Dili Villa B&B Guesthouse
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... residence and this is where we tried to drive in without knowing it. We were stopped by armed men and told to drive back. We finally parked at the bottom of the monastery and walked all the way up to see it. The view from it was stunning. We then stopped at the waterfront restaurant. Ania ordered BBQed trout which is the local speciality (delicious! just hard to pick meat from millions of tiny fishbones) and Peter had pork shishkebab wrap. All quite expensive ...
... tyres were still up. When we walked back, we couldn't believe that we drove over it and still had a wheel left on the car. We either clipped the back or the steel grate gave away on us as we passed over it. There was a hole about a meter deep. After thanking our lucky stars we carried on. We saw many more holes similar. It is a lethal place to drive in Armenia, you can't take your eyes off the road for a second because of the holes, cows, dogs or wild ...
... before it was burned by Timur's army in the 13th century.
The other monastery complex, Harhartsin (Dance of Eagles), is a more extensive complex that was built in the 12th century by two brothers who were princes of a nearby kingdom. It lies deep within a lovely forest and the surrounding hillsides were ablaze with color. Some interesting features here included the brothers' seal at the back of the church, a sun dial and ...
... with a sheer drop. Not pleasant. We met a few family groups at this point making their way to Lastiver but Saro advised them to turn back as they wouldn't have time to do it before dark. Saro had predicted that it would take us 90 minutes because of the initial steep climb but we made it in an hour which was pretty good going. Before heading to Dilijian where we would be staying overnight, we headed to Goshavank monastery. The village there has a ...
... Jason as well.
Rowan and I with flashlights in hand went for to find a spot to pee… in the woods on the hill we heard the howl of an animal or was it Rogan playing a joke on us – either way it was getting closer with each howl and it was not long before Rowan left me in her dust as she ran back to the truck.
In the end I slept on the truck staying up until the wee hours of the night writing my journal, using a sarong ...
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