High in the mountains, if to climb above Dilijan in the direction of Alaverdi, there’s located a small village named Fioletovo.
Russian Old Believers, who were expelled from Russia in czarist days, live here.
And I think their descendants are not very upset about this, since it’s a great luck to live in such a picturesque place.
We travelled from Tufenkian Hotel in Dilijan to their beautiful hotel in Alaverdi, resembling an ancient manor, where local chef was looking forward to meet us.
And every few minutes I asked to make a stop to take several pictures of the opening scenery. We were standing with Ruben, the main Chef of Tufenkian Restaurants, whom I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, and smoking in silence.
The words were needless.
By the way, the best Armenian pickles are in Fioletovo.
As Ruben jokes, this is where Armenian ‘pickle mafia’ lives.
To say the truth, I’ve never tasted better pickled cucumbers before.