A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings is the seventh in a series of historically and politically-themed travel memoirs by Mary Jane Walker. It describes her travels in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Finland and the Orkneys, Shetlands and other formerly Norse islands of Scotland. Mary Jane reflects on the cities and wilderness regions, and on the emergence of a new Cold War on the Baltic Sea.
In the second of two posts about the region centred on Mount Ararat, I visit the cities of Kars and Ani, which were founded by the Armenians in the time of Anglo-Saxon England. Kars remains a bustling city, but Ani has been ruined for three hundred years and is now being restored. Ani is also hard on the border with modern day Armenia, a border closed since the early 1990s. The region is still traumatised by the massacre of the Armenians more than a hundred years ago.Continue readingView more blog posts
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