Kobryn is a city that lies about 5 km east of the city of Brest and about 1000km from Moscow. That’s why we choose it for staying for a night after the long driving in the direction of Belarus-Poland border in Brest. We spent a night in this city in August of 2000 on our way to Germany from Moscow in our second trip to Europe by car.
We found a hotel in the centre of the city. It was rather cheap and convenient. We walked around with our Asslan v Haus Schiran.
The city is located where the Mukhavets River and Dnepr-Bug Canal meet. At various times the city has belonged to Lithuanian and Polish states, to Imperial Russia, and to the Byelorussian SSR. It was first mentioned in the 11th century.
Bison is a symbol of Belarus.
They live in Bielavezhskaya Pushcha National Park. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild, with the last wild animals being shot in the Bielavezhskaya Forest. Currently the only surviving ¿ubroñ herd consists of just a few animals in Bielavezhskaya Forest in Belarus.
You will see the giant figure of Bison every time you cross Belarus along E30.
Dzyarzhynsk or Dzerzhinsk, formerly Koydanava, is a city with a history dating to the 11th century.
We spent a night in this city in August of 1999 on our way to Germany from Moscow in our first trip to Europe by car. It is located in 30 km from Minsk and about 700 km from Moscow.
That’s why we choose it for staying for a night after the long driving in the direction of Belarus-Poland border in Brest.
The hotel was rather simple but cheap (only $10). We had an evening walk around the city centre with our Asslan v Haus Schiran. Unfortunately we didn’t see much but remember the city to be rather clean and cozy.
The spirit of communism still lives in Minsk. Though I'm an anti-communist I think it's good that they didn't ruin all the communist monuments, because if they did Mink wouldn't have the charm it has now. For me, it's a lovely and free place without any foreign banks, petrol-stations, billboards and multi-national companies...well, except McDonald's.
Unlike in most of the ex-USSR states, the Lenin Monuments are still eradicated in Belarus in most of the towns.
I could not take the photo of the one in Minsk Ploschad Nezavisimosty as it was just in fron of the House of the Government, and the militia guearding there did not allow me to do that.
Here you can see five beautiful pictures I took while passing Belarus, I enjoyed the landscapes, beautiful architectings and views, and of course the beautiful colors of the early summer with the open sky and some clouds, also the beautiful people walking on the streets of Minsk and Brest where I passed...
In Belarus, almost every horizon has a forest, two-thirds of the country is covered by trees. Belarus has been described as the "Lungs of Europe" because of this fact. Therefore, you will never be far from a forest.
Ask a local where you can go to pick berries and most of all, which ones are SAFE! As soon as you enter a typical forest you will see an abundance of fruit. We picked blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants and alpine strawberries during our stroll through the woods. There are may other types, including cherries and sweet red gooseberries. Nature's pantry will feed you well in Belarus!
The heart of the country is its capital. But if you look for the soul, you should visit one of numerous small Belarusian villages. Perhaps, wooden painted cottages, bumpy roads, people driving a horse cart, gees stepping in a chain one by one to a pond nearby, or a shepherd turning its herd of cows back home after a long day grazing won't be a picture which you've desired to see. It depends on the taste surely. If you travel to the country not only for catching on the most famous activities, if you aim to visit more than just main points of interests, you won't regret about a day spent in a village.
In inviting you to visit this seemingly unremarkable corner of Belarus with its quiet river Ptich'(which once was one of the waterways called 'from the Vikings to the Greeks') and its inviting name, like a tune of a faraway fife, 'Du-du-t-ki'...,we would like to give you pleasure of acquaintance with the history and culture of this land, its traditions, nature, customs and manners.
Let the smell of fresh shavings in an ancient joiner'sworkshop, the reflection of the raw clay reviving in the potter's hands,the rippling of water near the moss-covered oaks, the squeak of the mill and the sound of an anvil, the taste of cottage cheese and exciting fragrance of bread, baked right before your eyes return you for a moment to the almost forgotten childhood sensations and remind that the joy of life is that we do not live in vain, and nothing ends when we leave this world...
Nature: one of the features of Belarus. I always admire it when I drive through the country but unfortunately I still had no time to undertake a thorough exploration of it:))
59, Pobediteley Ave, Minsk, 220035, Belarus
Good for: Families
For Soviet citizens it was always practically impossible to lodge in a hotel "Intourist". The best...more
13 Kirova str., Minsk, 220040, Belarus
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
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