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Hosap Castle was built between 800 and 600 BC by a Urartu king and was later rebuilt by the Kurdish king. The Kurdish king had small principality and he was working for the Romans guarding the Southeast portion of the Roman Empire protecting it from attack by the Persians. It is large castle. It was quite a climb to get to the top. At portions of …
We are circumnavigating Lake Van from West to East along the South shore. Van lies cross the lake from Tatvan the East coast. Our first destination was the Church of the Holy Cross which is situated approximately half way to Van. It was built on an island on Lake Van in 918 by an Armenian King of the lower Armenian kingdom. It is the oldest of the …
... 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 ...
Here are some observations from the plane by Ali (although the view was hampered by the wing of the plane).
We flew over Iran and close to the Iran/Iraq/ Turkey border. The land was brown and quite barren looking. There were a few mountain ranges. I saw some lakes, one of which was bordered by ash grey land.It was actually quite similar to Lake George in NSW near ...
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 ...