Today we drove from Goris in Armenia to Stepanakert, the capital of Nagoro-Karabakh. (N-K, which means Black Mountain Garden, is also called Artsakh by those who believe it is really part of Armenia.) It started out rainy, and was overcast most of the day, but there were many vivid scenes nonetheless.
Beautiful roses near our hotel in Goris
Khndzoresk, an ancient cave village near Goris. People hid in the caves during the war.
Another sheep drive on the main highway
Armenian (left) and Nagorno-Karabakh (right) flags at the border crossing
Poppies along the roadside as we drove into N-K
Church in Shushi, a town in N-K that was mostly destroyed during the 1990's war with Azerbaijian
Windows in an underground room with wonderful resonant acoustics in the church
Exterior of a mosque in Shushi, built in 1883 and now a museum
Interior of the mosque
The Grandparents (officially "We Are Our Mountains"), a huge monument in Stepanakert
One of a number of similar statues along the Lovers' Lane stairway in a Stepanakert park
Fountain, with the larger hand holding a wedding ring, at the base of Lovers' Lane