Some sights from the October 14, 2018 Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba (მცხეთობა-სვეტიცხოვლობა) festival in Mtskheta. Mtskhetoba is an annual celebration held each year on October 14th in Mtskheta. The Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch leads a liturgy in the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and street fairs fill the surrounding town. You can catch a marshrutka from the Didube Metro Station in Tbilisi, though you may have to hunt a bit to find a return ride.

The sulphur baths of Tbilisi are built over hot springs that the city of Tbilisi was founded around.

Travelling third class on a Soviet-era train to Tbilisi.

Street performance during the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan outside the Paronyan Musical Comedy Theatre.

The 17th Francophonie Summit (XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie) is underway in Yerevan. Here's a quick look around the Village de la Francophonie which is open to the public and has exhibitions from nations across the Francosphere.

Flowers and candles are left in Charles Aznavour Square in Yerevan to commemorate the long life of singer Charles Aznavour (1924-2018).

The Ararat region is frequently hazy, but I managed to catch Mount Ararat on a perfectly clear day while visiting Khor Virap.

Novarank Monastery is framed by brilliant red rocks lining the sides of the canyon.

Khor Virap translates loosely as "deep pit" and is one of the most significant historical sites in Armenia. Gregory the Illuminator, the figure who introduced Christianity to Armenia, was imprisoned in the eponymous pit for 13 years after King Tiridates found out he was Christian. The King eventually fell ill and his sister received a vision that Gregory could heal him if he were released from the pit. Gregory successfully cured the King of his temporary madness and Armenia subsequently became the world's first Christian nation, prior to the practice of Christianity even being allowed in the Roman Empire, in the year 301. The pit itself still exists below the complex and you can descend into it to experience a bit of Gregory's isolation.