06.10.2009 - 06.10.2009
We took so many pictures at Goshavank! The building is beautiful, the surrounding landscape is beautiful. It’s fascinating to realize how old it is and incredibly wonderful to have it in such great condition. It no longer functions as a monastery but still attracts masses of tourists. Visitors: please use it with care. I want it to still be around for a long time.
The next stop was Haghartsin Monastery (yes, another monastery) from the 10th century. A lot of the monasteries we’ve toured have been remote, but Haghartsin was especially isolated. We went up a mountain quite a ways and deep into the forest. It was being renovated when we got there. The work is being funded by an Arab from Dubai (yeah, I don’t get it either lol). This monastery doesn't operate anymore but has an interesting feature: a “bakery” with a brick oven making and selling bread. What’s cool about it is that it’s the same ancient oven that was used by the monks hundreds of years ago! It still functions. We bought some delicious, right-from-the-oven goodies. Those monks were living large, I tell ya.
Our next stop was another monastery called...something, in...somewhere. I sort of had an overload of these ancient structures and can't tell you anything about this particular visit except that it was raining.
The two on the right are newly-weds from Iran honeymooning in Armenian. Next to them is a couple from Switzerland – an Armenian girl and Italian guy – also on their honeymoon. Then there’s the lady from Australia; beside her is Armine, our spectacular tour guide; and our bus driver at the head of the table. On the other side, which isn't visible, is a couple from NY, and my mom and sis. The “traditional” Armenian meal was good, but nowhere near the caliber of my mama’s cooking. Thanks though