‘Five things that will surprise you in Armenia’ – for Wandelion


Read my short post “Five things that will surprise you in Armenia” on Wandelion – a travel blog about the south Caucasus republics of Georgia and Armenia.

Taking the train between Yerevan and Gyumri was going to be the highlight of my time in Armenia – especially the journey through Ararat province. But on the day I went, Mount Ararat was hidden by clouds. Instead, the best part of my trip was the beautiful sight of white storks gliding above the farms and fields next to the train, and making their nests on top of the station buildings at Masis and Etchmiatsin. In Armavir province, hoopoes fly next to the train tracks. I learned that Armenia is paradise for birdwatchers: it is home to over half of all the species that live in Europe.

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