Monday 22 April 2019


We reached the Sanahin monastery built in the late 12th century after four hours travelling from Yerevan on an appealing, pothole strewn road that reminded me of 1990 Romania but more so.

It's the only road from Yerevan to Tbilisi. It takes you through the winding and absolutely stunning Debed canyon. A Renaissance Italian or German painting.

There were annoyingly four or five other people at the monastery and Lonely Plant says it can be hard to find a parking space in high season. Apparently there is a cable car from the nearest town.

Armenia didn't have postcards last time I came, thirteen years ago, but tourism is still small beer so far. This lunch is wonderful huge and costs €10 with a glass of the local red.

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