Only one single day was needed to realize Armenia is one of those countries, which steal a piece of your heart.
Don’t get me wrong, Georgia was nice, but Armenia is AMAZING! Whenever we travel, there are countries with the perfect vibe for you and I guess Armenia got it for us.
Ever since our first stop at Makaravank monastery, we were sold. The monastery might not be anything special from the outside, but as soon as I walked into it, I got goose bumps. Wow… so wild, so real, so pure… and miles away from being touristic. I felt like stepping in a time machine and traveled centuries back. Tall stone pillars, few decorations carved into the stoned walls and steps leading to a smaller room, where ceremonies were held. That was something I was searching for in Georgia and could not find it. Something so simple, but so magnificent.
When I was standing there, in the middle of the church, I felt like all the walls tried to talk to me, telling me their centuries old stories. I felt so alive and so grateful I can be a part of this journey.
Also the famous monastery at the Sevan Lake did not disappoint. There were more tourists (mostly domestic) though, but it was still nice to do a stop there.
But the best part of the day came at the end. We did wilderness camping along the Sevan Lake and guess what – I am not sure about you, but we had no idea, the Sevan Lake has such beautiful bays and white sandy beaches. It felt so unreal.
To top it all off, we were surrounded by high mountains, reaching more than 2500 meters above sea level. The lake itself is at 1900 meters of altitude.
I can only hope that these kind of beauties will last throughout our Armenia travel. We have been in Armenia for a day, but I can easily say that today was one of those moments, for which all the tough days on the road are worthwhile.