Wouldn't that be great if Maria - one of these days took some time to point out what's so great about Sochi.
What's the fishing like there ?
Is it safe, so close to Georgia?
The Brits will want to know if there's a nudist beach like Ibiza...
What are the women like ?
She cold team up with Rick Steves.... you know who he is. Go google his name.
I imagine she will talk about Sochi before long. FACTS that some Western fans have preferred not to remember:
1) Masha grew up in Sochi to age 9. It is, in fact, her effective Russian home.2) She was possibly the foremost global spokesperson for the Sochi Olympic bid.3) Yuri Sharapov is invested in Sochi businesses leading into the Olympiad.
The Black Sea city was the preferred location of the Soviet elite's dachas and in the New Russia has become a thriving resort & sporting community. While the 2014 Olympics are the Winter Games, tennis is nonetheless profiled--Shamil Tarpischev having been a pivotal player in winning the bid and on the continuing committee. Kafelnikov & other players are there--an ideal location for new tennis academies. Easy air access to Istanbul, Baku & other upcoming world tennis venues.
Fishing--all I can say is the marinas are thriving.
A major Russian installation is nearby, plus the facilities now in the hands of Abkhazian allies. The Georgian crackpots can idolize declining USA as they please, but must ask themselves: are they willing to die for Amerika? 'Cause that's what Hillary Clinton has in mind...
As quickly as Sochi develops as a cosmopolitan Black Sea center, clothing-optional is surely on the table.
Women--Elena Vesnina is from Sochi.
It is always very pleased to return to a place where you spent your childhood with your parents. it is pleased to see the places where you were in your childhood. Of course Sochi changed a lot, it is a beautifull town with pretty mountains, new building for sport. In Sochi the roads go up and down because of the mountains around. But Sochi is Sharapova's childhood town and it is the town of her heart.
So now everybody knows that today Masha is in Sochi, her beautifull childhood town. Sochi is also a very green town and it is full of pretty beaches around, so the air is fresher.
Sochi Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqf0fxuOMXQ
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Yes Sochi is a great place for holiday with its beautifull beaches and forests.
But Sochi is not the onliest place to visit in Russia.
For example you can visit also the old village of Konstantinovo in the Ryazan region (not far from Moscow). It is the village of one of the most famous poet of Russia; Sergei Yesenin.
This place is important for me because it is the village of my Grand mother but it is a very beautifull place with a wonderfull park near the river Oka.
The famous quote of the Poet Yesenin: Don't promise me dreams, give me my country back.
Ryazan-Konstantinovo Esenin slide-show
MAP:http://mapsof.net/konstantinovo it is not far from Moscow about 200 km.
The VoR presents another feature on Russia’s most attractive tourist destinations. Today we are heading for the old village of Konstantinovo in the Ryazan region.
This land was the birthplace of the famous Russian poet Sergey Yesenin. The village sits on the right bank of the Oka River. This is where Yesenin spent his childhood.
In 1910, a two-storey house where the poet lived was destroyed in a fire and his parents built a new one - a big peasant house overlooking the Cathedral of Kazan Icon of Our Lady. The poet’s mother stayed in the house until 1955 and after that it was converted into a library, says Olga Anikina, who is a member of staff at Yesenin's museum-estate.
"On October 3, 1965, the day of the poet's 70th anniversary, a branch of the Ryazan local history museum was opened at Yesenin’s house. His sisters were still alive and helped reconstruct his home environment and told the stories of various objects. For example, there is a dining table at the museum which was brought by Yesenin's father from Moscow and which the family used to dine at. Sergey also used it for doing his homework and later for writing. An oil lamp was lit for the whole night when the poet worked. Also on display are Yesenin's mother’s clothes - a blouse, a coat, a scarf. Another interesting exhibit is a small wooden chest."
At 13, Yesenin was sent to Spas-Klepiki village to study and took the chest with him. Later he took it to Moscow. Afterwards, the poet brought it back home where it was well kept by this mother.
A small kitchen has a samovar (a metal container for boiling water) which Yesenin’s mother Tatyana got as a dowry. It was always on the dining table waiting for guests.
Yesenin’s house is not just about displaying the objects which once surrounded the poet - it’s about providing an insight into his world and a special atmosphere of his home. It tells a lot about the poet himself and his family.
"This special atmosphere of a peasant house shows the way peasants used to live, it portrays their joys, sorrows and worries. When one enters the house he can feel the presence of an ordinary peasant boy."
The village also has a unique museum dedicated to Yesenin’s poemAnna Snegina. In 1916, when Yesenin had his first book published, he was invited by a well-educated poetry-lover Lidia Kashina, who owned an estate in Konstantinovo. By that time, Yesenin was already famous, his poems were well-known in St.Petersburg, and he had met Alexander Blok and other prominent poets of the time.
