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Travels 2021, July

Extortion on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Extortion on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Borders are always the biggest stress in travel. It is difficult to predict on what issue they may unexpectedly dig into you, especially if you are in Central Asia. On the border of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, we were not lucky twice. Initially, we planned to drive through Issyk-Kul in the south, and ...

The most boring road in the world

The most boring road in the world

In my autotravels, I often talk about the most beautiful roads in Russia and the world, which I strongly recommend to ride. But this time I would like to change my tradition and show the most boring road I've ever been. And the question is not in its quality, the asphalt here is gorgeous, the fact is that ...

Galloping down Onega for the wooden past of the Russian North and a little about service in the outback.

Galloping down Onega for the wooden past of the Russian North and a little about service in the outback.

Getting to the times of the USSR and even earlier is not as difficult as it might seem. Over the past few centuries, little has changed in the Russian North. There are also wooden temples on the banks, roads as there were no, and did not appear. Maybe it's for the best? 01. Having got out of the White Sea, in the evening we thought about two ...

SOUTH AFRICA. Part 3. Stunning garden route, penguins, the southernmost point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, 25,000 km. behind that broke, ahead of the unpredictable West!

SOUTH AFRICA. Part 3. Stunning garden route, penguins, the southernmost point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, 25,000 km. behind that broke, ahead of the unpredictable West!

In the last part of the story, we drove through Swaziland and Lesotho. Now we are back in South Africa. In Cape Town, we plan to park our cars, and then we go to Namibia. Departure to South Africa is simple and hassle-free. Nobody asks us for customs documents. Formally, my car is like a ride ...

Issyk-Kul was not impressed

Issyk-Kul was not impressed

The second time I have already been to Issyk-Kul (both times in transit), but I still cannot understand the meaning of rest on this lake and why tourists are drawn here. Okay, locals, they really have nowhere to go if they want to visit the beautiful nature on the weekend somewhere nearby, but I would definitely fly here on purpose ...

How old people live in Kalmykia, when the house is covered with sand, there are dunes in the garden, and inside there are not even electrical switches

How old people live in Kalmykia, when the house is covered with sand, there are dunes in the garden, and inside there are not even electrical switches

Traveling around Russia, I never cease to be amazed at how huge our country is, how different people live in it and how different their lives are. More precisely, living conditions. And today I invite you to see how people with Russian passports live in the Black Lands. This is how the desert is called ...

Another cool place for photo shoots with a car. Moscow suburbs

Another cool place for photo shoots with a car. Moscow suburbs

Hello. Aviation lovers are familiar with this place. And the plane is unique here. I've heard about him many times, but never seen him. On a gloomy spring morning, I drove my urgent business to the store. And going around the traffic jam on the M5 jumped straight to this place. Coordinates: 55.560833, 37.961868 So, this is sa ...

Kola Peninsula from the White to the Barents Sea. We were robbed. Khibiny and an abandoned submarine base.

Kola Peninsula from the White to the Barents Sea. We were robbed. Khibiny and an abandoned submarine base.

The Kola Peninsula is the dream of many travelers, but the dream must be realized. So we went to the ends of the earth to the Arctic Ocean. We climbed above the clouds in the Lovozero tundra, rolled along the river-road in the Khibiny. But not only the beauty of nature is interesting on the Kola Peninsula, but also once ...

Shipyard: the "secret" attraction of Vyborg

Shipyard: the "secret" attraction of Vyborg

What to see in Vyborg? Most readers will think of the Vyborg Castle, Mon Repos Park, Clock Tower, Market Square, the restored library of Alvar Aalto and ruins shocking with desolation right in the center of the city. At the same time, there is one more very interesting place in Vyborg - namely, in ...

See the beauty of the road from Osh to Bishkek and not die. Part 1

See the beauty of the road from Osh to Bishkek and not die. Part 1

Since my last trip to Kyrgyzstan in 2015, I had an unfinished gestalt - to ride on the highway from Bishkek to Osh. Although I drove along this road, the Kyrgyz taxi driver with whom we were traveling, promising to take us along it during the day, left only in the evening, so the only thing we saw then ...

