The Armenian story is a tragic one.
Persecuted by their neighbours for centuries; unfortunate in a violent
earth-quaking act of God as recent as 1988; enduring a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh that
materialised into a terrible war; and haunted by the massacre of their people in Baku.
Despite their sufferings, the Armenia people continue to
faithfully keep the flame alight.
Spindly thin, orange candles are bought by the handful
and lit in groupings for a greater glow. Staring at the flickering light focuses inner
thoughts -- to the God who has given them so much suffering, they pray.
� Michel Guntern - Travel Notes
As the candles weaken and bend from the heat, they are
lovingly caressed together to burn longer, stronger, and brighter as one.
Enterprise flourishes in Yerevan. Much of the dealing is done in
basement commissions, where the proprietors are already used to making money, but small
tables are also set up by individuals selling cigarettes and beer.
The more agreeable climate in Caucasia helps make for an easy going
lifestyle that hides the tragedies of a suffering people; Armenian cafe society continues
- strong coffee is drunk from little cups, and art is appreciated in the park.
� Yerevan by Michel Guntern - Travel Notes
The flavour is not quite Turkish, and the passing style is of a more
open Middle East; a taste perhaps of the Lebanese. Men may cluster, but they are not all
old and few prayer beads are fondled.
It is not uncommon for couples to stroll together, but more noticeable
is the behaviour of the women. Hemlines are longer than the thigh-high fashions favoured
in Kiev; from a respectable Latin knee-length to a full flowing number. Urban Armenian
women set off the effect with a pair of dark stockings.
The mysteriousness behind the facade is accentuated in many a young
lady by a pair of stylish sun glasses. Mother and daughter promenade arm in arm, and
girlfriends cuddle together like the closest of sisters.
Only the uninspired architecture, along the wide and straightened
roads, stand as a grim reminder of the Soviet stamp. The old winding streets have
disappeared, but the Russians failed to destroy the spirit of the Armenia.
Although the Russians and Armenians once spent a common currency, the
spoken word and written script are completely different.
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Armenia Travel Notes:
Find out more about Armenia. Includes the Armenian flag, national anthem, and a brief
history of Yerevan.
The official word on Armenia and visa requirements.
An Indo-European language with a distinct 38-letter alphabet.
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