Back to the estate in 1918, Yesenin found that it had been confiscated by the Bolsheviks. Later, when he moved abroad, he wrote Anna Snegina, a poem which described the most important events which occurred in Russia in the early 20th century. One of the prototypes of the poem's main character was Lidia Kashina and now her estate is also a museum.
NARRAROT: Today’s Konstantinovo looks like an ideal village with pretty houses, perfect infrastructure and a nice waterfront restaurant. Traditionally, the restaurant is closed on Mondays, but almost always, the staff opens it for visitors as an exception.
I agree with you. It is impossible to spend holiday in Sochi center. But you can spend your holiday in other beaches near Sochi. Sochi is surrounded by many beaches and towns where the prices of hotels and beaches are not so expensive. You have a very large choice of hotels.
I think for people who have never been in Russia, it is a good occasion to spend holiday in or near Sochi Coast.
For Russian people who know Sochi very well, they prefer to visit other countries because they spent all their childhood in Sochi or they visited this town many times in their childhood and they know the russian food very well.
I spent my holiday near Sochi (in Makapse) the last year in an Hotel. I spent a super time. The water was hot and we have plenty of food. There are plenty of shops where you can buy food and cook at the hotel. There are also plenty of beautifull girls at the beach.
I have also visited Sochi center, the town is full of cars. It is not the best place. It is the same in all big towns in the world.
It is always possible to find a good place near Sochi. But it is better to have a car so you can visit many beaches and many places and choose the best one for you.
Any way Russia is a very big country and Sochi is not the only place you can visit. But it is interesting to visit it for the first time
The “Arboretum” and “Southern Cultures” botanical gardens outside Sochi are being revived in preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014. Both are to be declared special zones, and will become part of the Sochi National Parks.
About 400 million rubles have been allocated for the reconstruction of the botanical gardens. In the past, both gardens operated under a self-financing system, but the government will from now on finance their upkeep and maintenance.
"Arboretum" was created in 1892 and is a real green treasure of the Russian subtropics. It contains more than 2 thousand species of exotic and rare plants, brought from different parts of the world. Apart from its flora, the botanical garden also boasts of rare animals and birds, as well as a cable car which provides an excellent view of the town and the sea from the highest point of the garden. Specially trained workers are needed to maintain the wonder garden, but Sochi does not have such skilled personnel. Therefore, the required specialists will be trained at the Scientific-Ecological Enlightenment Center, says Nikolai Pinkovsky, Director of the Sochi National Park.
“The Center is an integral part of the Sochi programmes. After accreditation, a department will be created for the training of skilled and certificated ecologists. For now, we want to research the work of similar centers in other regions of Russia”, Nikolai Pinkovsky said.
The other garden, “Southern Cultures” was established in 1910 in the Adlersky region of Sochi. It was designed by Albert Perel, a talented garden architect. The garden is characterized by an unusual architectural style and excellent flora. It stands out not because of an abundance of trees, but thanks to its unusual green compositions. There are French sections like in Versailles, and cascading ponds similar to those in Amsterdam. Many visitors come to the garden to see its wonders.
In the 1990s, the garden was neglected, and was damaged several times by tornadoes. Attempts by Sochi volunteer-ecologists to save the national treasure didn’t produce the desired results. The Ministry of Natural Resources has now assumed responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of "Southern Cultures". The garden will be open not only to Sochi residents, but also to the visitors and participants in the Winter Games in 2014, after the completion of restoration work.
It is planned to complete the reconstruction of both gardens before 2014, and the work should not cause an inconveniences to the visitors. May 1 will be an Open Day in "Arboretum", and thousands of people will be able to marvel at the pearls of the Russian subtropics.
I am going to play Fed Cup for Russia against Serbia in Moscow. It will be a very tough match for our country, because unfortunately Vera Zvonareva got injured. We wish her speedy recovery!:)We hope to have great support. Now I am in Sochi, spending some time with my family and friends, enjoying it so much. And than will go to Moscow, to practice with our team. Elena
No, that is not me. It is Elena the russian tennis player who is going to play the Olympic Games in London.
As you see, Sochi is a place where you can meet many pretty girls.
Sochi is only one town of Russia. Russia has plenty of towns you can visit during your summer holiday.
The Voice of Russia continues its programmes about ancient Russian cities favoured by foreign tourists. Today we’ll tell you about the ancient Russian country estate Dubrovitsy.
Dubrovitsy is an ancient Russian village located 20 kilometres south of Moscow. Besides, Dubrovitsy is one of the most beautiful country estates in Russia, where the Church of the Sign of the Holy Mother of God is situated. The latter was consecrated in the presence of Emperor Peter the Great. The baroque-style church in Dubrovitsy resembles an exotic flower and has nothing to do with the traditional Russian churches. The name of its architect has not been established yet, Director of the Podolsk Museum of Local Lore Lyubov Slashchova says.
