Left Friday night after work, spent the night in Sissian. The following morning, we went through Tatev Monastery then followed the back road to Kapan. This town would have to be one of favourite places in Armenia, the air is crystal clear, the temperature is very pleasant and the locals, well they don’t even stare, just a quick look to kill their curiosity and that’s it, it’s wonderful.
We went on to visit Halidzor fortress (a nice hike covered by trees), Vahanavank Monastery, Baghaberd fortress on a huge cliff where heaps of foreign tourists were descending from. Kajaran pass at an altitude of 2500 m was great, then onto Meghri. Saw a great church filled with frescoes where I went stupid photographing.
From Meghri, we went to the border driving along the Arax river which had an amazing effect being so close to it, all the way to Zangelan village. On the way back near Kapan, we visited Yeritsavank where the view from the top was out of this world!!!
Driving through Goris we ran into the legendary Norair, from Jack’s “My Limp” book from last year. This guy is such a character, I spotted him on the highway dancing on top of a diesel barrel, really someone should do a documentary on him.
Lastly the Armenians from Istambul are a blast, they are such a hoot, loud and hot blooded. More later.