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Minsk, Belarus

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by stratokaster, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    I had a chance to visit Minsk - the capital of Belarus, which is often called 'the last remnant of the Soviet Union.' Due to the nature of the country, I didn't have high expectations but it turned out that the city is an amazing mixture of old and new. Its inhabitants look rather prosperous (on average they're dressed much better than inhabitants of Kyiv) and its streets are in a very good condition.

    Some pictures from the old town:

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    Sometimes the old and the new are really close to each other:

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    Hard to believe, but these two pictures were taken from exactly the same location:

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    The center of the city is a very good example of Stalinist architecture:

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    City view from above:

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    Just some details:

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    All pictures were taken with Panasonic G2 + 14-42mm + 20mm + Canon FDn 100mm f/2.8 lenses.
     
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  2. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Great set, thanks for sharing.
    Sam
     
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  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Nice set, I loved my little walk around you town...
     
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  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Thanks for sharing.

    No idea Minsk was so lovely. Is it usually that sunny?
     
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  5. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    No, people said I was very lucky to get 2 days of consistently good weather.
     
  6. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Nice architecture! Looks like a nice place. And great photos. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. Great pics. It looks like a city that is well worth visiting.
     
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  8. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Thanks for posting so many interesting photos,
    Numbers 2 & 3 looks exactly like a street in the middle of Moscow with a cool 'Tartar' restaurant in it...
     
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  9. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    No surprises here: all Russian cities (and Minsk is an ex-Russian city) look very close to each other.
     
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Nice Strat, exceptional photos telling a good story ... how's the food?

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  11. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Thanks Gary, food is rather ok! But to be honest, I don't like eastern-Slavic cuisine, it's very unhealthy (lots of potatoes and flour and animal fats and what not). I prefer a Mediterranean diet ;)
     
  12. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    479
    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    :eek: :mad: That's the survival diet: Bielorussia is poor, like in "starving". Little to do with "eastern-slavic" cuisine, of which there are many, b.t.w. It's more "eastern block" fodder, like in late and belated soviet diet.

    Otherwise, Mediterranean is ok, but Dniepr and Black Sea shores aren't that bad either: I like our sour-cherries vareniki (raviolis, if you like), and holubtsy (stuffed cabage), and sour carrots (sauerkraut-like) and dried fish and fresh vegetables all over the table just like in Turkey or Lebanon. And the Ukrainian version of haggis--aye me lad! We even have our bagpipes, even if I'm too much of a gentleman to play the Volyn :biggrin:.
    Animal fats? Salo isn't fat, it's raw vitamins! :wink:

    Now, what's really unhealthy in Bielorussia is the climate. Take a second look at these half-empty streets... How many people were brutalized and arrested again, just in Minsk, yesterday wednesday as every week ?
     
  13. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    This is a really gross exaggeration. Maybe it was starving 15-20 years ago, but not now. People in Minsk are dressed better and look healthier than in Kiev.

    Either way, I was talking about Belorussian national cuisine which in its present form is almost exclusively based on potatoes.

    This is true. I was not trying to idealize Belorussian regime - it's a thinly-veiled dictatorship with the whole set of consequences.
     
  14. niva_explorer_photo

    niva_explorer_photo Mu-43 Regular

    46
    Jun 11, 2011
    England
    Very nice pictures! a nice walk through the town! :)