Ararat

Our Trip

Day 7 - May 4

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.

Molokan village
The Molokan village

Molokan village
Elderly man with the typical dress and beard

Molokan village
Most houses made a clean and nice impression

Molokan village

Molokan village
"Public transport"

Molokanendorf
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.

Restaurant
"Getap" restaurant

Restaurant

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 :)

Dilijan
The "Old Dilijan Complex"...

Dilijan
... of the Tufenkian Heritage

Later we arrived at Lake Sevan and visited the Sevan Monastery.

Monastery
"Sevanavank" - the Sevan Monastery

Monastery
Cross stones at the entrance

Lake Sevan
View onto the lake

Lake Sevan
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).

Hotel
The hotel

Hotel

Hotel
Tennis court with view on the lake

Hotel
Swimming pool

Hotel
You can even go horse riding!!!

Hotel
Houses for the guests

Hotel
Plants in the hotel

Hotel
In our room

Hotel
Of course the furniture is a matter of taste ;) ...

Hotel
... Barbara would have loved to take it with her...

Hotel
... while Hermann found it ... well, a little extravagant :)

Hotel
The spacy bathroom

Hotel
View from the room onto the lake...

Hotel
... and onto the village

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