Tuesday - Leaving Georgia for Armenia

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Today we leave for Armenia. Both Frank Vibert and Angela Horrocks are returning back to England. We also say goodbye to Nino Chincharauli.
The night was interesting, between 5 and 7 in the morning there was no water, cynics say this is because Shevardnadze wants to get up and wash. We left the hotel for the border at 7.35, with a water stop on the way.
Nino gives us a quiz on the bus to the border. Total failure in the Blasdale family. She gave every couple a stirrup cup like pottery object, and for the female a wooden bracelet.
At the border rather a long wait, said goodbye to Nino and the driver and then onto a smaller bus for the next part of the journey.

Our first stop was Sanahin Monastery in Alaverdi where there were copper mines. No frescos, but amazing Celtic looking carvings and very ornate cross constructions.

This poor picture is off the Celtic looking carvings on the walls.. This poor picture is off the Celtic looking carvings on the walls..
More carvings. Inside the monastery
Ornate pillars Carvings on the pillars
The upstairs hall of the house
Ray examining the carvings Tomb of four friends who were buried here. The other side of the tomb marks how they were killed in a car accident.
Outside view of the Monastery The other side of the tomb stone.