As we entered the festival, we were greeted by children dressed in traditional clothing and during the event there were dance performances by adults and children. Activities for attendees included playing games, competing in wrestling and viewing high-wire acrobats. There was amazing food and lots of hand crafted items for sale.
On Sunday May 5th, I went to the Gagauzian Hederlez celebration in Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova. It is the celebration of the beginning of summer and when livestock starts to go out to pastures again. One of the main activities at this celebration is horse racing. #Hederlez2019 First up are the beautiful mares and foals. Next up, … More Gagauzian Hederlez Celebration- The Horses
When I go from my village to Chisinau, I pass through 3 Raions: Stefan Voda (the raion I live in), Casueni and Aneni Noi. The signs as you enter and exit are beautiful along with a statue of the sun, grapes and storks, the bright yellow church and the rolling hills. Beautiful Moldova! … More Moldova- Raion Signs
Tucked in alleyways or set out on the sidewalks, I found many murals, yarn bombings and reuse statues. What a joy to turn a corner and see one of these beautiful pieces of art.
Yerevan is filled with amazing Public art; it seemed every where that I walked I would find a beautiful statue or just had to look up and see the steps of The Cascade. The Cascade is a structure built from limestone that includes several flights of stairs and platforms with waterfalls and art work. The … More Yerevan Public Art
I was in Yerevan for a few days in June. It is a beautiful city, very easy to navigate and lots of interesting architecture to see. Some of the amazing food and drinks that I had. I was there during the Men’s World Cup and enjoyed watching the game on the inflatable screen that was … More Yerevan
Our final day of the trip included walks around Ijevan and Dilijan before driving back to Yerevan. In Ijevan, we visited Ijevan Wine-Brandy Factory. It was built in 1951 and produces wine, fruit wine, sparkling wine, cognac, fruit vodka, and fruit jams. The cognac is placed in the traditional large clay pots with a lid of wax to allow … More Armenia TCT Day 6: Ijevan and Dilijan
On our fifth day, we started off walking around the Haghartsin Monastery. An interesting fact is that in the past, monks wanted to be useful in service even after death so had their graves placed in front of the churches for people to walk on. (You can see some of these in the sixth row … More Armenia TCT Day 5: Haghartsin Monastery to Ijevan
We started our day with a delicious breakfast at our guest house; the breakfast included home made jams and cheeses as well as lavash bread. We then rode in a high clearance jeep up to the Jukhtakvank twin monasteries and after a look around, started our hike. I loved the stone work at the monasteries … More Armenia TCT Day 4: Jukhtakvank twin monasteries to Haghartsin Monastery
On our third day, we had a simple breakfast at camp and hiked out of the forest and to the town of Gosh and the Goshavank monastery. We stopped by a cafe and were able to unload our camping gear, which was brought to out guest house for that evening. At several of the cafes, … More Armenia TCT Day 3: Goshavank monastery to Dilijan