A year ago I was contacted by the Toumanian Museum in Armenia who was looking to put together an exhibit about coffee and the Armenian culture. The exhibition would be called "The Armenian Trajectory of Coffee Culture" and would partner with 32 different museums across Armenia. Most of the items would be displayed for the first time.
They asked if I would be interested in attending and speaking about our family business. Naturally I said YES!
Follow along as I share all the wonderful sights of Armenia.
This is the Toumanian Museum, located in downtown Yerevean, the capital of Armenia. Toumanian was a great poet, writer, philosopher, translator, social activist and humanist. Unfortunatley he only lived until the age of 54. There are 54 steps that lead up to the museum to symobilize his rich life.
For the coffee exhibit the museum painted the steps with all the different words for coffee.
An inside look at the event. All these coffee related items were sent from either private collections or from one of 32 musuems within Armenia.
Vernissage. a large open-air market in Yerevan, Armenia. The name of the market is derived from the French word vernissage, meaning a private viewing of paintings before public exhibition.
The Dancing Fountains in the middle of Yerevan Armenia. The show starts every night at 9pm and is an amazing way to relax and hang out with friends.
The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood (Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun districts). Designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, and Sargis Gurzadyan the construction of the cascade started in 1971 and was partially completed in 1980.
Saint Mesrop Mashtots Church is an Armenian Apostolic church in Oshakan that contains the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet. It is one of Armenia's better known churches and a pilgrimage site.
Armenian Alphabet Park. In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, it was given a gift of 39 giant, carved Armenian letters, strategically placed near the final resting place of the man who created the alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. My son and I are standing next to the letters of our first name "H" and "D."
Sevanavank founded in 874, meaning Sevan Monastery is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan the water level fell about 65 feet, and the island transformed into a peninsula.
Zvartnots Cathedral, meaning celestial angels cathedral is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643–652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) in Armavir Province of Armenia. It is also the name of the Internationla airport in Armenia.
If you enjoy eating unique foods, then Armenia is one of the best places to fill your stomach. I was amazed at not only the food itself, but the service was top notch.
1. Lahmajoun. A Middle Eastern flatbread and meat dish. It consists of a flatbread topped with minced meat, minced vegetables, and herbs including onions, garlic, tomatoes, red peppers, and parsley, flavored with spices such as chili pepper and paprika, then baked.
2. Khorovats. An Armenian barbeque. Typically the chicken is served with a garlic paste that is AMAZING.
3. Iskhanatsoog. A variety of trout found only in the Lake Sevan in Armenia. Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world.
4. Khinkali. Khinkali are Georgian dumplings. They’re one of the country’s most popular foods and a favorite item at long dinner parties known as supras.
I hope you found this informative and if you have any questions about visiting Armenia, please let me know!