From Kachik B&B they called a taxi for me to go to Tatev with. Before we left Goris the taxi driver (Hamlet) stopped and bought me a mineral water. Along the way I could whenever I wanted to ask Hamlet to stop to take photos. We also made a stop by a big canyon from where you can see Tatev in the distance and by Satan's Bridge (on the way back).
The scenery along the way is beautiful, but the road conditions are very bad. The tour took almost five hours and was 9000 drams (August 2006).
In the trees and bushes around Armenian monasteries there are a lot of stripes of cloths tied to the branches. It is a religious custom saying that prayers will be answered if you tie a strip of cloth to a tree near the monastery. These in the photo are tied to some bushes at an observation point overlooking Tatev Monastery in the distance.
Katchkars are carved stone crosses (it means cross-stone) and they are a unique tradition to the Armenians and can be found all over Armenia. They are memorial stones with carved crosses, often with a sun disc or rosette below it and with ornaments like leaves and grapes. The Armenians started to make katchkars in the 9th century.
Katchkars can often be seen around monasteries and many Armenian church walls are also decorated with carved stone crosses. In Tatev you will find one katchkar on top of a pillar and others lying around the monastery and carvings on the walls.