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Botanical Garden of Batumi and Mtsvane Kontshi Beach



Botanical Garden of Batumi and located near it beach of Cape Verde (Mtsvane Kontshi) – this is the corner of lush vegetation and relative seclusion. The second moment is especially evident after a very lively Old Batumi and its Primorsky Boulevard. If you want to relax in peace and quiet, enjoy the real tropical forest and the magical views of the sea from the viewing platforms, as well as swim and sunbathe on a deserted pebble beach.

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Batumi Botanical Garden – these are hundreds of species of palms, lianas, cacti, a bamboo grove, flowers of various shapes and colors, the purest "delicious" air and ringing silence – all in 15 minutes from the center of Batumi!

And in addition, they are thematic corners, dedicated to the flora of various exotic places on the globe, walking along which you can make a small "round-the-world trip." There are a park of plants from North America, there are from Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia. In general, the Asian creators of the Botanical Garden paid a special attention – closer to the northern entrance is very nice Japanese garden:

In the Botanical Garden of Batumi, and in the summer, even more: for example, when I came to Batumi again on New Year's eve, I walked about in the garden in complete solitude.

Of course, the most spectacular Botanical Garden looks like spring, summer and early autumn, but it also has its own charm in winter, especially considering that the daytime temperature in December in Batumi is + 8 + 10 degrees, and clear sunny days in winter. In summer, usually there is a heat of +30 and often there are short rains (the microclimate is determined by the Adjara mountains, which holds rain clouds over Batumi and the surrounding area).

Winter in Batumi: on the branches of ripe mandarins

Thanks to the unique climate and high humidity, the workers of the Botanical Garden, Southeast Asia:

Structurally the Botanical Garden of Batumi Upper and Lower parks. It all began with the fact that in 1881 a certain summer resident named D'Alfonso planted palm trees, olive trees, cypresses, oleanders and cedars drawn from France .Today, the old park of D ' Alfonso is called the Lower Park.

In 1912, the Russian botanist Andrei Krasnov, a descendant of the famous Cossack ataman Krasnov, was developing in the orchard on the initiative of which the Botanical Garden of Batumi was founded in the same year. Krasnov established contact with botanical gardens around the world and subscribed plants from America, India, Japan, New Zealand. Six phytogeographic branches were created for the study of plant survival in alien soil and climate: North America, South America (Chile), the Far East and Japan, the Himalayas, Australia and New Zealand. That part of the garden.

Bust on the grave of Andrey Krasnov in the Botanical Garden of Batumi

View of Batumi from the Lower Park

As for the Lower Park, it is located in the southernmost part of the Botanical Garden and is located in D'Alfonso and a viewing platform with open views:

On a thoughtful visit to both parks, Upper and Lower, it is desirable to allocate a whole day – the territory near the Botanical Garden is very large – or at least 3 hours.With a lack of time, I recommend using a tourist electric bus that runs around the the Botanical Gardens:

One way fare: 5 GEL per person (for 30 GEL, it is possible to rent an electric bus for 1 hour to a group of up to 4 people and get a tour by electric bus with a guide-driver). The most logically optimal option: to reach the northern tip of the garden, and from there go back on foot. By the way, in the northern part of the garden is an abandoned railway station, popular with Batumi newlyweds:

The beach is quite swim, the pebbles in places are large – that is, rubber slippers are desirable for bathing. Minus is a fair amount of garbage, which is due to the popularity of this place among Adjarians. Although, if not to be lazy and move a little further from the place where crowds of nature lovers and lovers get to leave traces of their stay on this nature, then the beach is already much cleaner.

The relief of the Botanical Garden is hilly, and the road is a series of ascents and descents, from which the paths "branch off" to different sights and observation platforms:

At the southern entrance to the Botanical Garden, you can see a fern growing in a lush carpet of grass. This is a consequence of the ajarian humidity (rains of varying intensity is almost every day): because of it everything grows and blossoms with the most magnificent color.

Not far from the southern entrance, some local worker (or simply an enthusiast of beekeeping, not related to the garden) sells his home-made wine and honey – both of which are of very good quality:

From the southern entrance to the Botanical Garden, the asphalt path leads to the New Zealand site past the picturesque bamboo grove:

From this place you can see cascading fields on the opposite hillside:

From a distance, they strongly resemble the rice fields of Southeast Asia, somewhere in Vietnam or in Bali, but in fact it is a rose garden.

