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... any mortar to hold them. The blocks fit so closely that one could not even slip a knife blade between them. One marvels at how, in this small kingdom, masters of stone craft building and architecture could be found since it would seem that nothing similar had ever been accomplished in that region in 800BC. One ask how could they gain this skill and indeed invest this type of construction and be such masters. The walls of ...
... that must be organised in advance and cannot be purchased at the border.
But it is the most easterly point of our tour and maybe a practice run for a future tour now that I know the way.
Here are some statistics. I am 3816km from home as the crow flies and have covered 6233km to get here by road, plus another 1000 by sea across the Adriatic. I have been driving for 70 hours in total at ...
... me close to the (militarized) Armenian border. I got a nice view of an Armenian military camp before I was asked to continue along a different path. I then got up early the next morning for my "bus," and find to my surprise I was told the wrong time. However, during my lovely wait at the fantastic Kars bus station, I ran in to a few other travelers going to other destinations, who were also told earlier times for there buses. So at least I made ...
... appeared that people either turned up for lunch while visiting the mountain, or stopped late at night and awoke early & left to see the sunset. This was confirmed by the 35 people who descended to be fed at lunch and the 40 Japanese tourists who at 8pm replaced the early departed from that morning and who would repeat the march of the wheely cases the next morning, much to my shagrin!
While I waited for sunset, so that I could head up to the ...
... our 40000 Rials worth of presents from the Tehran bazaar (about £2.50 worth), sampled a local specialty (Van is famous for white cats, with one blue eye and one green, and also the best breakfasts in Turkey - we treated ourselves to the latter) and walked up to the Castle for views over the surrounding snow capped mountains and ...