Bagratashen

The village of Bagratashen is located on the Armenian-Georgian border. The Dbet river separates the two countries, with the border crossing just outside the village. Bagratashen was well-known by locals…

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What is Easter in Armenia?

Easter is tasteful and energetic, colorful, blossoming, because lent is over and spring joy enters everyone’s heart christening for resurrection and new life.  Armenia’s Easter is truly lively. It is…

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Mshkavank

Walking to Mshkavank from KoghbA short hike from Koghb or Noyemberyan is Mshkavank, a 13th century monastery whose 5th-6th century triple-nave Basilica church was most likely built on top of…

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The Fruit

On one of the last warm weeks of summer, I was biking uphill on a country road, standing on the pedals of my steel-framed mountain bike when a car pulled…

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Undiscovered Armavir Marz

I live near Armavir Marz, which I used to think was the most boring, un-touristworthy Marz in Armenia. Sure, it has Echmiadzin, but that's all the way in the East,…

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