Rosary in the Botanical Garden of Batumi

Meters 100 after the bamboo grove square of Jason Gordeziani, named in honor of the doom, local botanist, who made a lot of efforts to develop the Botanical Garden of Batumi:

Area of ​​Jason Gordeziani

From the square there are two options for continuing the walk: you can go down to the rosary and the planting of plants of New Zealand, and you can continue driving right along the main route of the walk through the Botanical Garden. second option, then the road will take you to Square Sunny Night (Sunny Night) with a cross and picturesque flower beds:

Not far from the site of New Zealand there is a very nice lake with turtles and goldfish, near which one of the main sights of the Botumi. Botanical Garden – "mimosa shy" – grows, when she touches it she turns petals.

Not far from the northern exit from the garden is another one of its main "sights": a tulip tree. I do not know exactly what this plant looks like, it looks that way, or it is its local peculiarity – several separate trees grow from the horizontal trunk lying down:

How to get to the Botanical Garden of Batumi

On minibus No. 31 from Pirosmani, King Parnavas (formerly Telman) and from the supermarket "Goodwill" on Chavchavadze Street (the area near the lower station of the cable car "Argo"). From "Goodwill" to the southern entrance to the Botanical Garden by shuttle bus ride about 15 minutes, the price is 0.6 lari. The final stop of the minibus is just near the southern entrance to the garden. Marshrunks go every 10-15 minutes. The northern entrance to the Botanical Garden (from the direction of Chakvi) can be reached by bus number 15.This method is convenient because you can get to the northern entrance, go through the whole garden to the south, and from it to return to Batumi by shuttle bus number 31.

The road to the Botanical Garden Batumi, located 9 kilometers north of the city center, passes by the seaside district of Benzey, notable for its hill with the fortress of Queen Tamara, under Soviet power. In the same part of Batumi there is a new railway station (the old one, which was in the Old City of Batumi, and was the museum of the Noble Brothers who lived in Batumi from 1879 to 1883.

The coordinates of the parking near the banks of the Botanical Garden: N41.69173, E41.70735.

The time of the Botanical Garden Batumi: in the summer from 8:00 to 20:30 (the ticket office is open until 20:00), in the winter from 9:00 to 18:00.

The ticket costs 8 lari, children from 10 to 16 years old – 1 lari. Together with the ticket at the ticket office, a map of the Botanical Garden is issued. There is an opportunity to book a guided tour: 50 GEL for a group of up to 30 people. In some specially designated places it is possible to set a tent for the night – 15 lari, in the summer from 19:00 to 10:00, in the winter from 18:00 to 10:00.

Official site of the Botanical Garden:, information mainly in Georgian and English, only Russian translation.

By the way, if you plan to walk around the Botanical Garden for a long time, it is advisable to take in drinks. There is nowhere to eat in the garden, but there are several areas with free Wi-Fi.

Just off the southern entrance to Cape Verde.

Cape Verde Beach (Mtsvane Kontshi)

Mtsvane Kontshi or, speaking in Russian, Green Cape Is a tiny village 8 km north of Batumi. And vegetate it in obscurity, if not two sights of truly all-Georgian scale: firstly, in Mtsvane Kontshi is located on the famous Botanical Garden of Batumi, and secondly – an excellent pebbly beach with very clean water and a calm sleepy atmosphere.

A bit of history

The fate of Mtsvane Kontshi was determined by three factors: proximity to Batumi, lush subtropical nature and the presence of a good beach. Two centuries ago, the coast of the Cape Verde was chosen by Russian noblemen, merchants and industrialists – they actively built their dachas and houses in Mtsvane Kontshi. Then all this wealth was nationalized by the Soviet authorities and turned into rest homes and sanatoriums for "The victorious proletariat" – in the 20th century the authorities even built a cable car in the village that connected the beach with the sanatoriums on the mountain slopes. After the collapse of the Union and the independence of Georgia and the sanatorium, and the cable car came to desolation – now the former magnificence is reminded only of rusty fragments hanging overhead:

Monument to the Bygone era

From total oblivion Mtsvane Kontshi, located two hundred meters from the entrance to the Botanical Garden.

Mtsvane Kontshi Beach

To get to the beach, you need to go from the cassettes of the Botanical Garden to the right, to the entrance to the garden, and to the left and down, towards the sea.

Mtsvane Kontsha beach is quite good, relatively clean, and the water is somewhat cleaner than on the beach in the center of Batumi – which is not surprising. Cleaner, but not too much – the difference at first glance is almost invisible. If you really need very clean water, then it is better to go to Kvariati or Sarpi, the good by car to them from Batumi can be reached in less than an hour.

Beach pebbly, pebbles "Batumi ordinary" – its size varies very, from huge cobblestones to small pebbles.

Exactly the same pebbles cover the bottom.

Also found on the beach Mtsvane Kontshi and small sandy plots:

In short, on Mtsvane Kontshi, as elsewhere in Batumi and its environs, it is desirable to swim in special rubber slippers – otherwise the entrance to the water.

