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Armenia

A Hidden European Treasure

By Allwyn Roman WaghelaPublished about a month ago 2 min read
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Armenia, nestled in the Caucasus region, remains an underrated European gem. This mountainous country, bordered by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Iran, holds secrets waiting to be discovered. Here are some captivating places to explore:

1.) Yerevan : The pink city with volcanic tuff architecture, Yerevan boasts a rich history spanning 2,800 years. Stroll its wide avenues, revel in green spaces, and savor the vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss the Cascade Complex and the local craft beer scene.

2.) Lake Sevan : At 1,899 meters above sea level, Lake Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus. Its azure waters reflect ancient monasteries, including the Noratus cemetery with exquisite khachkars (Armenian cross-stones).

3.) Dilijan : Known as Armenia’s Switzerland, Dilijan enchants with lush forests, serene trails, and ancient monasteries. Explore the Haghartsin and Goshavank Monasteries, and immerse yourself in local culture and hospitality.

4.) Khor Virap : With Mount Ararat as its backdrop, Khor Virap is steeped in biblical lore. Legend has it that Noah’s Ark rested here. The view is awe-inspiring, connecting ancient tales to the present day.

Let me tell you something about the Armenian cuisine :

1.) Lavash : This traditional Armenian flatbread is soft, thin, and baked in a tandoor (clay oven). It’s often served with various spreads, cheeses, or used to wrap kebabs.

2.) Khorovats (Armenian BBQ) : Khorovats is a beloved dish made from marinated chunks of meat (usually lamb, beef, or chicken) grilled over an open flame. The secret lies in the marinade, which typically includes onions, garlic, and herbs.

3.) Dolma : Stuffed grape leaves or vegetables (such as bell peppers, eggplants, or zucchinis) filled with a mixture of rice, minced meat, and aromatic spices. Dolma is often served with yogurt or a tomato-based sauce.

4.) Harissa : A hearty dish made from slow-cooked wheat and meat (usually chicken or lamb). It’s seasoned with butter, salt, and warm spices. Harissa has a comforting, porridge-like consistency.

5.) Khash : A traditional winter soup made from cow’s feet or other gelatinous cuts of meat. It’s simmered for hours with garlic, onions, and spices. Khash is often enjoyed with lavash and vodka.

6.) Ghapama : A festive dish prepared during celebrations. It’s a pumpkin stuffed with a sweet and savory mixture of rice, dried fruits, nuts, and honey. The pumpkin is baked until tender.

7.) Cheese and Herbs : Armenian cheeses like Lori, Charkhli, and Chanakh are popular. They pair wonderfully with fresh herbs, olives, and crusty bread.

8.) Basturma : Air-dried, cured beef or lamb, coated with a mixture of crushed garlic, fenugreek, and paprika. It’s thinly sliced and served as a flavorful appetizer.

9.) Sujukh : A sweet treat made by dipping walnuts into a thickened grape juice mixture. The coated walnuts are then hung to dry, resulting in a chewy, fruity delight.

10.) Armenian Coffee : Strong, dark coffee brewed in a special pot called a jazzve. It’s often served with a cube of sugar and a glass of water.

Remember, Armenian cuisine is not just about the food—it’s about sharing meals with loved ones, celebrating traditions, and savoring the warmth of hospitality. 🇦🇲❤️

Armenia, a tapestry of monasteries, lakes, and mountains, awaits your exploration. Let its underrated beauty unfold before your eyes! 🌿🏞️

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Allwyn Roman Waghela

I am a professional blogger, writing about topics such as travel, food, and lifestyle thus, showcasing my creativity and communication skills.

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  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶about a month ago

    Thanks for the delightful peek at Armenia! Sounds beautiful 🤩 along with its food… but I’m not adventurous for Khash🤣

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Sounds gorgeous!

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