"We carefully studied the materials of Priest Romadanovsky who lived in the 19th century and who remembered all the events of the past. However, no evidence that would enable us to establish the authorship has been found yet."
As we have mentioned before, the Dubrovitsy church resembles an exotic flower – a quatrefoil, which is an element of Western art. That is why it is doubtful that it is an example of Russian baroque architecture, Lyubov Slashchova says.
"Baroque came to Russia from Western Europe – from Italy, to be more precise – and splendour is its key feature. And as regards the Church of the Sign of the Holy Mother of God, its splendour is proof of this. All the elements of Baroque are represented there. But I wouldn’t say that this is a Moscow or a Russian baroque style."
The church that dominates the panorama of the Dubrovitsy country estate is also its centre and focal point. The second centre of the Dubrovitsy country estate is the palace that most likely was built in baroque style but that was later reconstructed in classical style. At the end of the 19th century Prince Sergei Golitsyn brought luxurious wooden furniture dating back to the 17th century to the Dubrovitsy country estate from a palace in Rome. There is an old lime-tree park not far from the Dubrovitsy Palace. As legend goes, some of the lime-trees were planted there by Peter the Great. Among the owners of the Dubrovitsy country estate were famous of landed nobility, including Golitsyn, Dmitriyev-Mamonov, and Potyomkin. Representatives of the Romanov House as well as foreign ambassadors visited the Dubrovitsy country estate on many occasions.
Plenty of Pupils at the beach, a place near Sochi: Artek
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is fast approaching. Millions of viewers will be watching broadcasts from the sports arenas. They are counting on seeing entertaining and informative shows prepared to the highest standards possible.
The independent non-commercial organization “Sports Broadcasting” will be reporting, or – more precisely – broadcasting such sports events. It will provide services to the First Channel, VGTRK and NTV-Plus. During the Olympics, the company will be faced with the serious challenge of creating of what is called a national signal, said Vasily Kiknadze, general director of “Sports Broadcasting” in his interview with the Voice of Russia:
“Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a company affiliated with the International Olympic Committee, broadcasts from all competitions. But they broadcast what is called the international signal that is to suit any country. That is they definitely show the leaders and they show specific points. But those points, those leaders and anything else they broadcast corresponds to our interests.”
“That is why our company can introduce certain changes in the video sequence. For example, if it's hockey, pay attention to the Russian leaders or the veterans that are on the stands. Or we can recall some bright moments in the history of Soviet or Russian hockey. Thus, the company becomes the owner of the visual sequence. As far as the technology is concerned, a huge amount of work has been done. In its work the company is planning to use the latest technologies and innovations in the area of sports broadcasting,” stressed Vasily Kiknadze:
He added that “We had to create such a technology that would correspond to current world standards. For that we got involved with our colleagues from Germany and Great Britain. There was a serious discussion, and now we are building a system of mobile TV stations and a mobile central control room that will be unparalleled, at least in Europe.”
It will be HD TV that will take into account the needs of ergonomics and the wishes of both directors and slow motion replay cameramen. Together with US specialists from NBC, the company is building what is called a media room. It is a huge server that collects data from all 12 mobile TV stations. The task is not to simply warehouse that information, but to correctly describe those units of video that will be taken and put them in an exact order. Then, on the last day of the Olympics, the users will be able to upload any piece beginning with the first day of the Games. It will be a unique storage facility that would allow the use of its archive in live broadcasts, which has previously never been possible.
In January 2013, competitions will take place in Sochi to test the Olympic facilities. There will be 19 competitions at the World championship level. “Sports Broadcasting” intends to show the video sequence that corresponds to the highest standards in the world. The next test will be the World Student Games 2013 in Kazan, and only then will the 2014 Winter Olympics follow.
Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-Na said Monday she will return to competition with the aim of skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Korea Times reported.
Kim, 21, has not competed in over a year and has reportedly spent her time studying, skating in shows and as an ambassador for the South Korean city of Pyeongchang’s successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Her gold medal-winning Olympic scores, set in Vancouver in 2010, remain women’s records, but Kim said she would now set her sights lower.
"My mindset won't necessarily be, 'I've got to do well as the defending Olympic champion.' I just want to give my best. Just returning to the Olympics will be great.”
Kim’s Olympic success almost proved fatal to her career, she said.
"After Vancouver, I couldn't find a bigger goal for myself as a figure skater, but expectations from fans kept growing. I was really burdened by them all.”
Kim’s success on the ice made her one of South Korea’s biggest celebrities, with numerous advertising contracts and intense media coverage.
Sochi 2014 new AD: I Want a Gold Medal.