In length the Mtsvane Kontshi Beach is about five hundred meters high, in its southern extremity it turns into Makhindzhauri beach, and in the north it is bounded by a rock with such a ruined and rusted structure:

Once it was a ladder, along which it was possible to walk along the rock from the main beach to a secluded bay with a small wild beach, located to the north.

However, like the cable car, time did not spare this ladder, and the authorities, for lack of funds, did not restore it, but only forbade it to use it. So it's much safer to get to the wild beach to wade along the water along the cliff – the depth of the waist, plus there are pretty grottoes:

"Wild" beach Mtsvane Kontshi

Cove is very nice – if it was somewhere in Croatia, most likely there would have been a nudist beach for a long time 🙂

The only negative of this bay: in the morning, when the sun is not at its zenith, because of its configuration and lush thickets, it is completely in the shade. Although, on the other hand, if the day is hot, then on the contrary in the morning there is an excellent natural shadow, you do not need any beach umbrellas.

On the main beach Mtsvane Kontshi there are two cabanas for dressing up, a stack of sunbeds (in the high season they are evenly distributed on the part of the beach that is adjacent to the cafe and pier), for 2 lari a day you can rent an umbrella from the sun:

However, on the beach of Cape Verde there is enough natural shade from the trees:

Not far from the pier there is a small cafe, where you can drink coffee, refresh yourself, well, just in sunny weather, sit under their umbrellas. True, the prices in the local beach cafes are far from the most humane.

Mtsvane Kontshi laid wooden flooring:

The beach itself is surrounded by lush tropical greenery – no wonder, for it is Botanical Garden.

Garbage on the beach Mtsvane Kontshi, if you want to find, of course, you can – but in the eye he throws it. Though there are a lot of garbage in general and a little, at times it is still found – and quite exotic: for example, I once got through a rusty bridge from a truck:

In the place where the path to the beach comes from the entrance to the Botanical Garden, there is an old pier turned into a promenade promenade:

At the moment, by its original designation, it was not used, but it was chosen by local fishermen. In addition to walks on the pier and gatherings at the cafe, the beach does not offer any other entertainment. The most important entertainment Mtsvane Kontshi – the opportunity for five minutes to get to the famous Botanical Garden of Batumi.

My opinion about Mtsvane Kontshi beach

From my point of view, Mtsvane Kontshi is one of the best beaches to the north of Batumi. If you live in the capital of Adjara or in its suburb of Makhinjauri and have your own transport, I would recommend for a clean sea and a cozy little beach to go to Mtsvane Kontshi, since the road takes no more than 15 minutes. Also, without any problems to the beach of the Cape Verde and the Botanical Gardens, you can get on a minibus – any of the traveling to the north, to the side Kobuleti. To live in Mtsvane Kontshi personally, I probably would not, but for the sake of a clean sea and lush subtropical greenery would go there willingly.

If you decide to stay in Makhinjauri, then it's better to go swimming (or ride) to Mtsvane Kontsha beach, and not to Batumi.In Makhindzhauri itself you can swim only in the most extreme case – the purity of water there leaves much to be desired.

Excursions around Batumi and Adjara

Curious and sociable travelers who want to get even better acquainted with Batumi and its surroundings, I recommend to book a tour of Adjara from the "first person". Your guides will be local residents – journalists, photographers, historians and just connoisseurs of their native places. At the booking stage you will need to pay online only 20% of the cost of the excursion.

I my opinion about visiting three author's excursions around Adjara: "Beauty of mountain Adjara", "Batumi – Babylon of the Black Sea Coast" and "Machachel Gorge – 700 meters above sea level".

Accommodation in Mtsvane Kontshi

With accommodation for tourists in Mtsvane Kontshi the case at the moment is not so hot. Almost all visitors to the Botanical Garden and the nearby beach come from Batumi, Kobuleti and Makhindzhauri – good, Batumi is located 8 km away, and Makhindzhauri – only five.In the absence of mass tourism there is also a positive side – the sea on the Cape Verde beach is one of the cleanest to the north of the mouth of the Chorokhi river.

If you are planning your independent vacation at sea in Batumi, be sure to check out my selection 20 good and inexpensive apartments in Old and New Batumi – here is only the most valuable information from my personal experience of numerous trips to Batumi for several years. In addition, in that article you will find a detailed story about what is different in terms of living Old and New Batumi, and also on what nuances.

If you want to live by a stone's throw from the Botanical Garden and live in the bosom of an almost untouched nature, amidst lush subtropical greenery, then you can rent a room in one of the few guesthouses or in the private sector. However, it is advisable to take into account that all Mtsvane Kontsi accommodation is located on the mountainside, and if it is easy and fun to descend to the beach in the morning, then climbing up after a lazy day on the beach can be very tiring . The average price for a room in a season is 30-40 $, in the winter 15-20 $.