How to show children Elbrus in one day

How to show children Elbrus in one day

Going on a family trip to the Caucasus this June, we first of all wanted to introduce children to the highest peak in Europe - Elbrus. To acquaint in detail, versatile, with ascent to good heights, but so that it was physically light, without adventures. The solution was ...

Dangerous bear beaches of the White Sea. How we failed three times.

Dangerous bear beaches of the White Sea. How we failed three times.

It is raining, +8 is North. Where we go? Of course, on the sea, where the sun, waves and sand, and bears can also come. This time the trip turned out to be somewhat extreme and not what we expected it to be. But everything that is not done is for the best. Go! 01. We are leaving Arkhangelsk, the rain does not stop even ...

I was driving through the forest and saw how the IL-78 was being repaired under a tree

I was driving through the forest and saw how the IL-78 was being repaired under a tree

Hi Hi. I recently went to see how things are in the spring forest. The food is all in a romantic mood. There is beauty all around, the buds are swelling (not mine, but on the trees), all sorts of birds chirping. By all indirect signs, nature is waking up! Rather, I needed to drop by on urgent matters ...

Abandoned cable car in Tbilisi. How I got inside and saw what was left of her

Abandoned cable car in Tbilisi. How I got inside and saw what was left of her

On June 1, 1990, a tragedy occurred in Tbilisi. During the operation of the cable car, the traction rope was broken. Due to the negligence of the station workers, the emergency braking system was simply turned off and both cabins rushed down ... The lower cab was not so high, but victims could not be avoided - it ...

We drove through Madagascar and saw how men beat zebu bulls with sticks on the eggs in the mud. What for?

We drove through Madagascar and saw how men beat zebu bulls with sticks on the eggs in the mud. What for?

A summary of the previous episodes: Flew to Madagascar in Antananarivo. Met with friends. Then we flew to Tulear by domestic flights. It's in the south. In Tulear, they took the four-wheel drive Gazelle Business (because it is big) and went to look for the best chocolate in Madagascar in order to deliver ...

"Eurasia: From edge to edge": about the Chukchi stage.

"Eurasia: From edge to edge": about the Chukchi stage.

A very difficult Chukchi stage of the journey "Eurasia: From edge to edge". ⠀ There were exhausting days in a blizzard with zero visibility - between the village. Nutepelmen and Lorino, on the route along which 104 legendary Chelyuskin residents were evacuated in 1934, on dog sleds. How they did it 86 years ago, before ...

Walking along a wild island in the Ladoga skerries, I came across the remains of a Finnish house in a swamp, why was it built in such a place?

Walking along a wild island in the Ladoga skerries, I came across the remains of a Finnish house in a swamp, why was it built in such a place?

A hike to the winter Ladoga skerries, without ice in the bays, is not the easiest event, transitions through wild islands without trails, just directions towards the open Ladoga, descents, ascents, stones, rocks, swamps, snow underfoot. It is difficult, but interesting. There was no winter this year, but in February some ...

Travel to Kola. Found a German road in the mountain tundra, 75 years without repair. And two more abandoned ghost towns.

Travel to Kola. Found a German road in the mountain tundra, 75 years without repair. And two more abandoned ghost towns.

The end of the earth, the Barents Sea - places with wild nature, many beautiful and abandoned places. And among the mountain tundra, there is a road that is 75 years old and there was no repair. How did it survive? It feels like everything lasts longer in the north, as if the constant cold and remoteness of these m ...

The tallest village bell tower, a forgotten wooden estate and other "artifacts" of the Yaroslavl region

The tallest village bell tower, a forgotten wooden estate and other "artifacts" of the Yaroslavl region

"In any incomprehensible situation, get behind the wheel and get out of the city," I thought, and briskly headed towards the Yaroslavl region. But not very far. Because there was a possibility that the second tank on the machine was not working very correctly and did not want to go deep into the jungle. Moreover, alone with two ...

