world with the Christian religion?). My personal favourites were Noravank and Sanahin – both located in the remote areas and both a truly stunning and spiritual places! But to me more important was learning about the Armenian genocide, one of the most tragic events of the 20th century that sadly not many people remember about. When you visit Yerevan be sure to go to the Genocide Memorial (or better even start your sightseeing of the city there) – it will help you understand this small Caucasus nation and the place you’re about to explore. It was probably the most touching museum I’ve ever been to!
– the food. It is a silly reason and you can say the same about most of the countries. But the food in Armenia is so damn delicious! During my recent visit together with Zof we’ve spent a big part of our afternoons in the restaurants, stuffing ourselves with one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had (you never can go wrong with vegetarian dolma!) Vegetarians will find themselves in the food paradise too – at least I was! The fruits and vegetables in Armenia were the best, they’ve tasted just like in my childhood! Eating in Armenia is a pure pleasure and it’s so easy to lost yourself among all the delicious food! Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!
– Yerevan! The capital of Armenia is already a good reason to visit the country. Unfortunately the majority of people who visit it can’t see how cool the city is, it doesn’t leave a very good first impression. But if you give Yerevan a chance you won’t be disappointed! The incredible cafe culture, the contemporary art, the young vibe with the old times feel… I can go on and on about why Yerevan is awesome but I have a better idea – you better go there and see it yourself!
I can go on and on about how incredible Armenia is, why you should go there right away and why you will love it. But at the same time I hope not too many people will discover it so it will stay like it is now – off the beaten path, undiscovered and simply great!