Below I bring to your attention a small selection of guesthouses near the Botanical Garden and the beach Mtsvane Kontshi:

Holiday House Green Cape Batumi, 25 $

Guest rating 9.7 out of 10, price $ 25 / night.

Cozy rooms with balcony and air conditioning, to the beach ten minutes walk. Very hospitable and hospitable hosts.

Link for booking: Holiday House Green Cape Batumi

Guest House Lasha, 16 $

Overall Guest Rating 9.9 out of 10, price $ 16 / night.

Guesthouse is located on the mountainside, guests can take a free shuttle to the beach.

Link for booking: Guest House Lasha

Olesya Guesthouse, 25 $

Excellent cozy guesthouse with a family atmosphere and very hospitable and hospitable hosts.

Reservation link: Olesya Guesthouse

Geen Cape Home, $ 40

House (150 m ²) with three bedrooms and vintage furniture in the village of Mtsvane Kontshi. It offers a terrace, a cozy garden and free parking. Price in high season – 40 $ / night.

Reservation link: Geen Cape Home

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Pereslavl-Zalessky: monasteries, museums and Pleshcheyevo Lake




Golden Ring – Pereslavl-Zalessky, and its sights: Pleshcheevoy Lake with its blue stone, Nikitsky Monastery, Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, the monument to Alexander Nevsky, as well as various museums of the city: "Botik Peter", museum of steam locomotives, museum of wit.

The history of Pereslavl-Zalessky began in 1152, when Prince Yuri Dolgoruky moved his fortress from the town of Kleshchin, which was on the high bank of Pleshcheyev Lake, to the lowland. The act is very illogical and historians. Prince Yuri, being of the native of the city of Pereyaslavl, decided to name the new city in honor of his homeland on the river Trubezh, which flows into the Dnieper, and even the local river ordered Trubezh to be called. Subsequently, the letter "I" in the name of the city was lost, and in the annals it began to appear in the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky. It was with the annexation of the city of Pereslavl that Moscow, after defeating the Tver army, which also claimed the rich in Pereslavl, Moscow. the main monasteries of Pereslavl-Zalessky was built: the Fedorovsky Women's Monastery.

Almost all the main attractions of Pereslavl-Zalesskiy are located in the area of ​​the local Red Square (in fact, it's not a square, but a cozy green lawn), whose historical name is Sobornaya.

The city of Pereslavl-Zalessky, the Transfiguration Cathedral:

The oldest architectural monument of the North-Eastern Russia of the pre-Mongol period. Compared with the elegant temples of Western Europe, the cathedral is very ascetic and resembles a harsh warrior who has risen to his own land – well, the history of our countries is very different.

Near the temple there is a staircase along which you can climb Earthworks:

Judging by the diameter (as far as this word is applicable to the shape of the "oval") of the tree, the ancient Pereslavl-Zalessky was not large – only 500 to 700 meters.

Pereslavl-Zalessky, a monument to Alexander Nevsky:

Pereslavl-Zelessky is the birthplace of the Grand Duke – it was from here that he left for the reign of Novgorod, and returned here when the "Democrats" -owners called themselves another prince.

City of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Church of Alexander Nevsky and St. Petersburg. Vladimir's Cathedral:

In short, it was Alexander who preserved Orthodoxy in Rus. After the ruin of the country by the Tatars and turning it out in the province of the Horde, the pope was offered the Novgorod prince's military assistance in the fight against the Horde, but in exchange, Orthodoxy was primacy of Rome. Prince Alexander was the only ruler not only of Rus, but of the whole of Europe, who refused such a tempting offer to preserve personal power. Instead, he chose to temporarily subjugate the Horde (and for this purpose, traveled to the remote Khanate capital of the Karakoram), and all the remaining forces to the direct expansion of the Latins. The motive was simple: for all the horrors of their raids, the Tatars were not interested in the religion of the conquered peoples and they did not claim their soul. Catholic knights, in the outer "civilization", primarily sought to change the worldview of the people. According to many historians, it was Alexander's choice and his preservation of the "core" of the nation that predetermined the future of Russia.

Church of Metropolitan Peter:

What to do if you have lost a man:

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Iron Museum (located in two steps from Red Square):

Museums of Pereslavl-Zalesskiy

Museum complex "Botik Petra" – If you go to Yaroslavl from Moscow, then, not to top five kilometers to the city center, you have to turn left after the sign "boat" and then go to three kilometers to the shore of Pleshcheeva Lake. By the way, after the turn on the left hand will be Assumption Goritsky Monastery Pereslavl, now it houses the State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.

