Last day in Armenia
The city of Yerevan was covered with snow from previous night. I went out to explore the city in the morning before heading to airport.
First, I went to Cascade.
I needed to go up by stirs but it was very slippery and dangerous because of snow. Most likely it takes 5 minutes if there is no snow, but I took approximately 10-15 minutes to go up since I’m not used to walk on snow. I was expecting to see the view of Yerevan with Mt. Ararat. However, it was cloudy, visibility was poor and I could not see the nice view. Then, again I slowly took stirs to go down.
Although I planned to visit Matenadaran which is Armenian’s ancient manuscripts library, it was closed due to Sunday.
I took more time at Cascade than I expected and didn’t have enough time to go to museum or gallery, so I went to Vernissage Market. Vernissage Market is open-air market which selling Armenia’s souvenir, handcraft, painting, etc. It was a nice place to buy souvenir and even just to visit. Hence, the price was reasonable.
Then, I went back to hotel, checked out and the driver picked me up to go to the airport. It took 20 mins to the airport by car.
The airport was quite new and duty free shop had many varieties of souvenir and was big enough to do last minutes shopping. I flew back to Dubai with Flydubai again and took off 4.15pm and I landed at Dubai around 7pm.
In general, I enjoyed Armenia and snow but I think I would enjoy more if it were in spring or summer since I don’t like cold weather that much. I recommend travelling in other seasons unless you want to go for ski resort or experience winter weather. Of course there are some benefits by travelling in this season that I could get discount and tourist sites were empty due to off-season.
Thus, I arranged the driver through travel agent to cover all places I would like to visit in limited schedule. Although my driver gave me some information of sites, it would be nicer to have a guide to explain me well. The driver was different from my driver which I experienced in Azerbaijan. I assume the difference came how I arranged it like through agent or by individually. The driver was not bad at all but it was no more or less than driver.
Armenia could be a good destination for someone who likes to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site and is foodie and naturalist.