Armenian girls in traditional dress
        prepare for religious ceremony at Tatev Monastery, Armenia

Armenian girls in traditional dress prepare for religious ceremony at Tatev Monastery, Armenia

Armenia

June-July 2012

My trip to Armenia (along with Georgia and Karabakh) in the summer of 2012 marked a new way of preserving my thoughts and memories of travel. I began a blog, which I updated every day or so while on the road.  This was a change from what I'd been doing on this site for nearly two decades. Previously, I would write one travelog for a trip once it was complete, blending my impressions and memories into one large meal, so to speak, for my readers to enjoy. With the blog, the meal became a series of courses, instead. Those who kept up with it read about my trip in smaller bites.

Time being what it is, I don't think the best use of it is to rewrite all these blog entries into one travelog. I'm very happy with the way many of them flow. They have themes, and are essays that deserve to stand alone. You wouldn't want your entire meal to be chucked into a blender and pureed into one chunk, would you? That is the way I feel about what I wrote on my Travellerspoint blog. So, what's to become of my worldwidemike website? I think I will try using each new country's page to display my favorite photos, and link the relevant blog entries. I hope my readers, both long-time and new, enjoy this format. The reflections and impressions are still there in the blog entries. You could even argue that they are fresher -- many times being written on the same day that as the experience. So, I encourage those of you who haven't read the blog to take the time to read them. You don't have to devour it all at once -- there is a month's worth of writing there! Savor it, instead, as a multi-course meal. Digest it in smaller chunks, if you wish.

As always, feel free to let me know what you think. I enjoy getting emails from both friends and strangers who have read my accounts.  My address is: mikedemana@earthlink.net

My blog I kept up on my monthlong trip to the Caucasus - My Travellerspoint Blog
Blog Entries on Armenia:

Click here for a Youtube slideshow of more than 200 of my photographs from the trip

Haghpat Monastery, founded in the 10th century, in the
        Debed Canyon in Armenia

Haghpat Monastery, founded in the 10th century, in the Debed Canyon in Armenia

Almost 1,000 year old frescoes
          still are colorful in Akhtala Monastery in the Debed Canyon,
          Armenia
Almost 1,000 year old frescoes still are colorful in Akhtala Monastery in the Debed Canyon, Armenia

Hiking in a river gorge near Stepanavan, Armenia
Hiking in a river gorge near Stepanavan, Armenia

Fountains of "The
                Cascade" sculpture and landmark in Yerevan,
                Armenia
Fountains of "The Cascade" sculpture and landmark in Yerevan, Armenia

Bronze Age fortress from the Urartu kingdom
                - ancestors of the Armenians - in Yerevan, Armenia
Bronze Age fortress from the Urartu kingdom - ancestors of the Armenians - in Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan's "Singing Fountains"
                light show in Republic Square in Armenia
Yerevan's "Singing Fountains" light show in Republic Square in Armenia

Greek-style temple of the Ancient Armenian
                kingdom in Garni, near Yerevan, Armenia
Greek-style temple of the Ancient Armenian kingdom in Garni, near Yerevan, Armenia

7th century Geghard Monastery is builts
                partially into caves on a cliffside, not far from
                Yerevan, Armenia
7th century Geghard Monastery is builts partially into caves on a cliffside, not far from Yerevan, Armenia

13th century churches at Noravank are set in
              the hills of "red rock" country in Armenia
13th century churches at Noravank are set in the hills of "red rock" country in Armenia