I drive a GAZelle into the wild Madagascar jungle, I meet "Countryman" and a subscriber with

I drive a GAZelle into the wild Madagascar jungle, I meet "Countryman" and a subscriber with

A summary of the previous episodes: Flew to Madagascar in Antananarivo. Met with friends. Then we flew to Tulear by domestic flights. It's in the south. In Tulear, they took the four-wheel drive Gazelle Business (because it is big) and went to look for the best chocolate in Madagascar in order to deliver ...

The most beautiful places of the Pamir Highway

The most beautiful places of the Pamir Highway

The Pamir Highway is the most beautiful road that I have ever seen. In a few days of traveling along it, I took tons of photos and would like to share with you the most beautiful and picturesque places, because it was for these views that I went to the Pamirs. The stunning views begin from ...

Travel in Yakutia on all-terrain vehicles, part 9. Way to the mysterious island Tit-Ary

Travel in Yakutia on all-terrain vehicles, part 9. Way to the mysterious island Tit-Ary

Today began as usual on our harsh polar expedition. Breathe in the endlessly clean subarctic air. Hot shower. A glass of invigorating, washed-processed Kenyan coffee brewed in an aero press. Eat delicate pancakes with a crispy crust in a circle, catch up with sprat in volumes ...

Big story about Gran Canaria

Big story about Gran Canaria

At midnight, there is little to disturb the silence of one of the cozy districts of Cologne. Occasionally a car will pass or a passer-by will pass. Knock knock knock knock These are the wheels of our suitcases rolling over the sidewalk tiles. After another half hour, the wheels are almost inaudible: suitcases are rolling almost silently on the smooth floor of the airport ...

Travel to the Kola Peninsula. How we did not reach the ends of the earth. Off-road and the Fishing Peninsula.

Travel to the Kola Peninsula. How we did not reach the ends of the earth. Off-road and the Fishing Peninsula.

Hello! Today I will tell the story of a trip to the ends of the earth to the Barents Sea. It was the Rybachiy Peninsula, a favorite place among fans of wild recreation and auto tourism. There were some adventures, and they could not get to the ends of the earth. The way to Kolsky passed along the picturesque Kola route, it can be easily ...

What to see in the woods if you are tired of preparing for March 8th

What to see in the woods if you are tired of preparing for March 8th

Hello. In the forest, there is a huge abandoned building dating back to the late USSR. A truly massive facility. We arrived at the territory in the morning. If you go straight through the field, you can easily get into the interior. But, because of the forest, to understand that there is unique in size ...

Ustyurt edge and underground mosque Beket-Ata

Ustyurt edge and underground mosque Beket-Ata

Mangystau is very rich in historical monuments; there are about 360 saints revered by the local population in this area. One of the most prominent is the Beket-Ata underground mosque. Beket-Ata on Mangyshlak is the patron father of the local people, 4 mosques are associated with his name - on Emba near Kulsar, ...

How we saved Kruzak (and drowned KAMAZ)

How we saved Kruzak (and drowned KAMAZ)

It was the third day of attempts to evacuate our jeep from the clay swamp in Boszhir, it was not possible to pull it out on our own, by the forces of workers and UAZ too. The weather began to improve, so in the next 1-2 days something had to be urgently addressed, until Mangistau was covered with rain again and our counter would reset to zero. By…

Tskhaltubo is the place where Soviet sanatoriums die. Why did nobody need a popular resort?

Tskhaltubo is the place where Soviet sanatoriums die. Why did nobody need a popular resort?

Hello friends! Today I want to tell you about Georgia. But about another Georgia, not the one you are used to. Not about the seething life of Tbilisi or the imposing sea Batumi, but about that Georgia, in which the echo of the war still echoes. It will be an interesting but sad story. Have you ever heard about ...

Time machine to the Soviet Union: old cars in Armenia

Time machine to the Soviet Union: old cars in Armenia

Armenia is a real nature reserve for those who miss the Soviet Union. An incredible number of artifacts associated with the bygone era of the country of the Soviets have been preserved here, and the first thing that catches your eye is an incredible number of old Soviet cars. Some of them rot along the side of the road, and ...

