On the afternoon of April 24th, Sonia Tashjian escorted Aram Aslanian and me to the Geghard Monastery and Garni Temple. (Doug couldn’t join us because he was preparing for his Huffington Post interview.)
It was chilly, rainy and foggy, but that didn’t deter Sonia from making it up the rough roadways to our destinations. Along the way we passed a man and woman standing next to their makeshift shelves lined with jars of homemade pickled vegetables, hoping to make a sale. We only stopped long enough to take a photo, much to their dismay.
Before we reached Geghard Monastery, we watched as women gathered herbs in the hillside, placing them in their aprons and rough-hewn cloth bags. No doubt these herbs would be used in teas, soups, stews, and jingalov hats!
After bucking livestock in the roadway, and children running up to cars selling flowers, we made it to the monastery. (Sonia did buy lovely wildflowers from the kiddies!)
|Gata stands outside the monastery|
|The altar inside Geghard Monastery|
|Making lavash #1|
|Making lavash #2|
What made this place interesting to me was that two women prepared fresh, thin, crisp lavash using a tonir while we watched. We were served a hot, herbal concoction sweetened with local honey, freshly-made lavash, locally made cheeses, olives, and homemade jams. A true feast!
Refreshed, we headed to our final stop, Garni Temple. It was an amazing sight with incredible views all around. Despite the weather, we had an inspiring tour with and Sonia as our ultimate hostess.