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Vyborg, Russia


After a few days in St. Petersburg, we hopped in the Land Rover for a day trip. I don't remember the name of the "highway" we traveled on, but again I was very nervous driving this route with cars constantly passing in head on traffic, etc. I think the road takes you all the way to Finland but I could be mistaken. When we arrived in Vyborg after a few hours, I was immediately delighted with the medieval town. The complex history of this place makes it a really interesting destination, particularly for a tourist from a very young country like America.Read more...Collapse )


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May. 2nd, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hi! Love your post, as usual:) Especially the truth which we got used to see (awful condution of restrooms).
As for food options in small Towns it is not popular. Once I talked to.Marketing Director of McDonalds and he told that their main competitor is a home fridge which is stocked up and people don't go out:)
May. 2nd, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed! There are plenty of dirty restrooms in America also, but they will always have toilet paper. :) We stopped at one gas station en route to St. Petersburg and it had a heated toilet seat AND flat screen TV. Amazing! I was in total shock.
May. 2nd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
What marvel me are not medieval buildings(though they are impressively thick) but Colosseum in Rome which was build in 80 AD and still looks just like a modern stadium.
Without Dark Ages we would probably already have travelled to Alpha Centauri :)

Yes, pizza can be bad, and this is all pizza in Pizza Hut.
Genuine Italian pizza should have thin flatbread and natural ingredients...
But pizza in Vyborg is probably even worse :))
May. 2nd, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Pizza Hut is gourmet compared to the Vyborg pizza I ate! :))
May. 4th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Хорошая подборка книг на последнем фото. Вижу твой интерес к России не просто так появился.
May. 4th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hello stranger! Yes, I told you I've been interested in your country for a long time. And, you see, I've written lots of nice things about the beauty of Russia in all these other reports. :)

Edited at 2013-05-04 10:20 pm (UTC)
Василий Пупкин
May. 5th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Dear peacetraveler22.... ! If you're eager to visit the city of Chelyabinsk (where the meteorite fell in February!) - See-walk ... We will meet, we will show, tell you .. In the winter we have not very interesting, but in the summer or fall is normal ..))))))))))))))))))))) Accommodation also do. All for free. Just our family, too, it will be interesting to talk with a resident distant America ..
May. 6th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Hello! Thanks for the invitation. I remember the meteorite. It fell on the very day I flew to Russia!
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May. 8th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Hi! Nice to hear from you and thanks for the detailed history lesson. :)

"And just a week ago some creeps destroyed 7 XVIII century buildings in the center of the city..." What did they do to the buildings?

I saw lots of fast food in Russia, many of them American chains (McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, KFC). But I hate such places and don't eat at them ever in the States and certainly not in Russia. In America, you can get very decent meals at restaurants for cheap prices. More difficult to find in Moscow, though St. Petersburg seemed to be cheaper.

If I return to Russia this summer then I'll definitely visit some parks and I love forests!
May. 8th, 2013 09:30 am (UTC)

А тем временем,
наши взяли водокачку. :))

May. 9th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I read about the game in the news. The National Hockey League (NHL) of the U.S. currently is in play off season and our local team, the Washington Capitols, are in the hunt. The team is currently battling the New York Rangers and the series is tied at 2-2. :) I like hockey, but my favorite sport is football.

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May. 9th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's very interesting.

Edited at 2013-05-09 05:19 pm (UTC)
May. 9th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed. Russia is a fascinating place.
May. 11th, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
Great shots and very interesting story. Thank you! I've never been to Vyborg and just see that place with your eyes!
May. 11th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
This city is definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself near St. Petersburg. Btw, did you see my stories on the Ukrainian village and market in Chicago? I think you told me you're from Kyiv. You will be reminded of home for sure.
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May. 17th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
About the Clock Tower top: yes it's possible to get there. But the door is usually closed and you have to know where to find a man who have the key :)
Here my photo from the top: http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6411/1918710.3c/0_891c5_eddfc538_orig
May. 17th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Very nice photo! Thanks for the information on the mysterious key man. :)
(no subject) - trttptm - May. 17th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 10th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
I have been in Vyborg several times, even one time in winter. But unfortunately it was a winter without snow we had several years ago...
The highway you traveled on to Vyborg was definitely "Scandinavia" highway (трасса "Скандинавия"), and yes, this road finally leads to Finland. Unfortunately, it is too narrow, the quality of a road surface leaves much to be desired (especially in winter) and almost every time this road is overcrowded. (Btw, have you had a chance to look at our Saint-Petersburg's ring road (КАД) and West high-speed diameter (ЗСД)? If yes what do you think about them?)
The views from the top of the Olaf Tower are spectacular, but the path around the dome is the catastrophic narrow one IMHO... When I was there at first time I was even surprised that they allowed tourists to walk in a such limited space :))) And I know there were some movies scenes made just on the top on the Olaf Tower! Incredible!
A toilet paper absence even in paid WCs is a usual practice in Russian provinces :((. (That is why I always have my own little stock of the toilet paper in my purse :)))
As for the "Round Tower" - I have never been there either... This restaurant worked every time I was in Vyborg in summer but every time there was a "closed party" there :))). Maybe they cater only tourists groups... But I was more lucky than you with finding a good place to eat even in winter. :)) Unfortunately, I didn't remember exactly the names of those cafes.
There is also an old market building not far from the "Round Tower", on the other side of the Market Square. This building was rather interesting, but its condition left much to be desired too. Maybe they already closed it for a restoration... And have you seen flat stones with numerals on them on the cobblestone pavement of the Market square near the Round Tower? It looks like they were used to mark places for market stalls there. :)))
And as previous commentators told you there are a lot of activities that are offered to tourists in Vyborg in summer. I once tried arbalest shooting there. :)))
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
A Russian winter without snow? This seems impossible! :) I traveled many roads in Russia during my journey. We drove long distances, including the route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Personally, I found all these "highways" very scary, not only because of the asphalt condition but also the drivers! :) In the States, our highways are large (usually 3 -4 lanes each direction). We do have some roads with one lane in each direction, but drivers generally obey the rules. They're not trying to speed past a truck or other car in head on traffic, putting others' lives at risk. This was the scariest thing to me with Russian drivers.

It's possible I'll go on a journey with Alexander (macos) at the beginning of August. We will leave from Moscow and drive through Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries for two weeks. I'll make an announcement on my blog if the plans work out, but it will be very exciting for me. And an opportunity to view more "interesting" roads. :)

I really liked Vyborg and hope to return again someday.
(no subject) - anna_sollanna - Jul. 10th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
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