New Armenia And Karabakh Travel Guide Gets High Marks From Diplomatic Corps

Public Release Of "Edge Of Time" Scheduled For Later This Month

(Washington–DC)–A new travel guide that features comprehensive coverage of both Armenia and Karabakh has earned "thumbs-up" reviews from a group of seasoned diplomatic travelers–including the Armenian ambassador in Washington–DC.

The guide book–"Edge of Time: Traveling in Armenia and Karabakh," is the first book to offer complete coverage of both Armenia and Karabakh in one volume–and it is the first major travel guide for the region that is written by authors who have lived and worked in Armenia for several years.

The result–say the diplomats who have read advance-copies of the book–is a guide that every traveler should take along on any journey to Armenia.

Arman Kirakossian–Armenia’s Ambassador to the US–is perhaps the most outspoken about the book. He says it fills a void in coverage about Armenia. "Whenever I visit a bookstore in the US–I look to see if there are any travel materials on Armenia. I have never come across a single book that covers Armenia to the extent it is covered in ?Edge of Time’."

It has "the most complete–objective–valuable–up-to-date and practical advice on Armenia–from authors who know the ins and outs of life there," he says. Kirakossian and his staff volunteered to review the text upon the request of the authors. The book’s authors had wanted to learn what a native-born Armenian professional would have to say about it.

The authors also wanted to know what a native Karabakh would have to say about the section on Karabakh–and so they showed a copy to Karabakh’s representative here in the US. The result was more praise. The representative–Vardan Barseghian–says he recommen’s the book to travelers. "There is nothing that compares. The authors have obviously spent a lot of time in the region–and they’ve done their homework well."

"Edge of Time" included hotel and restaurant listings–tips on getting there and getting around–as well as suggested itineraries–facts about historic sites–and important advice for business travelers. The US Ambassador to Armenia’singled out the section for business travelers as an especially valuable part of the book. This book is "not just for tourists," says Michael C. Lemmon–the US Ambassador in Yerevan. It’s also "invaluable" for business travelers.

The exquisite photography sets "Edge of Time" apart from every other book about tourism or business in the region. Lemmon took note of the photographs–and said the book provides a "vivid" portrait of Armenia. "Even those who do not plan to travel to Armenia will savor ?Edge of Time’ for its splendid photography," he says. There are more than 50 color photographs–printed in color on archival quality paper.

As one would expect in any travel guide–this one includes detailed charts and maps. But this guide includes maps that have never appeared anywhere else. One of these maps–a guide to the streets of central Stepanakert–is the only known map of its kind in publication. The authors created the map with assistance from the Karabakh Foreign Ministry.

The book’s co-authors–Mathew Karanian and Robert Kurkjian–are American-born Armenia’s who began researching material for the book in 1995. Their most recent trips to the region for additional research were in December and January. "This isn’t the kind of book that you can write after a three week visit to the region," says Karanian.

Karanian and Kurkjian also created the photographs that appear throughout the book and which offer a visual supplement to the sections on historic sites. The images are comparable in quality to the photographs in their popular coffee table book "Out of Stone: Armenia and Artsakh." They collaborated with noted experts for some sections of the text in the travel guide. The guide’s sections on history–ecology–and carpet weaving–for example–are written by noted experts in their fields such as historian Prof. Ronald Suny–biologist Dr. Daniel Klem–Jr.–and carpet designer James Tufenkian.

"We’ve always had this on our minds," says co-author Kurkjian. "We love Armenia. The country is beautiful. The people are beautiful. We just want to let everyone know," he concluded.

"Edge of Time" will be available at select bookstores and from on-line booksellers in late June. Pre-publication sales of "Edge of Time" are available from the publisher for $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping. Send check to: Stone Garden Productions; 4501 Connecticut Ave.–NW; Suite 1112; Washington–DV 20008. For more information call toll free 1-888-266-7331. Books will be shipped upon publication.

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