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Favorite thing: In the first half of the 19th century, slowly the Kozak's army of the Russian tsar, conquered the South of present European Russia. This area was territory of the Turkish Osmanic State. Sochi became Russian only in 1835 when the Kozak's reached the North side of the Caucasus mountains, a natural defense line that until the present day can be regarded as a frontline between several cultures.
Fondest memory: Especially the walk over the boulevard at night (though I was feeling quite ill), Ilja having fun in Park Riviera and the visit to the Dendraria Park with my friends Julia and Sasha.
Written Sep 25, 2005
Favorite thing: "Znal by prikup - Zhil by v Sochi" - an old Russian saying: 'If I knew "widow" - I should live in Sochi'.
This is Vinogradnaya street in Sochi. It is full of very fashionable villas, that's why local people call it "Beverley Hills".
If you go from this place directly down to the sea (and not be stopped by the guards ;-)) you could possibly see villa "Bocharov Ruchej" - summer residence of the Russian President and a number of guest-houses around it. In one of them president Shirak spent a week last summer.
Updated Feb 3, 2005
Favorite thing: Sochi is where the Russians go for vacation. We decided to spend 4 days on the Black Sea at the end of our whirlwind Russia trip. Sochi is okay, the beaches are nice, but I wouldn't go back unless I stayed in a nicer hotel. First off, if you don't speak at least a little Russian, don't go to Sochi. This was a real eye opener for us. No one speaks English and you won't find any menus in English. We were hungry most of the time. People seemed shocked to see Americans there and even a Russian woman we met on a different trip expressed dismay that we would visit Sochi and said we should have been given medals for even trying it. There's a Hilton or a Raddison right in the middle of town we should have stayed at, it looked nice. The Dagomys, where we stayed, uh, just don't stay there. Perhaps the most troubling thing about getting to Sochi is taking a Russian domestic flight. Frightening. They had to get a mechanic with a hammer to beat on the cabin door frame just so the door would latch shut. You think my seatbelt was on a little tight for that flight?
Fondest memory: Laying on the fine pebble beach of the Black Sea is pretty cool.
Written Aug 25, 2004
Favorite thing: Sochi is not only the most expensive city in Russia (in summer time), but is the most long lasted city in Europe - it lasts alond Black Sea cost for 145 km!
On the map you can see only central and southern part of it - from state border with Abkhazia (independant region of Georgia) to Dagomys. To the north from Dagomys there are more districts - Loo, Lazarevskoe, etc.
Krasnaya Polyana (bottom right) - is a winter mountain ski resort.
Updated Jun 22, 2004
Favorite thing: This district of the Big Sochi is called - Mamaika. Old legend tells that somewhere here was a fortress of Khan Mamai. In XX c this was one of the poorest districts - full of slum and urgly huts.
Now a days it is a great construction area. Taxi driver told us that the price of land here is more than $20000 per 100 sq.m.
Updated Aug 1, 2003