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Kars and Ani

April 24, 2019

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.

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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