Last summer, I have visited Abkhazia and appreciated all its color. We have visited several cities and historical monuments, but the first thing I would like to start my story about Abkhazia is Lake Ritsa, it left the deepest of impressions from this trip.
The first city which we got is Gagra, but about it a little later. So, to feel the full force of the mountains, we took an excursion to Lake Ritsa from Gagra, but not an usual tourist tour in a minibus, and in jeeps to the alpine meadows with blooming black tulips at that time.
Lake Ritsa is a lake in the Caucasus Mountains, in the north-western part of Abkhazia, Georgia, surrounded by mixed mountain forests and subalpine meadows. Its water is cold and clear. Mountains with heights of 2,200 to 3,500 m surround the lake. The region around Lake Ritsa is a part of the Euxine-Colchic deciduous forests ecoregion with a fairly high concentration of evergreen boxwood groves. Many specimens of the Nordmann Fir, which reach heights of over 70 metres (230 ft), are found around the lake.