Armenia has some of the best food in the world, travel journalist Breanna Wilson writes in an article for Forbes.
She has explored the Armenian culture, landscape and food, while hiking along the new Transcaucasian Trail, a more than 1,800-mile trail that connects some of the most beautiful and remote regions of Armenia and Georgia (and eventually Azerbaijan).
“From the moment you start this hike, with Sevan Lake to your back as you ascend into the clouds that you really start to realize the beauty – and diversity in landscapes – that Armenia has to offer,” she writes
In the following days, hiking through cities like Kalavan, Gosh, and through the forests of Dilijan National Park – the Armenian Switzerland, as locals like to call it –the changing colors of the leaves, the mountaintop views, and unique rock formations make the hike perfectly picturesque, the journalist continues.
But you’ll have to work for these views because with ascents from 1,100 to 4,200 feet up into the clouds and with trails as long as 14.5 miles, this hike is, one might say, no walk in the park.
“With a plate of fresh herbs on every table next to the basket of the day’s baked lavash, homemade cheeses and pickles, a fresh summer salad of locally grown cucumbers and tomatoes, and homemade dolma – delicious grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat – to stuffed peppers and cabbage, baked eggplant, and manti – the delicious meat dumplings served with garlic yogurt on the side – it wasn’t just a day of hiking that made this food taste so delicious, she says on Armenian food.