With the Goritsky monastery a legend is connected: two years after the defeat in the Kulikovo battle, the Tatars, led by Khan Tokhtamish, again invaded. Shortly before the invasion, in the Goritsky Monastery, the Grand Duchess Evdokia, the wife of Dmitry Donskoi, arrived on a pilgrimage. The princess was saved by a miracle – the monks and retinue sat on a raft and he disappeared behind a dense fog in the middle of the saving Pleshcheyev lake. In memory of his miraculous salvation, Evdokia, after 10 years, restored the Goritsky monastery was destroyed by the Tatars.Since that time there is such a tradition in Pereslavl-Zalessky: on the sixth Sunday after Easter from the Goritsky monastery to the middle of the lake.

GPS coordinates "Botik Petra": N56 ° 43.512 'E38 ° 46.574' (Veskovo village), the entrance is located across the road from the picturesque beach on Pleshcheyevo Lake. The place is sacred for all the fans of naval subjects and lovers of Russian maritime history: it was here, on Pleshcheyevo Lake, that the Russian military fleet was born (the "Moscow Sea" did not exist, and of course the Pleshcheev Lake – 6 by 9 km – Peter for the construction of the first "amusing" fleet).Nowadays Lake Pleshcheyevo is considered to be its cradle, and on the territory of the museum, from which then hatching and grown what we now have as a Russian Navy.

Granite monument with a two-headed eagle:

On it is quoted the quotation and the decree of Peter "voevodam Pereslavl" with the highest command "birch vessels, yachts and galleys." It did not help – in 90 years the "amusing" fleet burned down.True, by the time the Russian Empire acquired a fleet is from far from amusing – it's on their skins experienced Swedes and Turks.

The same boat "Fortune":

The boat, designed for 10 oarsmen and 10 passengers and cargoes to warships, occupies almost the entire space of a small hangar built for it.
The operating mode of the museum "Botik": 10:00 – 18:00 (May – September); 10:00 – 17:00 (October – April), Monday – closed, sanitary day – last Tuesday of the month.

The site of Pereslavl-Zalessky museums

Across the street from "Botik Peter"located gramophone and gramophone museum:

The city of Pereslavl-Zalessky – a museum of steam locomotives or the "Pereslavl Railway Museum":

The museum was formed around the local narrow gauge railway, along which peat was transported from the so-called Bludova Marsh. Unlike the usual railway, narrow-gauge railways were used in Russia to transport cargo in hard-to-reach places – from mines, coal mines, logging. Initially, Western technology was used on such roads, but from the end of the 19th century there was an "import substitution", in honesty, the famous Russian locomotive "Kukushka" appeared.
Address of the museum: settlement Talitsy, st. Forestry, 1.

Site of the museum of steam locomotives

City Pereslavl-Zalessky, Museum of wit:

City of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Pleshcheyevo Lake:

It was this place that made the strongest impression on me in Pereslavl-Zalessky. Looking at the surface of the lake, he could not shake off the feeling. I saw many different lakes – in Italy, Chile, Argentina and his God knows where – but this feeling I had only on the shore of Pleshcheeva Lake.

If from the Pereaslav Red Square to go in the direction of Yaroslavl along the Soviet (Rostov) street, then on the right hand there will be such an original sight:

Berendey House Is "the center of preservation and development of national traditions" plus a picturesque tavern directly on the road from the center of Pereslavl-Zalessky to Rostov. About the price and quality I will not say anything – I did not order anything out of the absence of time.
Address: Uritsky Street, 38.
If by Berendeya go further to the north, then on the left hand will be one of the most beautiful monasteries of Pereslavl-Zalessky: the current

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Nikitsky Monastery

The monastery, like many other monasteries of North-Eastern Russia, is more like a fortress than a holy monastery.

There were good reasons for that and the fortress. The monastery was founded by Prince Boris, the son of the baptizer of Rus of the Great Martyr Nikita, whom Boris especially honored.

According to legend, Nikita was the collector of taxes under Prince Yuri Dolgoruk. While doing his job properly, he oppressed people until, during the cooking of meat, his wife saw a bloody foam and pieces of a human body instead of an appetizing brew. Shocked by this event, Nikita came to the hegumen of the monastery with a request to take him to the monastery so that he could pacify his sins. He was accepted, but only after a severe test: he had to give himself up to the top of the mosquitoes and the nest on the nearest swamp to the monastery. Already becoming a monk, Nikita continued to exhaust himself by chains and chains. These ruins also ruined him: the robbers took iron for silver and killed the ascetic; now those are stored in the Nikitsky monastery.

Turning from the street Uritsky to the left and passing the Nikitsky Monastery, you can get to the hill Aleksandrova Mountain, from which one of the best views of Lake Pleshcheyevo opens.

