So where exactly in the world you could hit three birds in one stone while it’s supposed to be only two?!
Capital A-R-M-E-N-I-A! Welcome to the Land of Noah 🙂
It’s a former Soviet republic lying in the Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe, with its neighboring countries Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran –
Not a popular country for a tourist destination but it’s always so fascinating to be able to take that adventure where not many have explored yet. And I must admit, as a devoted Roman Catholic, I have decided to visit Armenia the second I’ve known, it’s the Land of Noah.
Well I am not going to talk about history but according to the biblical timeline, Noah’s ark landed on the top of Mount Ararat bordering Turkey and Armenia; dot dot dot, history happened- this became the first country to establish Christianity in 301 AD.
Now say hello to the oldest cathedral in the world, the ETCHMIADZIN :
I’m absolutely stunned as I took this photograph.. I felt like I’m back in the early fourth century! *goosebumps*
Why who wouldn’t want to be taken back to the past where Christianity started?
But before anything else, just like travelling to any other countries – don’t forget to check if you would need a visa to legally enter Armenia.
If you’re a Filipino citizen (like me. hehe!) you can definitely get a visa on arrival. a single tourist entry is amounting 3,000 Armenian dram.
Note: It would be easier if you bring US dollars or Euro as those are the two of the only four available currencies you may exchange for Armenian dram to pay for the tourist visa once you land at their airport (AED and PHP not included).
If you’re coming from the UAE, there are travel agencies that can provide tour packages to Armenia. Usually they give 4 days and 3 nights including airfare, accommodation with free breakfast.
For the tours in Armenia, the hotels there offer packages or you could also check cheaper deals along the streets of Yerevan (the capital city) as you will find people on standby with their vans that have pricing and tour images on it. Some hostels will also offer a free tour which covers three to four places in a day given you stayed more than 6 days for the accommodation (#BestHostel).
You also have an option to try couchsurfing (#https://www.couchsurfing.com) or find a host who is willing to give free tours and a place to stay in exchange of any assistance or a volunteer work.
Whatever suits you, Armenia is definitely worth a visit especially if you have a thing in History, Christianity, and Mother Nature like I do.. talk about hitting three birds in one stone splits in ten:
1. Republic Square, Yerevan – where the clock watches people as they stop, look and listen.
2. Lake Sevan – where the sky touches the mountains and the lake.
3. Saghmosavank Monastery – where the Winter breeze meets the Spring leaving, as Summer arrives.
4. Garni Temple – where you can be alone or be with everybody else, still it’s 1st century AD feels.
5. Amberd Castle – where fairytales exist, disappear, but live for a hundred years.
6. Wings of Tatev, the largest Aerial tramway in the world – where you fly without wings, as you gaze the devils road below.
7. The monument of Armenian Alphabet – where you won’t be able to identify others, but U.
8. The Noravank Mountains – where I was all the time, in AWE!
9. The Armenian Genocide – where Armenians remember how the past was tortured and how the future survived.
10. Mount Aragat – where winter never dies.
and YES! I’d still definitely go back (for the third time. hah!) ‘coz let me not forget to mention that if it weren’t for its beautiful ruins, religion and amazing chill out nature views, there are very affordable wines, lovely people and great food!
( Whoopsie! how much did it cost me total? 500 USD including airfare and accommodation for a week visit! )
Now you can head to Armenia and go hit three birds in one stone too or you could also follow me and check more shots and the video below if you need more convincing! 😉
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