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29 August 2011 / leggypeggy

The dancing fountains of Yerevan

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, was a favourite stop for virtually everyone on the truck. It’s clean, cosmopolitan, friendly, upbeat and picturesque. We ended up there purely by chance. The roads across Turkey had been much better than expected and we had a few spare days in the schedule.

Will, our driver, checked the various options and decided that Armenia, which issued cheap visas at the border, was the go. So we could go from Georgia to Armenia and then back to Georgia for the price of a single $30 visa.

What a great choice. We spent several days in Yerevan, enjoying the delicious food and many sights—especially the dancing fountains in Republic Square.

The show—orchestrated to toe-tapping music and special lighting—starts every night after dark and goes for a couple of hours. When we arrived, the fountains were dancing to the tunes of Flight of the Bumblebee, Trumpet Voluntary, Rhapsody in Blue, the 1812 Overture, the William Tell Overture and two more tunes I swore I wouldn’t forget, but have.

If you have the chance, check YouTube.com for video footage of the fountains. I could’t decide which link to post. So just enter ‘dancing fountains Yerevan’ in the search field and plenty of choices will come up. I know I’ll do that when I get home—just to relive the memory. As an aside, the pictures I’ve posted were taken when Flight of the Bumblebee was playing.

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