In the morning we travelled south again. The weather did not let us down this time, it was sunny with a few clouds and not too hot. Our first stop was a village of Russian Molokans who met the curious strangers with relaxed friendliness.
Elderly man with the typical dress and beard
Most houses made a clean and nice impression
Young woman in the typical dress
For lunch we stopped at the "Getap" restaurant near Dilijan. This did not consist of one large room, but of several small closed and half-open houses assembled around a little river. During our trip we saw several such restaurants, usually at rivers.
In Dilijan we visited "Old Dilijan Complex" which is also run by the Tufenkian Heritage. It contains a museum, a restaurant, several little shops, etc. and is certainly worth a visit - but don't forget to take enough money with you to buy some of the beautiful items they offer there :)
... of the Tufenkian Heritage
Later we arrived at Lake Sevan and visited the Sevan Monastery.
Cross stones at the entrance
View onto the lake
Below are the "ruins" of Soviet architecture - as ugly as ever!
For dinner we had whitefish from Lake Sevan - apart from the trout one of the famous types of fish in the lake. Our hotel Harsnaqar in Sevan looked very nice: an entire complex with hotel, bungalows, a leisure resort (which was not yet open at that time of year) and lovely furnitured spacy rooms - it seemed ideal for a summer holiday! However, the service in the hotel was still a very "socialist" one (those who have ever been visiting a country of the former Eastern block before 1989 know what that is like).
Tennis court with view on the lake
You can even go horse riding!!!
Houses for the guests
Plants in the hotel
In our room
Of course the furniture is a matter of taste ;) ...
... Barbara would have loved to take it with her...
... while Hermann found it ... well, a little extravagant :)
The spacy bathroom
View from the room onto the lake...
... and onto the village
Photos by us
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