A little further on the shore of the lake Blue stone Pereslavl-Zalessky: "sacral" boulder, sticking out of the ground only half. To my question – "what is this stone famous for?" – the cashier selling tickets to the stone (he is located on the territory of the "Kleshchinsky complex" and for the entrance there take 50 rubles), looked at me reproachfully and said that he ", and treats ill" – in short, the thing is necessary. According to legend, the blue stone of Pereslavl-Zalessky or "blue stone" is located on the site of an ancient pagan temple. After the acceptance of the Christianity, by the adepts of the new faith, the Blue Stone was repeatedly thrown into the water in order to stop the conduct of the pagan rites, but soon he somehow again found himself on the shore. Local materialists consider this an ordinary physical phenomenon connected with the peculiarities of freezing and melting of water in the lake. However, the blue-stone to this day is covered with different pagan legends and mystical legends.

The stone is a slab of fine-grained biotite shale about 0.6 meters thick, oval in shape, about 3 meters long and about 2.5 meters wide. The first hunters who came to the shores of Pleshcheeva Lake from the taiga of the Urals, the steppes of Northern Kazakhstan and the Kola rocks, could not help but wonder – where in the area without rocks could such huge boulders take? And, naturally, an explanation for this fact was found in the sphere of higher forces. The huge stones became the abodes of the spirits-the masters of these places; to them brought gifts – a part of the hunting booty, homemade cakes, silicon arrowheads.

Gradually the place near the Pleshcheev Lake was inhabited by the people of Merya (Meryane, measure) – hunters to the Finno-Ugric group. Merya believed that the gray god of the Ukko storm was passing through the blue sky, amid streams of water, on a rattling wooden cart, in a blue cloak on his shoulders, and his brave warriors. He is struck with arrows, lightning, enemies and instilled courage in the hearts of friends. Huge blue-gray boulders, found along the banks of reservoirs, the Merians began to devote to their god-thunderer, and called them Sini – "blue." Apparently, because when you hit a stone with iron, thunder rang out and sparks like the lightning of a formidable Ukko were cut out.

The Slavs (more precisely, the Ilmen Slovenes), who came to these shores in the 9th century, brought with them the cult of the god Veles.According to their myths, Veles was the son of the heavenly Cow, the one that grazes in the meadows of Inomiria, where milk flows through the blue sky by the Milky Way and the dew drops to the ground. Veles patronized the shepherds, hunters, merchants-travelers, and also guarded the world of the Slavs from the productions of the "other world" and accompanied the souls of the dead to the bright Irius, before the fair eyes of the Slavic gods. The wells of Veles stood on the shore of the Currant, separating the Slavic world from Navi, the blue of the Inomiria. That is why the huge boulders of the bluish hue, also located on the border of the elements (shore "land" – the lake "water") – the Slavs also dedicated to Veles. As the peoples of the Dimension and the Slavs mingled, there was a relatively peaceful mixture of their mythology, which was soon replaced by the Faith of Christ. And here it was already without conflict: the Christians considered the blue stones to be pagan symbols and tried to destroy them – they were smashed, drowned, laid in the foundations of the Christian churches (for example, the Blue Stone on Red Square in the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky) or, turning it into rubble, used in the construction of roads.

These adventures and the famous Blue Stone of Pereslavl-Zalessky were not overlooked. In one of the Orthodox chronicles it is narrated that "in him the demon, dreams of creating and attracting people from Pereslavl: husbands and wives and their children …". In fact, at Veles the Blue Stone, the locals only remembered their ancestors, according to the ancient Slavic customs, in the beginning of the seventeenth century, and even under the walls of the Orthodox monastery. Such a scandalous outrage Church hierarchs could not tolerate, and now, with the blessing of the abbot, one of the deacons, the digs the blue stone into the ground. Then the hated stone was loaded into a sleigh and was taken to the lake in order to take it to Dukhovsky Sloboda. But the lake did not agree with the plan of the priests – it bursts and the blue stone descends to the bottom of the lake – in order to reach the shore near Alexandrova in half a century … If desired, all this can be explained by the laws of physics and hydrology, but many prefer to believe in the mystical nature of these curious phenomena. There are even rumors that the Blue Stone of Pereslavl persists creeping upward, from the water's edge to the Alexandra mountain.

Even today, there are people who do not agree with the existence of the "accursed pagan idol," and strongly suggest that they bury it again / drown it / blow it up … Personally, it seems to me that it is better to leave the boulder alone and, if it does, to cultivate.

