Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Travel Wish List: Armenia

I've been to the European continent, but never to anywhere that might be called Eurasia. But since my friends over at Arara Tour turned me onto it, the region -- and Armenia in particular -- is looking like a really fun place to travel as a family!

If you're not familiar with this part of the world, it's time to start. Armenia, bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and two small republics, is surrounded by the stunning Ararat mountains referenced in the Bible. Like Nicaragua, it boasts one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Sevan -- but unlike Nicaragua's, this one is situated at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, according to Arara's Summer Tours page.

And that's just the start. The country also boasts a rich history, endless churches, and delicious foods. The surrounding mountains are a gem, filled with flowers in the spring and summer and bountiful hiking. Since some of the roads outside the capital city are still relatively rough, they make for a perfect foray into mountain biking -- as i've now done on many "roads" here in Nicaragua. In fact, nearly anywhere with relatively low traffic and less-than-stellar dirt roads make for a great mountain biking destination for you and the family...

As far as family trips, Armenia is a relatively safe country -- something that's always a concern in an area known for frequent unrest. Ancient history and archaeology abound there, so it's a perfect destination for a family of history buffs. In short, the country offers a diverse range of things to do, delicious Mediterranean-style foods, and a tourism industry that's just now beginning to blossom.

Sounds like a great fit for a mom raising a young revolutionary...

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