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Reisgids Armenia (with Nagorno Karabagh) - Armenië | Bradt (9781841625553)

  • ISBN / CODE: 9781841625553
  • Editie: 2014
  • Aantal blz.: 366
  • Uitgever: Bradt
  • Soort: Reisgids
  • Taal: Engels
  • Beoordeling: ★★★★★ (4 reviews) Schrijf een review
  • 22,95

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Er bestaat geen Lonely Planet van Armenië. Daarom vermelden wij de enige goede, die van Bradt Guides. Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader!

This rural retreat enjoys an astonishingly well-preserved legacy of monastic buildings, often set in magnificent locations. Nicholas Holding covers a wide spectrum of activities that gives Armenia a huge potential for visitors, including birding, hiking, the arts, architectural tours, botanical trips, angling, horseriding and caving.

"Past architectural glories, and past tragedy at other nations' hands, vie for the attention of visitors to this beautiful, mountainous country. Few nations can rival Armenia's legacy of medieval churches and other buildings, but in few countries is the feeling of past oppression by foreign powers so strong. For the present, Armenians cope with the many problems of daily life yet are overwhelmingly welcoming and hospitable to visitors. Access to the country is improving: just five years ago there were only six flights each week by western European airlines into the country whereas there are now twenty-two. And five years ago the only new hotel outside the capital was one built by the German Red Cross, while now there are several more orthodox ones though admittedly only two are big enough to accommodate sizeable groups.

Armenia is in many ways an enigma: a strongly Christian country (and the world's first to adopt Christianity as the state religion) yet ruled for most of the last 2,000 years by outsiders who were not Christian; a country where the symbol of Mount Ararat is omnipresent even though the Biblical mountain is now in Turkey; a country where the cooking is Middle Eastern although the street life is southern European; a country of highly educated people who end up tending sheep - or emigrating; a country whose language employs a unique 39-letter alphabet; a country whose capital was founded 29 years before Rome.

I have tried to help visitors make sense of this bewildering jumble of impressions. The second edition has been fairly extensively rewritten to provide more information and a good many more plans have been included. For those with limited time, a group tour round the standard sights may be satisfactory, but for anyone who wants to understand more - and to experience some wonderful home cooking - I strongly recommend homestays and off-the-beaten-track places. However, whatever the choice, it is unlikely that Armenia will disappoint."