Category Archives: Shirak

Stone Art Guesthouse: Learning about Armenian Tuff in Pemzashen

Hovhannes Margaryan

One of my favorite places I have ever stayed in Armenia is the Stone Art Guesthouse in Pemzashen village in Shirak. Located about 40 kilometers away from Gyumri, the small village sits on the slopes of Aragats and you can see the majestic mountain a clear day (and I can’t think of many better views […]

9 Best Gyumri Hotels, Hostels, & Guesthouses for Any Budget

Things to do in Gyumri, Armenia : Masters Guesthouse

Gyumri is one of the best places to visit in Armenia.  The city now has flight options to it and people will get to experience Armenia’s cultural capital with ease finally. This is a guide to the best Gyumri hotels and accommodation.  It will also showcase budget-friendly Gyumri hostels and guesthouses for travelers to stay […]

32 Things to Do in Gyumri, Armenia’s Soulful & Creative City

Gyumri is Armenia’s second city and arguably its creative capital. This is a guide of things to do in Gyumri. It will contain what to do in Gyumri for culture, history, and food lovers alike. Things to Do in Gyumri Located in the Northern part of Armenia’s Shirak province is the picturesque city of Gyumri. […]

How One Man from Gyumri Turned War Waste into Wearable Art

How One Man from Gyumri Turned War Waste into Wearable Art

In a small cement-walled studio, a middle-aged man stands next to a workbench surrounded by ceramic urns. On the wooden bench sits a plate of rusted bullet shells. Placing a shell in his palm, he presses the metal down with pliers until it flattens out. This is the story of a Gyumri man who took […]

How to Visit Lake Arpi National Park (and Why You Should!)

Lake Arpi National Park in Armenia

Lake Arpi National Park was one of those places that was on my ‘Armenian bucket list’.  The remoteness of the lake and park, in addition to my minuscule knowledge about Shirak, added to its appeal and I had hoped that one day I’d make it up that way. In July, Aram and I planned a […]