Into the Woods and by a Stream

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Monastery at Haghartsin

Next it back into the mini-bus and down into Dilijan again.  We were able to find the meat this time and Rob grabbed a couple of Snickers bars for a snack for us.  It was a good thing too, because lunch was not until 15:00.  Meat in hand we start towards Haghartsin, another monastery.  We started snaking back into the forest.  A quick stop for firewood and we were on.  When we arrived at the monastery it was covered in scaffolding as it is being heavily renovated with money from a sheik.  He came for a visit as his financial advisor is Armenian.  He loved the church so much when he saw it he decided to donate the money for the renovation.  The interior of the church was very similar to the last one, but it had a water trough around the outer edge of the outer room.

Chandelier at Haghartsin
  Behind the church there was a tree which looked like it was hollowed out buy fire or lightening.  Supposedly if you stand inside the tree and make a wish it will come true.  There were dozens of Armenian people lined up to do this. We waited and made our wishes, too, my was three part.  There was also a tree with many pieces of fabric tired to it.  Gevorg told us that it is good luck to tie a piece of fabric on a tree near a church.  The views were so spectacular. 

 

We began to get a little crowded with all of the children so we headed back into the forest to find a place for the barbecue.  The first site we stopped at didn’t have benches so we moved on.

Majestic view from Haghartsin Monastery
  When we agreed upon a spot it was time to start the fire. This old guy came along (looking like trouble) and was having an argument with Gevorg about a fee that was due and he wanted to charge much more than Gevorg thought was fair but, didn’t want to argue anymore and paid it.  The wood that we bought wasn’t dry enough so it took a while to start the fire.  There was a lot of smoke and eventually a fire.  I went for a walk down the hill and along the stream. There was a really great tree easy to climb up into with a view of the stream.  Gevorg and the driver began cooking.  The pork pieces they had were big and juicy.   For me, they made potatoes.  To rounded out the meal with cucumbers and tomatoes and Armenian flat bread called Lavash.  It is flat and similar to a tortilla.  The food was very delicious and Rob ate so much meat he could look at it any more.  Gevorg actually out ate Rob. He must have a hollow leg, because he is a very skinny guy.

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Monastery at Haghartsin
Monastery at Haghartsin
Chandelier at Haghartsin
Chandelier at Haghartsin
Majestic view from Haghartsin Mona…
Majestic view from Haghartsin Mon…
Under reconstruction the monastery…
Under reconstruction the monaster…
Ray of light
Ray of light
Interior of monastery at Haghartsin
Interior of monastery at Haghartsin
Light from above
Light from above
Cross stone at Haghartsin
Cross stone at Haghartsin
Detailed cross stone at Haghartsin
Detailed cross stone at Haghartsin
Close up of chandelier
Close up of chandelier
White and red filters
White and red filters
Rob enjoying Haghartsin
Rob enjoying Haghartsin
Me in the georgous landscape of Ha…
Me in the georgous landscape of H…
Where did all the kids come from?
Where did all the kids come from?
River side stop
River side stop
Looking cool in the middle of nowh…
Looking cool in the middle of now…
Buying the meat
Buying the meat
Comeer I have something to tell y…
Come'er I have something to tell …
Beautifully detailed cross stone
Beautifully detailed cross stone
Carving representing the brother b…
Carving representing the brother …
Haghartsin Church
Haghartsin Church
Gevorg inthe lucky tree
Gevorg inthe lucky tree
Me in the lucky tree
Me in the lucky tree
Rob in the lucky tree
Rob in the lucky tree
Fire pit in at the picnic site
Fire pit in at the picnic site
Working on the blog at the picnic …
Working on the blog at the picnic…
Driver preparing dinner
Driver preparing dinner
Gevorg working on the fire
Gevorg working on the fire
Meat and potatoes on the grill
Meat and potatoes on the grill
Me and Rob up a tree
Me and Rob up a tree
Me hanging out
Me hanging out
Enjoying the river
Enjoying the river
A romantic moment
A romantic moment
Rob up a tree
Rob up a tree
Chowing down by the river
Chowing down by the river
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photo by: Biedjee