Friday, 9 December 2011
The Alphabetical Tourist: Armenia
Let's stick with religion for the moment. It's not often that I come across one I haven't heard of in the developed world. It didn't surprise me that the main faith here is a form of Christian Orthodoxy but the Kurds in the western region practise Yazidism. It seems a highly sensible system that puts forward the view that we are free to choose between the good and evil exist in our minds and spirits. They are devoted to Tawuse Melek, the Peacock god, who was asked to perform this 'ip dip sky blue' process by God (note that this is spelt with a capital G) and decided in favour of being good.
Armenian Navy Band who might dispute this! It's a good job for water lovers that the country is the site of Lake Sevan, one of the largest high altitude expanses of water in the world situated at a height of about 1900m but get there quick. Ninety per cent of its water evaporates rather than dribbles downwards to make a river.
Around its shores are a number of beaches that seem to have the trappings of many resorts, swimming, jet-skiing and camping and probably noshing a few 99s. Yet I guess at that altitude it's not for the lily livered . There's got to be a bit of a nip in the air. There's a need for warm garments to keep out the cold. Perhaps this fact may have, in the past, contributed to the decline of the Caucasian Leopard. It seems that less than 20 of these beasties now skulk around the lake avoiding those hunters looking for the raw materials to make the Armenian seaside equivalent of Southend's kiss me quick hat!