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... is a moonscape of broken rocks, for all the world like solid rock has been rough-ploughed like a field of potatoes after cropping. It is extraordinary.
The road has no kerbs or white lining. Huge trucks grind up the steep slopes or thunder down the inclines as we rise to over 2,500 metres. The vast plains below disappear in the haze where the high peaks of the surrounding mountains can ...
... to Kars, in the northeast. I found a family who rented me a room in Doguybeazit (by Mt Ararat), and yes Erin, they had chickens (pic included)! As Mt Ararat is a closed military area do to its proximity to the Iran and Armenian borders, I didn't feel like dealing with the 2 day to 2 week bureaucratic hassle of getting a permit, nor the fee required, to climb the mountain. In Kars I visited the medieval Armenian city of Ani and did a day hike ...
After my eventful evening the night before, I had hoped for a long and quiet lie in. That was not to be, because at 4.45am I was awoken by a herd of wheely cases and general shouting of Japanese tourists. They had decided that they were the only people on the planet at that moment and so who cared how much noise they made and I must have been exhausted because I didn’t alight from my bed to remonstrate with them, though given their number I might have been in ...
... I walked around for ages trying to find my bus, or even a hint of the bus company who issued my ticket. Eventually a helpful security guard walked me to the back of the station and pointed to an idling bus and told me to run to it. So I walked quickly, as it’s difficult and very sweaty to run with my bags on my back. The attendant first just shook his head and said no, but after I refused to get out the bus the driver asked to look at my ticket, and told me ...
... an extraordinarily advanced series of ancient cisterns. It also offers a beautiful view of the farmlands below its ridgeline. And finally we visited Hosap Castle which is about an hours drive from Van. Built into a cliff, this was a terrific surprise addition to our itinerary. Hosap Castle was built by a Kurdish strongman in the 17th century and you can clamber through its ruins and also view the village below.