Today I return to the former Soviet Union and Armenia, with its long history of preserving an independent identity under several empires of different provenance.

We stayed in Yerevan in a hotel that had a great view of Mount Ararat, and much enjoyed the opera and ballet there, and its delightful museum. There were also several excursions, short tours from Yeravan and two extended loops which took us to Lake Sevan and the most fantastic monasteries perched high in the hillls.