June 15: We drove from Yerevan to Sisian on our way to Nagorno-Karabakh. The country was mountainous, both green and rocky, and quite beautiful.
First stop was the Areni Winery, a pioneer in high-quality wine production in the Vayats Dzor region of Armenia. Here are bottles aging in the cellar.
A young woman served us samples, some of them from 1998-2000.
Noravank Monastery, cultural and spiritual center of the Syounik region since the 13th C.
Overlook of a reservoir in an attractive landscape.
Rocks arrayed in Stonehenge fashion in the ancient Karahundji observatory
Epicenter, a modern version of Karahundji by the artist Ashok Avagyan
We visited the Sisian Art School where they were mounting an exhibition of student work.
Ashok Avagyan in his studio at the Sisian Art School.