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Continuing my weekly series of overseas train trips from down the years…….. To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia, via Tbilisi. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper on an […]
Thoughts of my visit to Armenia definitely help to banish those Monday morning blues.
Mount Ararat is an almost mystical place that you hear about as a child for being the final resting place of Noah’s Ark once the flood waters had subsided. This rather grainy photo was taken from the train as we approached Armenian capital Yerevan shortly after sunrise following a long overnight journey from Batumi in […]
The three ex-Soviets all make intriguing destinations. Armenia I have been to Armenia once and had a wonderful time. I arrived by overnight train from Georgia, at one point sharing our compartment with a blind cat! We actually arrived on Armenia’s Independence Day so we’re able to gatecrash a great party. As well as the […]
Train Tours Around Eastern Europe This is more an account of several train tours undertaken between 2006 and 2014, some of which are featured in my book about train tours in the Balkans. 2006, Istanbul – Thessaloniki – Meteora – Skopje – Lake Ohrid – Nis – Sofia We were due to take a October […]
Nagorno Karabakh Conflict The two former Soviet Republics are in conflict once more over the Nagorno Karabakh region – officially part of Azerbaijan but with a huge ethnic Armenian population. It is to Armenia what Kosovo is to Albania. NK as it is known, declared its own independence in the ‘90s and runs as an […]
I visited the delightful capital of Armenia in 2014. Armenia is not easy to get to from the UK. There are no direct flights and three of the four land borders are not accessible, a consequence of Armenia’s long running disputes with Azerbaijan & Turkey and our own less than cordial relationship with Iran. There […]
Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox calendar. A day of celebration for Greeks, Russians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, Georgians, Armenians, Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and a host of others. Here are a few Orthodox cathedrals & churches that I have visited over the years. Χριστός ἀνέστη!
Today’s Monday Morning Blues photo comes from my 2015 trip to Armenia. I took an excursion out of the wonderful capital Yerevan to the South Caucasus Region and we stopped off at this lovely church along the route.