How we got stuck in Mangystau

How we got stuck in Mangystau

And this is, perhaps, the most interesting and unusual part of our trip to Central Asia, and in particular to Kazakhstan. The whole truth about how we got stuck in Mangystau and how we tried to get the car out of Boszhira's clay prison. Let me remind you that we were able to get to the "fangs" of Boszhira already in the dark. AND…

"Raid" to South Kazakhstan: Two fortresses

"Raid" to South Kazakhstan: Two fortresses

It so happened that the orange Duster regularly carries us across the vastness of Kazakhstan. And now - a new point on the map - South Kazakhstan and two ancient cities, Otyrar and Sauran. Both settlements were once discovered not far from Shymkent, and Otyrar is the first on the list. 830 kilometers from our native Almaty - and we are already ...

What to do in Crete if you're tired of a beach holiday

What to do in Crete if you're tired of a beach holiday

Hello. For many years for summer holidays, we fly to Crete to rest. On my first arrival, I was not impressed by the island and, frankly, was not thrilled. Before that, we often traveled to Thailand and in Crete I lacked lush tropical vegetation and Thai exoticism. But, soon got used to it and began to ...

Autotravel across Central Asia. How to plan a route and what to take with you?

Autotravel across Central Asia. How to plan a route and what to take with you?

A road trip in Central Asia is not an ordinary ride in Europe. The roads of the East are fraught with many surprises for motorists: bad roads, dangerous snow-covered and icy passes, the height at which the engine refuses to work, lack of refueling and generally high-quality fuel. How did you plan ...

The long-awaited Caucasus. The Shoanin Temple is a Christian cathedral on a rock.

The long-awaited Caucasus. The Shoanin Temple is a Christian cathedral on a rock.

I didn't want to leave the Aksaut Valley, but the craving for new places and impressions outweighed. So let's go again! Our further path lay through Karachaevsk again into the mountains. And to diversify the visual range, we decided to stop by to look at the ancient temple on the rock. The Shoanin Temple is a Christian cathedral in ...

Caucasian Jerusalem - the birthplace of Jewish oligarchs - billionaires

Caucasian Jerusalem - the birthplace of Jewish oligarchs - billionaires

I found out about this place quite by accident when I was planning my interesting upcoming acquaintance with Azerbaijan. No, of course, I was not surprised that a multinational population, Azerbaijanis, Russians, Tats, Georgians, Talyshs, Armenians, Lezgins, Avars, always lived on the territory of Azerbaijan ...

Pike perch-tudak

Pike perch-tudak

From the previous report it is clear that we often drove towards Sudak, so many beautiful photos of this road have accumulated. The navigator makes two paths, through Koktebel and Staryi Crimea, and although the first road contained a small serpentine, it turned out to be so beautiful that we ride ...

Russian North. Ferapontovo. Ferapontov monastery in autumn.

Russian North. Ferapontovo. Ferapontov monastery in autumn.

No matter how funny it is, we first visited the Ferapontov Monastery on Christmas Day in 2019. And then it was a purposeful departure! Most likely, you have already read that winter story, but just in case I will leave a link to it - Russian North. Ferapontovo. Ferapontov monastery in winter. That trip ...

How we went to the Arctic in Chinese

How we went to the Arctic in Chinese

No sooner had I returned from a previous trip to Yakutia when Sasha Elikov called and offered to slide into the Arctic to Yamal in a new Chinese, well, something like a test drive. Many times I took part in various test drives, which were arranged by dealers in greenhouse conditions, well, like to drive around the city together ...

Tumanly-Kol and the Military-Sukhum road to the sea, the former all-Union tourist route No. 43

Tumanly-Kol and the Military-Sukhum road to the sea, the former all-Union tourist route No. 43

It was the third day of our November trip to Karachay-Cherkessia. In the first two days, we managed to visit many beautiful places, such as the Mukhinsky lakes, located at more than 3000 meters above sea level, as well as the Alibek waterfall and the Alibek glacier. You can read more in detail ...

Manych-Gudilo - Part 2

Manych-Gudilo - Part 2

Among the flowering steppes of Kalmykia, we stood for exactly a week, only occasionally changing the points of the camp and getting out to the village to replenish food supplies. During this time, tulips have changed from "young and juicy" to withered and scorched by the sun - this is the regular question of whether "will bloom last until the May holidays ...