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Old Posted Oct 16, 2011, 3:48 PM
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Siberia from North to East. Part 8 : Vladivostok

So here is the eighth (and final) thread about the trip I did this summer in Siberia.
Here are the links towards the seven first threads :
Siberia from North to East. Part 1 : Norilsk
Siberia from North to East. Part 2 : Dudinka
Siberia from North to East. Part 3 : Along the Yenisei
Siberia from North to East. Part 4 : Yeniseisk and Podtesovo
Siberia from North to East. Part 5 : Krasnoyarsk
Siberia from North to East. Part 6 : On the train, again
Siberia from North to East. Part 7 : Khabarovsk

Vladivostok with a population of about 600,000 is the main metropolis of Russian far east. It seemed a lot bigger than Khabarovsk (which has roughly the same population) and felt a lot more international than all the other Siberian cities than I've visited. English was more widely spoken than in other cities (a lot less than in most countries though) and there were tons of foreign tourists in the streets (mainly chinese and japenese).
The trip from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok by train lasts 11 hours. A very long trip when some of your compartment mates snored for all the night !

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82- I had a fantastic lunch in this asian restaurant, but it was a very awkward moment. The korean (or chinese ? but i think they were korean) women from the restaurant were talking to me in a language I couldn't recognize. Was it Korean ? Chinese ? Russian spoken with a heavy korean or chinese accent ? I did my best to make them understand me, at first trying to speak Russian, then English, etc...
They finally understand that all I want was to eat. So I entered the big room of the restaurant where I was the only customer (it was noon). The menu was all in Russian, but fortunately the 10 or 12 years old son of one the korean (?) women spoke english and translated for me the menu. Then he engaged me in conversation, asking me where I was from, etc. He was impressed when I said to him I came from France and when I showed him on a map all the trip I've made from Norilsk to Vladivostok. He ran to his relatives to repeat that to them.
The food was very good and a lot cheaper than in all the russian restaurants I tried during my trip :


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Old Posted Oct 16, 2011, 6:14 PM
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I am always excited when you bring us a new thread! These Russian threads are extremely interesting & educational for me. This city seems to be dynamic.

Thank you very much!
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another amazing thread! well your whole series was great but i was looking forward to vladivostok specifically. i hope to see it for myself one day, but in the meantime this is the best tour i've seen of the city, so thanks for that.

looks like a very well rounded city, with older buildings and newer condos (or at least what look like condos). i don't mind the commie blocks - 124 & 125 give out a grittier, more industrial marseille vibe.
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(...) i don't mind the commie blocks (...)
I do mind a lot, hope they'll tear the hell down and improve their global standards. Their older and newer things are so much better.

@Nantais Thanks for the show, was quite interesting. An amazing trip you've had there.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2011, 11:32 PM
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I do mind a lot, hope they'll tear the hell down and improve their global standards. Their older and newer things are so much better.
i suppose the living conditions in some of those might be verging on squalid, so i do hope housing standards improve for the people who live there. but as far as their impact on the skyline, i don't find it offensive.
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I've always wondered what this city looked like, and now, thanks to you, now I do! Much different than I thought; very impressive indeed.
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I was really looking forward to this thread... thank you.
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Great photos!! Thank you very much for showing this!!
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Cool to see so much of Russia. Lots of ships in these shots. Thanks.
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A truly fascinating travel report.
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Nice thread. Of all the cities you have shown us I think Vladivostok would be my first choice to live in.
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Nice pictures. Vladivostok looks a lot nicer than most of those places in the interior that you visited. I guess it makes sense, since ther interior is hard to get to, and you can ship a bunch of stuff to Vladivostok.

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I have enjoyed the whole tour so much! What an amazing bridge going up in this last set.
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I have enjoyed the whole tour so much! What an amazing bridge going up in this last set.
There are actually two large bridges being built in Vladivostok right now, both in preparation for hosting the APEC summit next year.

One over Golden Horn Bay:


The other connects the city to Russky Island, where most of the summit venues are being built. When completed it will be the second tallest bridge in the world, and the world's longest cable-stayed bridge:


You can see both bridges in this photo:


The APEC Summit is the annual economic and trade summit in which the world's leaders dress in native costumes and pose for a dorky group picture:

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128- WW2 memorial :
That's not WW2 memorial.
That's the Great Patriotic War memorial.
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fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing
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Wow fascinating.
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Fascinating tour.
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Just to reitereate what everyone else said. Great tour. Thanks for sharing it with us. Vlady looks to be the most dynamic and lively of the bunch, but it makes sense.
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Really cool! I notice how in Russia's far east almost 95% of the cars are Japanese.
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