Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
The resistance is futile.
One Sunday morning, early February, Hartford, Connecticut. There is a major snow storm in New England. This is a hotel employee trying to clean up a path. He did clean a narrow path which was covered by snow in a couple of hours.
I was anxiously getting ready to drive back to Indiana and was hopeful that the roads would be cleared by the time my trip was due. I have touring tires on my car which is good for dry roads only.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 12:08 PM
A tourist 'photo' spot in New York state. Supposedly it's worth for someone to stop and take a picture of the valley under the mountains. It sucked during wintertime. I'll try to remember to stop there if I ever drive the same place during the summer.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 11:58 AM
Friday, February 24, 2006
This is the parking lot of the Geghard monastery. To get to the monastery, one needs to follow the road which turns left and then right. There are a few street vendors selling 'gata' and have their stalls set under a large tree at the first turn (where the man in red T-shirt is standing at the left hand side of this photo).
The day we were at Geghard, there was a filming of a TV movie. There were actors playing old time Armenian royal family, etc. There were quite a few soldiers there as well taking part. You can see their transport vehicle parked in the distance.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 10:33 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
These are sculptures created by sculptors in Vanadzor. There were a couple of good ones and a few quite untalented ones including one depicting a gay cowboy playing a flute, and another one depicting a family or something whose faces looked like owl faces.
The owl faced family sculpture has been placed near the pedagogical institute. I don't know where the gay cowboy and the others have been placed.
The best one was a fish. Unfortunately, it was dstroyed by sledgehammers one night. I suspect it was a jealous sculptor.
These sculptures (the commissions and the tufa blocks) were sponsored by two brothers who were originally from Vanadzor but now live in Los Angeles.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 8:59 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
This is a cemetery in old San Juan city that is still being used albeit its old age and overcrowding. Some graves belonging to the same clan were actually stacked on top of each other due to space shortage.
The El Morro fort is in the background.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 8:57 AM
Friday, February 10, 2006
This is the view of the Sevan lake from the top of the Sevan island. In the distance, upper right corner, you can see the Harsnakar hotel.
Notice the ship docked at the shore. It had a BBQ grill on board. When we were at the beach, there was another, smaller ship next to it. A few armed men, the body guards of the President, boarded and headed towards the presidential 'dacha'. It is surprising to see armed people in Armenia - even the vast majority of cops don't carry guns there.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 9:07 AM
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Heading for Sevan. The car in the picture is a ZroVets, aka VAZ 2106. It's still the most popular vehicle owned in the country but I suspect they will start disappearing slowly as they pass 25-30 year threshhold.
In the background is a roadside vendor selling sheep. The boxy vehicle under the tree is a Moskvich version of a pickup - that's as close as the Soviets got to utes.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 10:24 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
This is the signature of the guy who built the entrance gates for the school I went to - school number 6 in Vanadzor named after Stepan Shahoumian.
I was a kid when the gates were being built. The master was a fairly young guy - I don't really remember his face but I do remember the construction process. And I did remember this signature so when I visited my school a couple of years ago, I took this picture.
Տպագրող՝ Ankakh_Hayastan at 10:29 AM