Yerevan: The bright city

Ah, that place called Home… I just realized it’s pretty hard to write about your own city, the place where you were born, went to school, college, had the most treasured moments with friends, partied, fell in love, fell in general, stood up, dreamed… (did lots of it actually) and a bunch of other sentimental stuff. But today I’ll be a visitor in my city and will try to exhibit its super-bright spirit as if I’m just a traveler here, well for some 20+ years ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe it’s worth to first introduce Yerevan, as many people won’t know that it’s a capital of Armenia, and probably many more people won’t know that Armenia is a small and super-beautiful country located right between Europe and Asia.ย Yerevan is quite old, no it’s way too old, actually older than Rome.ย Yeah, Yerevan was having its 40th birthday party when Rome was established. But despite being old, Yerevan is young in spirit. It’s a youthful and vibrant city, and you know what I love about Yerevan? There’s no such thing like “oh it’s Monday, let’s not party today”, and “oh it’s Friday, let’s have fun today”, there’s always something going on every day of the week, lots of events, parties, street concerts, and the city is full of people strolling or spending nice time in a cafรฉ, no matter what day of the week it is. I looove that vibe!ย โค๏ธ

Yerevan is very colorful and bright (you’ll see in the pics soon), but that’s not the only reason I call this city “bright”. It’s all about its people… they make this city a bright place. Yerevan had pretty rough times in 1990s when the economy in the country couldn’t be worse, but people lived surprisingly … happy! That strong community spirit – that’s what makes this city so bright for me – people cared about each other, they helped each other in anything and everything they could, and that’s probably that pure happiness when you feel you’re never isolated or lonely, that the strangers living in your city are there for you. I was probably the most ignorant person at that time, as all I was doing was eating, pooping and sleeping (don’t get me wrong, I was just a newborn at that time ๐Ÿ˜€ ).
The strong community spirit is not very obvious nowadays as majority of people are doing well, but the fact that people survived difficult times together and helped each other to move on – that is incredible, that’s what makes this place shine.

I just felt I’m getting homesick now, though I’ve been in Yerevan just a month ago. And while I currently live and travel in Europe, and have a dream of living and exploring all the other continents, I can’t wait for that one-way ticket to home when after a long and challenging journey, after lots of ups and downs, after gaining invaluable knowledge and wisdom, you return to the brightest place on earth – the home.


That colorful, colorful city… ๐Ÿ™‚

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The railway station of Yerevan

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My favorite place in the city – the Swan Lake

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Yep, there are black swans there as well

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Musical instruments made by flowers

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The Swan Lake

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All the passageways in Yerevan are covered by colorful street art

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Sometimes the buildings too ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

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Another nice piece of street art in a building. Written “My warm and kind city” ๐Ÿ™‚

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Every year there’s a bubble festival in the city, it used to be one of my favorite days of the year! This time I took my little cousins there, and you see what happened… ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

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The Thinker ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

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All the benches in Yerevan are similar, having the name and the emblem of the city

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Some more street art – a spider sculpture

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Another nice park in Yerevan full of street art – The Cascade

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One of the oldest pics I took in Yerevan some 7+ years ago. It still makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

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Some autumn colors. Again very old pic of mine

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The Lovers Park, another beautiful place in the city to be close to the nature

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Some more colorful art in Cascade

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Fountains in Cascade

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Armenian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, one of the iconic buildings in the city

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Chess is the most popular game in Armenia, people would gather in the courtyards and play it endlessly. Dedicated to that obsession with chess – there’s a giant chess board in the center of the city

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The Cascade

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It’s nice to watch them roll ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Another nice corner in Yerevan, a square dedicated to Charles Aznavour. And this is where I broke my tripod and didn’t have a chance to continue photographing the nice vibes of Yerevan nights. Well, maybe next time ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

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29 comments

  1. Bright and vibrant indeed! Look at all those colors! And the swans are totally lovely. We would love to visit Yerevan and spend the weekend in utter relaxation. This is what we like in rural towns and small cities; there’s so much life in contrast to ultramodern glass/steel/concrete jungles.

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  2. I’m visiting Yerevan this winter when I pass through Armenia. I didn’t know it was older than Rome, that’s an interesting fact. It looks very colorful in your pics, I hope it’s still colorful in winter.

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    • Good to hear you’re visiting Yerevan! It might be a little bit grey in winter as the weather will be snowy, but still lots of things to enjoy during the winter. Have a great time there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Yerevan appears eternally beautiful to me. I had not heard of this place before. I am so glad you decided to write about it. We often under estimate our own home towns and that makes it a challenge to write honestly about them. Nice writeup

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    • Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, sometimes other places appear more beautiful to us because living in the same for a long time prevents us seeing its beauty. It was after moving abroad when I realized my home town is as much beautiful as any other city in the world.

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  4. What a lovely lovely looking city ๐Ÿ™‚ your post is very sentimental. thanks for sharing!! It’s rare to come across Armenians – actually I think I only know one!

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  5. Yeveran looks like such a colorful city! I love it! My favorite thing about it is the creative use of greenery and flowers that seem to be everywhere! You’re so lucky to call this home and be able to enjoy all of these things anytime you want ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure we all can find beautiful and positive things in our hometowns, and feel happy and blessed to live there ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I’ve never been to Armenia but somehow I am so attracted by the countries in that region – Armenia, Georgia and so on. I don’t know why, but the cultural contrast to Europe is a challenge for me. However, from your post Yerevan seems to be a very modern city and I am looking forward to exploring this part of the world some day. I will definitely stop at your blog and read more about Armenia when I go there.

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    • Thanks Luliana! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you’re interested to visit Caucasus region, I’m sure you’ll experience a great deal of cultural differences ๐Ÿ™‚ While Yerevan is a modern city, the villages in Armenia will have that nice cultural experience, so I’d suggest visiting countryside after exploring Yerevan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Yerevan seems like a lovely city! To be honest I had no idea where it is so thanks for introducion ! Your photos are so beautiful! I would love to visit one day!

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