Armenia is a trove of history, littered with crumbling churches perched
in spectacular settings. Landscapes transition rapidly from lush forests
to shimmering lakes and stark deserts. But the best thing about Armenia
is the Armenians themselves - ever welcoming and eager to show off their
country to visitors.
Christianity arrived in 301AD and Armenia proudly calls itself the
world's oldest Christian nation. Since the break up of the Soviet Union
Armenia has seen a revival of nationalism and traditional culture. The
capital Yerevan is the nation's hub of cultural activity and progressive
thought, sporting impressive museums and a lively modern arts scene.
Cafe culture has been perfected and it's de rigueur to spend inordinate
amounts of time lingering over bottles of Armenian cognac. Armenian food
is another treat - always served hot and fresh you can expect mounds of
grilled meats and vegetables straight from the nearest garden.