It was 11 years ago that I first set foot in Armenia, my homeland. At the time I was barely a teenager and more concerned with travelling alone with my choir & friends than I was with actually seeing and experiencing the country. This time around, obviously things were different. For starters, I decided to travel alone, and rather than cramming many locations and acting like a total tourist, I decided to experience the country as a local – as much as I could anyway. So most of my 1 week trip was spent in Yerevan, the capital, with only a couple of day-trips outside the city.
I gotta say I had low expectations prior to my trip, but it only took 7 days for me to fall completely in love with my country.
Some of the things that I loved about Armenia:
- The cleanness of the air
- The impeccable urban planning of Yerevan. (click the link to see exactly what I mean)
- The fact that there are countless parks and public spaces all around Yerevan
- The architecture of the old buildings and the use of the unique stones available in Armenia
- The safety (I was out till 1am at night, walking the streets and didn’t feel the least bit threatened. Granted I wasn’t walking alone, but still!)
- The fact that there are water fountains around street corners in Yerevan, where you can drink as you go from one place to the other
- Did I mention the nature of Armenia??
I could obviously go on about what I love about the country, but I might as well show you a bit of it too.
From the nature:
To the architecture:
And more specifically, the architecture and mood of the many churches:
And the best view of the entire trip, finally seeing Mount Ararat clearly!
PS: this is Part 1 of my Armenia trip blog posts. There will be 2 more to come along the coming weeks (one focusing on the people), so stay tuned!