Second attempt: Georgian National Museum

Having taken it slow these past few days to recover from four weeks of nonstop traveling, I had meant to go see the Georgian National Museum yesterday, which is just around the corner of my hostel. Of course, I had once again overlooked that it was a public holiday, which somehow always seems to be the case when (every once in a while) I decide to visit a museum..

Anyway, my second attempt today was more successful and I am quite glad I went. The Georgian National Museum was opened only in 2004 and its exhibition design is quite modern – spacious with only a few well-chosen exhibits which thankfully are labelled both in Georgian and English!

Having explored the treasury, which exhibits very beautiful gold jewellery originating from third century BC to the fourth AC, it was a bit of a shock when I went up four stories – and two millenia – and entered the “Musuem of Soviet Occupation”, suddently standing in front of one of the train carriages in which the participants of the national uprising of 1924 were executed.

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Armenia’s monasteries: Magic views and medieval graffiti

When you travel in Armenia (and Georgia, too) it seems that there’s always yet another monastery or church around the corner that is worth visiting. 

So, rather than boring the pants off you by listing (or worse, describing!) every single one that my friend Annegret and I have seen in the past weeks, here just the „best of Armenian religious sites“.

For the mystic monastery mood, listen to Annegret testing the famed acoustics of one of the chambers carved entirely from the rock at Geghard monastery as you continue.
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Out of season at lake Sevan…

Should you ever entertain the idea of travelling to lake Sevan in Armenia out of season (say, around April), beware! This is what might happen to you:

When we arrived our taxi driver wouldn’t believe that we were in the right place because the gate was shut and nobody seemed to be around at first. We were about to give up when the gates were opened… et voilá: Our hotel, and I mean “our” hotel, as we are the only two guests… 

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