[Cross posting from Expatria] We spent the weekend at Lake Sevan. We have visited Lake Sevan multiple time before, we have toured the peninsula and visited the Monastery, and the lake is one of our favorites. Sevan is high up in the mountains, so always quite a bit cooler than Yerevan, and a popular destination during the summer heat. This weekend, we decided to drive to the far end of the lake (which means, the East coast), and hike almost into Azerbaijan. Btw, it was not to escape the summer heat - this August is weirdly cool and rainy. For Armenian standards, that is.
Anyway, we stayed at the Tufenkian Hotel which is very nice but very pricey (we paid almost $200 for a suite). It has stunning views of the lake and is located in one of the nicest villages I've seen in Armenia so far. The Tufenkians, btw, are very busy and engaged Diasporans/Repatriates. The best guide to hiking in Armenia was co-written by one of them, Jeffrey Tufenkian. (The other author is our landlady - that's Armenia in a nutshell for you.) Despite the price and the fact that the restaurant is located a 10 minute walk from the hotel, we liked it quite a bit. We had a bed for Alan and David downstairs, a double bed and a little seating area and another sofa upstairs. It was roomy enough for us, something that is important when you have five people in a room, nice and modern, which I personally like very much (Doug less so).
The hotel room (with the boys chilling out with Ben 10 in the background there.)