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... Catholicos, the chief primate of the faith.
We attended part of a Sunday service after an interminably long preamble by Laura. Pix were allowed, believers and non-belivers partaking. I would have been content if they were banned. Candles were being burned. Singing was largely with a choir. Some small hymn books were being used. Incense was being spread.
The Catholicos appeared c 1150. He was clearly a revered figure for the faithful. The timing was ...
... one of the two major centres of learning in Georgia attracts loads of visitors.
We did plan on visiting the 17th century fort at Telavi, however, for some inexplicable reason it was closed when we visited so we decided to give it a miss. We did get to see the 900 year old plane tree nearby. I got my photo taken on the tree, then I promptly fell out of it. L says it’s just as well I’m a stuffed toy or I’d be well and ...
... 75% full. Both national anthems were made before the match and the Samoan team did a Huka dance (a chant with arm and leg motions, most famously done by the Maori and New Zealand sports teams). The match was really good - the score was always close and both Samoa and Georgia lead at various times. With about 10 minutes left, Georgia went ahead at a score of 16-15. Samoa was getting close to scoring but then the whistle blew that time had run out. Georgia (the 18th best team) ...
... July 8th, it was announced that the remaining Armenian women and young girls should marry Muslims. Jacobson wrote: "The Kurds already take whatever girls they want."
-----She wrote, ten days later, that Turks took the Armenians' possessions when they were told to leave, before they'd even left.
-----On July 24th, it was announced that any Turk found hiding an Armenian would be hung and his house burned. All houses would be searched.
... but there's always shooting going on along the border with Karabakh. That guy from our village died in a border clash."
Wow. I guess this stuff is more fresh than I'd realized. But none of these guys seem to be depressed about it.
"Armenia is strong" he continues.
"Why do you say that?"
"We f----d Turkey... we f---d Russia.... we f---d Azerbaijan--nobody can f--- with us!"
I hope this guy isn't going to be a history ...