The Olympics offer the world an opportunity to travel from their living room. This year the world was exposed to the subtropical region of Russia that resides along the Black Sea.
Many people believe the stereotype that Russia is this freezing cold place where you need to drink Vodka and wear fur to stay warm. While it is true that Russia only has two seasons: winter and summer, there are places in Russia where you will find it hard to believe that you aren’t vacationing in France.
Even Moscow has a summer that lasts from May to October.
The Olympics allowed Russia to reveal Sochi to the world–one of the warmest locations to ever to host the Winter Olympic Games.
I challenge your perceptions of Russia with the following photographs:
Beach in Sochi
The Maritime Port in Sochi
An Arbour along Sochi
Russian Countryside on the Don River near Kalininsky
Russian children enjoying swimming and summer camp
St. Petersburg sunbathers
If you haven’t added “travel to Russia” on your bucket list because you thought it was too cold… you might want to reconsider. Russia has a haunting beauty and rich history like few places you will visit in your life time.
To your travel dreams,
Natasha von Geldern is a travel writer, editor, and blogger who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real by traveling the world. She is a contributor to Travel Wire Asia, Wild Junket Magazine, Yahoo! Total Travel and Travelbite. You can find her on World Wandering Kiwi.