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Travel to Abkhazia
Gagra — Sukhumi
In the center of Sukhumi, on the square of freedom is an abandoned building of the government house. A dilapidated, creepy house without windows and with traces of weapons attacks - local residents say that for them it is a monument to the war
On the Internet you can find a lot of fantastic pictures from Abkhazia, it causes a desire to visit this country, plunge into its nature and color. Of course, this place is a paradise for your camera. Mountains, the sea, the architecture of Soviet times, the national color of mountain villages. But behind the beautiful picture lies a deep economic crisis, the country has not been developing for almost 20 years after the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. People still live in buildings with traces of bullets. This inaction and indifference to their own city, of course, unpleasantly surprised me.
In Soviet times, Stalin, who came to power, planted a territory, then Georgia-owned eucalyptus, to dry the soil from the foot of the mountains to the sea, which was covered with swamps. Most of the population lived in the mountains and did not even greet people living on the coast, afraid of contracting malaria. After feeling the swamps, the inhabitants from the mountainous areas began to descend closer to the coast and settle in new Soviet cities, which practically did not change until today, so the Russian expression "Come down from the mountains" appeared.



Black Sea

The main time tourists in Abkhazia spend on the beaches, the sea here is much cleaner than in the part of the Russian coast of Sochi. Rest here can not be called cultural, because there aren't museums, cinemas or clubs here, unfortunately. But Abkhazia is famous for its excellent local cuisine: hot khachapuri "Lodochka", homemade wine, honey, national sweets.
Sukhumi

When you get to Sukhumi, it seems that the time machine has transferred you to the USSR. Since that time, practically nothing has changed here. The busiest place in the city is the embankment. There are also cafes, and carousels for children, and an atmospheric square where local pensioners play chess.
13-story Building of the Government house on Liberty Square

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In the center of Sukhumi, on the square of freedom is an abandoned building of the government house. A dilapidated, creepy house without windows and with traces of weapons attacks - local residents say that for them it is a monument to the war, that it is not specially restored in memory of the sacrifices made to freedom, for tourists like me it is an indicator of the country's poverty and lack of interest of the government to work over the culture of the city. Inside, the "monument" is littered with rubbish, syringes, cigarette butts. The building, like the whole city, is not needed by anyone. And it stands as a reminder of the indifference and inaction of the government and the inhabitants of this small country.
Botanical Garden

The garden was founded in 1838, the garden area is more than 30 hectares, where almost 5 thousand species and varieties of trees, bushes, herbaceous plants grow. Here you can find a huge alley of bamboo, a banana flower and a bust to the statesman Nestor Lakoba. The territory of the garden is in desolation, and the ticket, worth $ 10, is quite expensive, so it is more expedient to visit the Botanical Garden in neighboring Sochi.
Returning home after the trip and thinking about it, I realized that if I knew what to expect, I would hardly have chosen Abkhazia for the place of my vacation. I appreciate originality in countries and cities, but every city of Abkhazia that I saw upset me with abandonment and poverty. If you want to see this country, I would advise you to limit yourself to a one-day bus excursion from Sochi, it was morally difficult for me to spend more time there.
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Footnotes: Photos taken on a Canon Mark II with 40mm f/1.8
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