Armenia is a small country who doesn’t get along well with its neighbors. Somehow we found ourselves inside and found a whole lot of reason to spend a few days with virtually no other westerners around. We were couchsurfers for a few nights in Yerevan and during the day we got out of town to see the [pictured] Geghard Monastery as well as the Garni Temple.
Before getting to Yerevan we had stopped in Vanadzor to see some other monasteries. Having already seen those, Geghard was on some level “just another” monastery. That being said though, it was interesting to see how much better the condition was at Geghard than it had been at the Vanadzor monasteries. This was largely due to its location carved out of the surrounding cliff side. It was a beautiful place and one worth visiting. The most exciting part of the day for however, was our encounter with a few friendly Iranians!
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IF YOU GO: The Geghard Monastery and the Garni Temple are both accessible from Yerevan without much trouble. Yerevan is an incredibly pedestrian friendly city and really very easy to navigate. Like nearby Tbilisi it has loads of art and historical artifacts but I think these are much more accessible in Yerevan than Tbilisi.