Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

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[Armenian Landscapes]

May 18, 2010

Grape Plants in the Ararat Valley

Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[View from an Armenian Window]

May 15, 2010

Ararat Plain from Ambert Fortress

Credit: Celine Kaladjian

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View from an Armenian Window

February 11, 2010

Those of us located in the Northeaster United States may be spending today cleaning up outside after a significant snowstorm battered our landscape yesterday.  This may be the perfect opportunity to appreciate the serenity of a pristine Armenian snowfall in early winter.

Lake Sevan in Winter

Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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View from an Armenian Window

October 29, 2009

Gavar, Lake Sevan

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Credit: Celine Kaladjian

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View From an Armenian Window

July 22, 2009

Lake Arpi from a car window

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Credit : Levon Lachikyan

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[Celine’s Dispatches: FAR’s Intern in Armenia] : Gyumri, Synonym for Hope

July 1, 2009

Crossing the Shirak region en route to Gyumri during the summer makes it hard to believe that winter is harsh here. Stretching to the horizon, bright and colorful flowers cover the hills. Here, this is called “Armenian carpet”. Yet, the beauty of the surrounding landscape does not hide the pain suffered by the individuals that I’ve met in Gyumri.

A Young Violinist from Octet Music School

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian

Since the earthquake, classes at the Octet Music School have been taking place in prefabs. The talented young artists continue to rehearse during winter, though the temperature drops down to – 30° C.  Playing the violin with mittens or cold stiff fingers would discourage most of us.  However these youngsters draw their strength and determination from these tough conditions.  Giving up is not an option.

And the elderly from the soup kitchen are so thankful to see visitors that they each individually approached me to give thanks.  Most of their children, for those who have any, have moved abroad on a quest for a better life. Old age is not an ugly thing as we tend to think in Western Societies. These elderly have beautiful faces and a lot to pass on. Every time you walk out from this soup kitchen, you know that something inside of you has changed.

After demonstrating his tap-dancing skills, this Soup-Kitchen beneficiary holds me close to him the time of a picture

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Credit : Levon Lachikyan

Armenians are a strong and courageous people. Looking in their eyes, the probverbial doors to the soul, is the key unearthing their treasures and secrets. They have risen from the genocide, the earthquake and the Karabagh war. Now they are trying rise from the fall of the Soviet Union. And with dignity. It’s time to leave the past behind and look to the future.

– Celine

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[View From an Armenian Window]

June 30, 2009

Lake Sevan from the “Tea House” Restaurant near Gavar

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian