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Sochi, Olympic Park

Russia is the biggest country in the world (territory, not population), but if you ask a foreigner to name Russian cities, they will be limited to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, sometimes Vladivostok and Kazan. Nowadays, there is one southern city which also got on the list due to winter Olympics in 2014- Sochi.

 

Being the most southern and warmest city in cold Russia, Sochi became the capital of Winter Olympic Games. There were a lot of discussions, how it is even possible to have Winter Games in the south. The other category of people were simply surprised that there is a piece of land in Russia, located in subtropics. This was already 2 years ago, but how does the Olympic Park looks now? What is happening there? Is it still used or all the facilities are abandoned?

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The Olympic Park is thoroughly taken care of, it is neat and clean. In the ice hall, there are hockey games and figure-skating performances. In summer, the ice show under name Carmen (I recommend!) with Russian top skaters was running almost every evening, and it was almost always fully booked.

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The area itself is kept for Formula 1, which is also not that typical for the country. The signs of Formula are everywhere around:

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Among the Olympic buildings and Formula 1 tracks, there are a couple of car museums. I attended the one, which exhibited Soviet Union cars. There you can see the cars from early Soviet Union time up to latest Lada models of the epoch.

Overall impression from the park was excellent, it looked neat and fresh; the staff was friendly and helpful. It was pretty easy to go from the city center to the park by train, which was very cosy and modern:

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4 thoughts on “Sochi, Olympic Park

  1. Thank you for recently visiting my blogsite. I have looked around yours and enjoyed reading your posts on Finland and Russia, here and Sochi. I would have loved seeing the Olympic games there, but especially just seeing Sochi. I visited the USSR in 1989 and toured Leningrad, Moscow, Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa with a travel group via General Tours. We got to ride the Trans Siberian train between Kharkov and Kiev, but the rest of our trip and transportation was via Aeroflot Airlines, which was not the best, so I can relate to your apprehension on Russia’s air travel services. The Trans Siberian was also quite an experience, (door locked up on our compartment) but very glad we could take it. I flew Finnair airlines from the U.S. to Helsinki when coming into Helsinki, then on to Moscow on Aeroflot.

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    1. Thank you for the comment! I am happy to hear you made such a big trip, I am sure it brought a lot of memories. I have never been to the other “corner” of Russia, USA, or Ukraine. I definitely should make it some day!

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