Almost right when we arrived in Kars, I thought to myself “well, I could definitely live here for a while…”. That’s how much I liked this city. The atmosphere was… I don’t know how to describe it actually, but it’s a very interesting town. In the architecture too, Turkish but also some building in the Russian style, and it used to be part of Armenia… So in Kars you can see, and feel, different influences, it’s a crossroad; and it was our last stop in Turkey. Oh, and the dramatic landscape around, the high plateau swept by the winds, and, if you know where to look, the two Ararats mountains… impressive and inspiring!
Near Kars are the ruins of a city called Ani. It used to be a place of influence, has plenty of religious buildings still standing, and it was a trading place on the Silk Road, too. Now it’s all reddish stones lying in the burned grass, and a big city wall. On the other side, a deep gorge formed a natural defence. Only the bridge’s pillars are standing, and a big jump over the gorge ahead lies Armenia. It’s no border checkpoint though, the border between Armenia and Turkey being closed (look at history their and you’ll know why!).