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Business before pleasure. Part 8.

No doudbt long weekend is very pleasure thing and the best and reasonble to spend it usefully for health and world outlook. Lond bank holidays we decided to make a little trip to Vyborg. A bit of wiki. Vyborg (English pronunciation: /ˈviːbɔrɡ/ Russian: Выборг) is a town in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, situated on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Bay of Vyborg, 130 kilometers (81 mi) to the northwest of St. Petersburg and 38 kilometers (24 mi) south from Russia’s border with Finland. The area where Vyborg is located used to be a trading center on the Vuoksi River’s western branch, which has dried up. The area was inhabited by the Karelians, a Balto-Finnic tribe which gradually came under the domination of Novgorod and Sweden. Vyborg remained in Swedish hands until its capture after the Siege of Vyborg by Emperor Peter the Great in the Great Northern War (1710). The Treaty of Nystad (1721), which concluded the war, assigned the town and a part of Old Finland to Russia.
Our forward path layed along the routes A123 and A125. Followed by recommendations of our friends we drove to Komarovo where visited the grave of Anna Akhmatova. Many famous people buried on Komarovskoe necropolis: the arts, sciences, such as academics Likhachev and Pirogov. We didn’t manage to find the cemetery so the little advice for thouse who’s been interested in visitin Komarovo. Get off at the second road crossing then follow to the village by the Shkolnaya and Ozernaya Street.


Going back to the track and enjoing the beautiful sights after visiting the cemetery. The road is empty, and almost everywhere with a good asphalt.

We’ve reached Vyborg in the evening and we stopped for the night. Book a hotel in the Vyborg we failed, all of the cheap rooms were occupied so our choice stopped at the hotel “Chaika (the seagull)” in the village of Sovietskiy. Village of Sovietskiy is located 20 km from Vyborg and fully lives up to its name. The time is practically stopped stopped. Hotel “Chaika” is inexpensive but quite suitable for an overnight stay. A double room costs 1700-1800 rubles per day. Facilities: fridge, TV, safe, bathroom with shower.

Hot shower facilities are very pleased after long travel. The absense of climate control device can be also joined to disadvanages. Heating radiators are strongly hot so it was very hot. When opened the window, it appears that there is room above the restaurant and very noisy fan. But does not actually spoil sleep. Also I’d like tell a couple of works about the restaurant at the hotel as we decided to have a dinner ther. Dinner for two cost us 560 rubles ($25). Prices are low, portions are large, all delicious. Aproximmate prices: 30-60 rubles salad, soup 40-80 rubles, the second course 80-150 rubles. After dinner, went to bed. Breakfast is inlcuded – a buffet is included in the room rate. A set of classic products: yogurt, cereal, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage, pancakes, etc. Just will not stay hungry. The car was left in a guarded parking near the the hotel – 100 roubles ($3) per night.

After breakfast, we leave and go to Vyborg.
Park the car near the fortress.

Entrance to the fortress costs 10 rubles (30 cents). There is the Museum inside. The visit costs about 40-60 rubles for various exhibitions. Interesting exposition, devoted to different periods of history. Unfortunately, an exhibition of medieval torture was closed.

There are different enterntainments on the territory of fortress like archery (you can make 6 shots for 100 roubles (30 cents)), try on a suit of armor is also 100 rubles. Photo taken with an owl. Went up to the observation tower, the top view is simply stunning.

A couple of ground views.

After visiting the castle we went to the park Mon Repos. There are many one-way roads In Vyborg so we’ve slightly lost on the way to the park. The park is very beautiful. Cliffs, the bay, the old oaks and pines. The air is extremely clean. Enjoy the silince, take a dip in the natural serenity after the bustle of the city.

It was very sad to leave, but we had to return to St. Petersburg. A couple of urban landscapes in the end.

We decided to go back by the Scandinavia highway. The track is poor state in some places, a lot of transport and road police catching the road traffic violators. Despite some minor difficulties, the trip left a good impression. Happy travels.

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