The bridge on Pleshcheyevo Lake, near the Blue Stone:

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6 best hotels and guesthouses in Shekvetili




Of course, Shekvetili is still far in the sense of popularity to his famouse neighbor Ureki, but every year more and more townspeople, exhausted by the rhythm of life at home, prefer to rest in the still sleepy Shekvetili. And this is why it is advisable to book accommodation in Shekvetili as much as possible in advance, while there are still plenty to choose from. I brought to you my small selection of hotels and gestures of Shekvetili, obtained after several large trips to Adjara and in general along the Black Sea coast of Georgia:

Contents of the article and map of the location of the hotels:

1. Guesthouse Mirabela, $ 18

Rating based on reviews: 9.2 ("Excellent"). Price in high season: from 18 $ / day.

A new comfortable guest house in the yet unbreakable Shekvetili civilization – very near and dearly, to the sea for 7-10 minutes – IMHO, an ideal place for introverts.

There are many interesting things: hydrogen sulphide springs, amusement park, eucalypt alley and Black Sea Arena with frequent concerts of local and foreign variety stars.The hospitable hosts, and lunches and dinners , you can prepare yourself in the common kitchen.

Reservation link: Guesthouse Mirabela

2. Villa Vachnadze, $ 30

Rating based on reviews: 8.5 (Very good). Price in high season: from $ 30 / day.

Cozy room, friendly staff, delicious food, pine air and clean sea – what else do you need for an excellent holiday? Guest house in a pine forest near the sea called "Villa Vachnadze" meets all these criteria. In addition: a very quiet place (in the evenings only frogs can be heard), in the rooms there are large balconies, to the beach to hand.

People on the beach are very few – especially compared to Ureki. There are several small cafes – I recommend that in "Nelly" try khachapuri in Adjarian.

Link for booking: Villa Vachnadze

3. Guest house Shekvetili, 36 $

Rating based on reviews: 8.9 ("Terrific"). Price in high season: from 36 $ / day.

Guest house with an excellent location (pine forest, to the sea 5 minutes walk, the place is quiet, convenient for traveling with children and by car) and the wonderful hospitable hosts Svetlana, Nona and Emzar. Svetlana is amazingly preparing – I do not recommend neglecting her breakfast and lunch 🙂

The beach is clean, quiet, there are almost no people on it. The rooms are bright, cozy, equipped with air conditioning and everything necessary for a comfortable stay.

Link for booking: Guest house Shekvetili

4. Simple Pleasures Shekvetili, 47 $

Rating based on reviews: 8.4 (Very good). Price in high season: from $ 47 / day.

Simple Pleasures – a combination of rural way of life with a creative family atmosphere, a couple of days, everyone knows every other, and some think that they have been friends for many years.

The place is ideal for rest with children: the sea is clean, warm, sandy beach. With children in the mornings and evenings, professional teachers from Moscow are engaged: dancing, yoga, "skillful hands". If there is bad weather, then for adults, organize a "chacha-evening": immediately chase the chacha and treat all of them to the accompaniment of live music.

Very tasty restaurant, I recommend to try there phali – the same ones that Rezo Gabriadze once called "a special genre of food". Breakfast is organized as a buffet, but you can order separate meals.

The hotel offers several excursions accompanied by a charismatic Miho guide – if necessary, it easily becomes an excellent toastmaster –

Link for booking: Simple Pleasures Shekvetili

5. Sea-Line, $ 69

Rating based on reviews: 9.4 ("Excellent"). Price in high season: from 69 $ / day.

Sea-Line It is a new, newly built hotel, all fresh and tidy. Located directly on the beach, 40 meters from the sea and pine trees.

Attentive caring staff, delicious breakfasts, a nice sandy beach, few people, clean sea, sometimes you can see how dolphins frolic in it. Elegant view from the window at sea, the opportunity to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of waves. And it's not easy to wake up – the healing pine air makes a dream incredibly strong "

On the ground floor there is a washing machine, you can rent a beach umbrella and a chaise longue.

Link for booking: Sea Line

6. Iveria Elli Hotel ***, 71 $

Rating based on reviews: 7,9 ("Good"). Price in high season: from 71 $ / day.

An ideal place for a relaxing holiday with children.

The hotel is located on the first line, in a very quiet and peaceful place. All rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom, TV.

Pros: clean sandy beach, warm sea, amazing pine air, delicious "Swedish" breakfasts, warm welcome – the staff is very hospitable and professional.

Link for booking: Iveria Elli Hotel

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Vietnam: sights, features of rest, national cuisine




On the peninsula of Indochina in south-eastern Asia is a small state of Vietnam. First of all, the country is famous for its centuries-old culture and history.

Until quite recently, Vietnam preached the policy of communism. The state tried to recover from the destructive war with the Americans in the 70s of last century. Its influence is exerted on the country by its neighbor – the People's Republic of China. Time goes by, and changes begin in the country for the better. But before tourists there is a question – and whether it is necessary to go on rest to Vietnam?

