Armenia Travels Page Pictures:

Mount Ararat -- 25 miles from Yerevan, but across the border in Turkey -- unaccessible to the very people who claim to come from there.
View of the Opera House and Yerevan



Bagramyan Street, at the CNN headquarters, Between the Opera house and Parliment. Standard Soviet-style cars are the norm in Armenia, especially my favorite, the "Volga".
A cool Volga rolls down Mashtots street.

The daily grind in Yerevan..

Me hanging outside of the parliment building. There was a massive demonstration planned for this evening, where the locals were planning to have another "Tulip Revolution" like in Tiblisi. More about that below.

The Impending Revolution - Revolt on the Streets


Protests started at the Opera Square, from there they plan to march up Bagramyan to 'Bust down da Parliment.

The insurgents are growing restless...and eventually begin marching on the parliment...

However, the incument powers are not stupid -- riot police and water cannons are moved in, and protesters are either sprayed, beaten or shot. None of this is ever filmed by CNN or major players -- the "uprising" is inevitably squashed. Most of the ordinary citizens don't seem to care. They say that the new, insurgent government would be just as bad as the current one, so why bother..

Historical Sites



Armenia is long on Monestaries -- it has tons of them. A couple of the monestaries closer to Yerevan are below.


The Pagan temple at Garni.


Gerhard Monestary

The Gaurdian protecting the Gerhardt Valley

The monestary at Gerhardt.. built over the course of 100 years between 1200 and 1300 AD. A standard visit for tourists to Armenia.


Watch a video of the Bread-vendors outside of Gerhard Monestary.. the main items to buy here are: sweet bread and fruit leather. (about 500K to watch the movie).

Me and Ed __ at the Gerhardt Monestary, about 30 KM from Yerevan.
Indiana Jones would have been proud in this Monestary, with all of the angled lighting and dark, scary underground carvings.


View of the outer valley, with snow still on the mountaintops.


The Pagan ritual of sacrifice. A family sacrifices a lamb at Gerhardt.
The Genocide Memorial -- April 24th.



Some building at the bottom of the hill on Genocide Day.


Flowers to place at the "Eternal Flame".. Miles, Sosse, Michael, Mike's friend from Spain, F and his french girlfriend. And __ a friend of Chad's who works for a Democracy-Facilitation Organization (name?).

The Walk Up to the Eternal Flame.

The Monument. The flame is inside of the shell-looking monument and the spire is supposed to represent strength and unity for Armenians worldwide.

Depositing flowers around the "eternal flame"

People


Lena and Diana -- the night shift receptionists at the Congress hotel who took me around Yerevan the first few days. This picture is on the "cascades" rising above town.
Me, Michael, and ___ at the Armenian Navy Band Concert.

The Lead singer (ONNO) and instrumentalists from the ANB.

Marshall M. and Ienea from Russia/Germany. At the Wednesday Night Poker Game.

Me, Michael, and Ralf from Germany and his wife. Ralf is running the Lycos Armenian programming team.

Chad Rogers, Mads, Sosse, Michael and me at Sunday Brunch at the Mariott/Armenia.

The party at Sosse's apartment -- Fazil's 24th birthday party.

T takes a hit off the Hoopka at Sosse's party.

The guys: Michael, __, Fazil, and ___. Lots of Iranian diaspora go to school in Armenia because the education is good and it's cheap. Even straight Iranians come to Armenia to escape the ultra-conservative religous scene.

T and Fazil show how to dance it up.

Sosse's bathroom -- complete with "Barf" soap and detergent.

T.

The SOHO Lounge

Chilling at the Soho with Amelia, Mads, and others.

Chad consults with the "Vice-Roy" at Soho