I’ve been traveling recently and since I don’t own a proper DSLR, I’ve been taking pictures with my iPhone and posting them on Instagram – @igomyakotin
Here are some of them.
This is the second part of the post about Vyborg, a city in Russia I visited this summer.
The thing that impressed me the most in Vyborg was the Tower of St Olaf; built in the 13th century, it is the one remaining tower of Vyborg Castle, a symbol and an architectural landmark of the city of Vyborg.
The fortress was conceived by Torkel Knutsson, the Lord High Constable of Sweden, who led in the 1290s a crusade to Karelia, the Third Finnish Crusade, which was actually aimed against the Russian state of Novgorod. He chose the location of the new fortress to command the Bay of Vyborg, which was a trading site already used by locals. From the bay, a river leads inland, ultimately connecting the place to several districts, lakes, and indirectly also to rivers going to Lake Ladoga.By request of Torkel Knutsson the main fortress tower was constructed in 1293.
The first couple of hours that I spent in Vyborg, it was pouring with rain. Not the best weather to walk in the old streets, to observe people, to sit comfortably on the bench in the beautiful park with a cup of coffee. But towards the noon, the weather changed in a blink of an eye! As you can see in the pictures, it is bright and sunny. Thank you, Vyborg, for that! What a nice way to greet your guests. 🙂
Inside the Tower of St Olaf.
I’m back! 🙂 That was a tough week, but I loved it. Got so many surprises for you! But, first of all, how have you been?
So, you probably know that I love to travel and this summer I happened to visit Vyborg, a city in Russia that used to belong to Finland. It has a very rich, interesting history; and the city itself is amazing.
“The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was retaken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II.”
Centuries ago Vyborg was used as a fort. Vyborg Castle, medieval fortress that was built in 13th century, is still in the city and remains Russia’s only fully-preserved monument of Western European medieval military architecture. Vyborg is a really beautiful city. Because it used to belong to Finland, Vyborg looks exactly like any Finn city: old, colorful houses, narrow, cozy streets, little cafes where you can warm up in a cold, rainy day, sipping hot coffee with a blueberry bagel. I spent only one day in Vyborg with my nephew Kate, but that day was really one of its kind, an unforgettable experience.
As always, it all started on the road…
That’s a 13th century Vyborg’s Castle. About it and many other things I will tell you in the next post.
I love being on the road, driving great distances, when you don’t even know where you go. There’s a sense of romance in it. Spending nights at the car or at the hostels, meeting new people, visiting new places…
One time the car got me and Phil (he actually got me there; thank you) to Mesa Verde, a home of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who lived there for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Just imagine how old that place is. It is situated in a really unique place; the nature there is breathtaking. It is actually a park and its full name is Mesa Verde National Park, located in Montezuma County, Colorado,United States.
I love CO. I love its crazy whether. I love its generous people. I love its gorgeous mountains. And I’m so happy I’m gonna be back in CO soon. So, if you read this and you live in CO, write/text/call me and we’ll hang out sometime. 🙂 Even if you don’t live in CO. Write me. I wanna know how you feel. Is everything good?
“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.” ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Have you ever been to a place that always makes you happy? Instantly. For no reason. Well, Odessa makes me happy whenever I visit it. But I don’t quite understand why I love Odeesa so much. The sea? Yeah. Beautiful architecture. Sure. The people? Certainly yes. But maybe all these things combined together create such a unique, attractive, cozy atmosphere that just doesn’t let you go once you’ve been there. THERE… Odessa. I will never let you go. Maybe it’s in my blood, you know, ’cause my mom used to go to college in Odessa. There’s just something inexplicable, something magical about that city. I don’t know what it is. And, frankly, I don’t wanna know. I love Odessa the way it is and I wouldn’t change a thing. Not a tiny little thing. ❤