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Sochi and the Winter Olympics

Located on the Black Sea Coast and snuggled between Georgia/Abkhazia is a versatile Russian City. In the summer months it is a wonderful beach resort, reminiscent of the south of France in many ways with promenades lined with palm trees and yachts docked in the marinas. In winter Sochi is transformed into a winter wonderland. A fantastic winter sports destination, which is why it was chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

1024px-Nature_of_mountains_and_skyThe 22nd Winter Olympics runs from tomorrow 7th February to 23rd February, with prelims already taking place. The main venues for the events during the games include the Sochi Olympic Park, close to the Black Sea coast in the Imeretin Valley. This area will be home to events such as Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating and Curling as well as all the ceremonies and main press rooms. The events will be taking place at Krasnaya Polyana, above Sochi, here events such as Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle and Snowboarding, Alpine and Ski Jumping plus Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.

Sochi Marina

Sochi has been gearing up for these events for a number of years and has attracted investors to the region which has allowed new hotels and accommodation to be built. It is hope that the legacy of these games is that people return to the area to enjoy all that it has to offer. From beach holidays in the summer for those looking to soak up the sun, to fabulous skiing holidays for thrill seekers.

As a city and region steeped in History, Sochi has so much to offer, the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies just north from the city and is a fantastic nature reserve with rare and interesting flora and fauna. The city itself also has a number of wonderful parks, monuments and museums which show the intense history of the region. Plus it’s a wonderful place to take in the Stalinist architecture which divided the country, rich from poor.

Images courtesy of Ivanaivanova and Ganoshenko Roman respectively

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