“There were hardly any tourists in the city. I liked the fact that taxi drivers and other service providers don’t hassle you, and we didn’t have to turn down an offer ever thirty seconds or so, like in some less developed countries.
The first thing on our itinerary was to climb the waterfall, which isn’t a bad form of extreme sports in 40° heat, but all the same, I was a bit disappointed. It looked more spectacular in the photos on the internet. At the top of the hill behind it there is a run-down amusement park, just like in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, and a ‘mother’ statue, similar to the ones we saw in Tbilisi and Kiev. (2017)”
“Yerevan is quite a modern city, and in the downtown area it doesn’t look much different to any Western European city. Travel just a couple of kilometers out into the outskirts, however, and you’ll find yourself in a different world. Honestly, I preferred the latter – the people are genuinely friendly and hospitable, as well as being practical and realistic.” (2019)
“Compared to the beauty of Armenia’s rural landscape, Yerevan offers a more low-key experience. In this case, it has to be said that my expectations were high, because for some reason I was really looking forward to arriving in this city. I planned three days for it, but ultimately shortened it to two.
Neither the location nor the sights were particularly interesting, but even the street life, which I heard a lot a lot about, was much less exciting than in Istanbul, Tbilisi, or even Baku. In this case, what exhausted me most was the pushiness of the greeters outside overpriced bars and restaurants, and watching the locals, who clearly found the musical fountain on Republic Square the most capitivating thing in the city.” (m.p., 2022)