In this short article we will tell you about the peculiarities of rest, the main sights and the national cuisine of this region.

Sights and places of rest

The main political, cultural and educational center of the country is its capital – Hanoi city. In this amazing city, the traditions of the East and the West closely intertwined. To admire the beauty of the architecture of the amazing intertwining of Chinese and French architecture, tourists can in the Old Quarter, also called "36 Fo-Fyung" and the colonial quarter of the "Ville-Francaise" district.

Visiting card of Vietnam is Halong Bay. This is one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. The bay includes more than three thousand amazing in its beauty picturesque islands. And if you are making a tourist trip around Vietnam, then order a cruise for 2-3 days with an overnight stay on the ship. The cost of such cruises starts from 100 US dollars. The price depends on the duration of the cruise and the class of the ship. The cruise takes its origin from the city of Halong, which is located 170 kilometers from Hanoi. You can buy such a cruise at any travel agency.

"Tourist capital of the country" is considered to be Vietnamese resort Mui Ne. Because of the strong winds at this resort, it has become attractive to many kite and windsurf lovers. Among Russian-speaking tourists this resort is very popular.

The most popular resorts also include Nha Trang Resort, which is especially popular with diving enthusiasts. Here are very nice beaches.

AT city ​​of Dalat There is a ski resort, which was built by the efforts of the French. This city is located in an area surrounded by evergreen forests, lakes, passes, picturesque valleys, natural parks, numerous waterfalls.The city of Dalat is also called "The City of Eternal Spring", as well as "The Swiss Alps in Vietnam".

300 kilometers from Hanoi there is a unique Sapa Mountain. Here, on the territory of this region you can meet rare nationalities and tribes. Such ethnic groups include the ethnic group of Hmong.

Fans of a relaxing holiday are sure to be interested Phu Quoc Island. Here you can meditate in unity with nature. You will be surrounded by green mountains, waterfalls and snow-white beaches. For lovers of scuba diving, all conditions are created here. In addition, tourists will be interested in the tour to the farm for growing pearls.

Special interest in tourists will cause the ancient capital of the emperors Nguyen Hue, which is located in the heart of Vietnam. This city was the first to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in Vietnam, and is taken under the protection of this organization. An unforgettable experience will make for each tourist the so-called Forbidden Purple City.

Will not leave you indifferent and Ho Chi Minh City, is more known to us as Saigon. The main attraction of the city are the tunnels of Ku-Chi, which are located in the suburbs of the city and stretch for 187 kilometers to the border with Cambodia.

Very often tourists come to Vietnam to improve their health. Here, in great honor, the methods of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Herbal treatment, bathing in thermal springs, mud baths, massage, acupuncture – all this gives you the opportunity to perk up and get rid of your illnesses. In Hanoi, you can visit one of the spa centers that offer effective methods of traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Vietnamese cuisine

This kitchen is a mixture of French and Chinese cuisines. Dishes made from fresh meat, vegetables, rice and seafood are exposed to light heat treatment, in connection with what are obtained healthy and light. The competition conducted by Forbes magazine allowed Vietnamese cuisine to take the third place in its variety and according to their unusual taste qualities.

Conventionally, Vietnamese cuisine is divided into three categories. The northern region prefers traditional Vietnamese cuisine and strict selection of ingredients and spices. Among the most famous dishes in the north of the country are the dishes "Fo" and "Ban-kuon". The cuisine of southern Vietnam was developed under the influence of French colonists and immigrants from southern China.Southerners like sweet taste in most traditional dishes, and for their preparation use a variety of different herbs. But the best cuisine is the cuisine of Hue – the old capital of Vietnam. Its main difference is the aesthetics and harmony of the selection of food components.

Among the traditional Vietnamese dishes are: "com" – rice, "soy" – glutinous rice, "pho" – soup noodles, "banhkhoy" – stuffed omelette, "banchyng" – pie from glutinous rice, green beans and pork wrapped in the leaves of dong wood, chajo – vegetable and meatloaf, "meen" – vermicelli from cassava, "he saigon" – cabbage rolls in rice shell, "cha" – fried fish.

Of the most popular drinks are green tea, milk of a young coconut, strong Vietnamese coffee with a taste of chocolate, sugar cane juice. Alcoholic drinks are popular with rice vodka "la my." Prices in restaurants and cafes are low, in comparison with European resorts.

Today's Vietnam is not at all the same as it was 30 years ago. Today along the coast of the South China Sea began to build numerous hotels, where special attention is paid to the development of infrastructure for tourists and holidaymakers. Numerous islands and chic beaches attract more and more tourists every year.And if you are going to visit this amazing land, you will always be met by hospitable hosts who are glad to guests and do everything that your holiday has become pleasant and unforgettable.

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