20.08.2010

Vladivostok (especially for Toni)

Downtown Vladivostok, view direction North

“Rule the East”, i.e. is according to the data I could find, called in Russian “Vladivostòk” (the sound is on the last syllable). We visited on our trip three Russian cities: Moscow, Irkutsk and Vladivostok. Moscow we let away in this examination because the smoke.

Compared to Irkutsk is Vladivostok, at least this part we have seen and visited, in very good condition: almost no holes in the streets, sidewalks are straight and even with rolling suitcase very well accessible, etc. The station buildings are generally in a good to very good conditions – like all of the Russian Railways RZD, which makes a very good working impression – the one in Vladivostok is a jewel. Of course there are buildings made from prefabricated slabs, so far as appears in good fair conditions, but many new buildings next to it. Old buildings are renovated. The Hotel Vladivostok, where we stayed, at various details can be read off its long past – for example, only half a roll of toilet paper is available – but it works, also the staff. Vladivostok may be a boom town, close to China to Japan and Korea.

In the restaurant “Nostalgia” in the vicinity of the station we ate excellent. In the dining room are decorated on one side with paintings of generals, as far as I can judge also such of the Red Army; on the opposite wall hang the pictures of the last Tsar and the last Tsarina. It’s not because of that one should go there: go there because of the quality of the meals.

Port gate building; the railway statin is just behind. Mirrored you can see the Eastern Dream, the ferry we took to Korea

If you leave Vladivostok by boat – the boat and the port’s buildings are located just across the rails next to the railway station – one realizes that Vladivostok is a large natural harbour. The city itself is situated on a peninsula on hills between a large bay in the west and a narrow bay like a fiord or an inlet to the east. One realises that when you look back. Later on you see that there are still several islands. Currently, a huge bridge over the harbour is under construction. But if one finds that one of these islands will be developed with an even larger bridge, San Francisco comes to one’s mind. Whether Vladivostok will compete with the city on the other side of the Pacific?

View back on the port and the city of Vladivostok

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