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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2017, 01:06:20 AM »
Spent half the day at the Yacht Club. The Hon.Commodore - who was a skipper of the only Soviet entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race in '89 had his leg amputated - since I last saw him to hear his stories. Boris - who is now in charge of maintaining the fleet of boats owned by Russian Railways - told me he had a good sense of humour about it ... So, the first question I asked on seeing him in a wheel-chair was, " Bog moi ! Bil bolshoi akula?"  My God, was it a big Shark ? ...  He roared with laughter and confirmed, " It was a Great White !"   Undeterred, he tips up every day - encouraging the Olympic hopefuls.

Boris had a signed poster of the first Olympic medal winner since Soviet times - Stephina Elfutina - a direct result of the Sochi training regime - in his workshop.


The Olympic Catamaran class - the Nacra 17 - has had a rule change and Boris - who is now responsible for ordering new craft had to order the hydro-foils requested by the rule change - 14,000 Euros  :o  I have not seen a foiling Nacra in anger, yet ... but the std one's were flipping quick ...

Even if you aren't into sailing try and watch this video  ( pre foiling ) :

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4emdfoTvNKk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4emdfoTvNKk</a>

It is the Gold Medal race at Rio 2017 and 54 year old Cancer survivor, Santi Lange starts in Gold Medal position and takes TWO penalties during the race - must stop and do a 360 - before continuing. each time ....

In the afternoon SC demanded more cycling and we went to the town centre. We had a large credit card bill to settle and it falls during the 9th May Celebration bank hols - so we suddenly realised that a bank transfer from the UK might not arrive in time....   Panic ensued as I had to use 4 different cards to over-come the daily limit for cash withdrawals.  I thought we were screwed and would have to pay interest - then tried a card that SC has as a signatory on one of my accounts with paypal .... Although I had used my daily limit - it allowed her to draw on available funds .... Moral of the story ... you can never have enough cards when abroad ..

Then off to another bank - and we deposited the money into a bankomat (ATM) and got confirmation the account was cleared -  a day early and a msg to call into the bank as the limit was being increased :))

We cycled out to the Ferry Terminal - which is large and modern - but, sadly underused .... there used to be car ferries to Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia..... all suspended :(  It is our dream to be able to take a ferry to Northern Turkey - and drive to our favourite- the  Lycian ( Emerald ) Coast of Turkey .... where the water is so clear - or even onwards to Cyprus

There is a newish shopping / leisure mini mall by the port and we stopped for fresh juices.




In my case, SC has cut my hair, I've got a tan and the weight is falling off.. 10km or more each day on the bike - involving plenty of carrying two bikes up flights up steps.




We ate out with some of the F1 team -  food was GREAT - Dom Restaurant - but the Russian attempts at Feta cheese in a Greek salad - are still more like soft sour cream blobs :)

I was 'allowed' a Napolean cake !






 



 







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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #46 on: May 07, 2017, 01:11:16 AM »


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Re: Sochi F1 - after the Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #47 on: May 10, 2017, 11:31:34 PM »
Yesterday, there was no chance to watch the racing / lay courses. The weather was too windy and WET...One of our friends - Sergei -  had gone silent - after the GP and I was wondering why....  I had even thought him rude....

While I was having my nails done ( SC is fussy that my feet - which were awful - are maintained with anti-fungus treatments... This being a wet day - and socks weather - it was time for treatment ) we received a call to say Sergei had been admitted to hospital - having had a heart attack ..... He had been there for 7 days :(



Our wonderful neighbour - who cooks most of my meals ( SC being so 'talented' ) was off to N.Siberia - and dislikes planes - so I drove her to the railway station and she will be ravelling 4.5 days !!!

I returned to collect SC and we went to look at some furniture and bought food in a large supermarket .....  SC prefers to buy her fruit and veg in a large market .  I wanted some MEAT ...  I miss the 'deli' selection when I'm back in the UK - 'risking' something new - as often as I can.  I suggested we buy Sergei grapes - but 'No' - SC pointed out EVERYONE would do that - so he got Fresh Mandarin Juice, Various fish and 'healthy' salads:)

Then, we went to the Hospital - which is largely modern - to visit him.

As with most shopping malls and public buildings - one is searched and then enter the hospital... As with most things Sochi - the signs are in English, too !



One has to pay 5 rubles for the blue shoe covers to be allowed access to the wards - which were spotless - even the older wings of the hospital were very clean.  MAJOR PLUS - Car parking is FREE

Unlike UK hospitals - which don't ask for the shoe covers - there were no alcohol hand sanitiser dispensers.


Sergei, had lost weight and showed us the healing wound in his wrist - used to route to his heart for surgery ! Many locals and I were surprised to see this less intrusive method of surgery was in use :)

We had bought Sergei the provisions - which he claimed he didn't need as the Canteen ( stolovaya) was so good !

On leaving, the rain that had been incessant all day had stopped  - the sun was out - as we headed home.

SC pronounced she wanted Beer - which is RARE and we bought 3 varieties of 'home made' beer from the local brewery.  I was judging who had designed the best program at a local computer class and I did not want to have alcohol on my breath even though I was cycling there.



SC chose the best flavour - knocked the beer like it was 'bad medicine' and within minutes I watched her eyes glaze over and she started giggling..

When I got home, she was drowsy and I was relieved to note the beer had been further sampled ...  0.5 litres and she was GONE :))

Nearly 11 hours has passed and she is STILL sleeping ?!...


I am due to go to the Yacht club....  should I wake her up ..or just sneak out ? ;)







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Re: after the Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #48 on: May 11, 2017, 12:21:31 PM »
In recent days 'we' ( Sochi residents)  have had Merkel, Erdogan and today the Palestinian leadership visit  (Abbas)  ...How do I know?

The traffic is stopped - for ages - to allow the convoy speed through the centre - rather than use the motorway / highway.

This is a Spetsial'nyy  proyezd (Специальный проезд) - literally Special Travel

As I cycled back from the Yacht Club I wondered why the road was clear of traffic and a Policeman waved his 'wand' to suggest I moved off the road onto the pavement / footpath

Whistles started and I stopped to see who it was ....  many cars sped south to toward the airport - one  Merc flying a flag I recognised as Arabic - the cars zoomed past at 60 MPH ( 90 Km/hr) or greater

Thank you Mr Abbas - I got home, really quickly :)




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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #49 on: May 13, 2017, 05:28:02 PM »
Moby

How is the summer tourism in Sochi?

Any chance to give us a general impression how is going  and as you like using your camera, could you take some photos, when you are out and about, of various hotels and post them, so we can get an overall idea about the accommodation available and the place?

Thanks
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Re: after Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2017, 11:17:33 PM »
Moby

How is the summer tourism in Sochi?

Any chance to give us a general impression how is going  and as you like using your camera, could you take some photos, when you are out and about, of various hotels and post them, so we can get an overall idea about the accommodation available and the place?

Thanks

Wiz, the season started with Easter... The rest of the year Sochi relies on the Kremlin organising the hosting of events down here

I came in mid April and observed the usual madness as people paint their shops / restaurants / bars/  hotels  and new places rush to be finished in time for the tourists to come.

Late April / May is the same... the Grand Prix, followed by the President inviting other nation's leaders for talks at his residence here.

A casino has opened in the mountain resort - 40 mins from the airport and 1hr 20 from Sochi centre.

I'm not an 'expert' on the tourist market here... My impression is that Sochi relies on capturing Russian tourists - as not many foreigners come. There's plenty of Theatres, Tours, funfairs, etc.,

Sochi now has Crimea as a 'competitor' - it has better beaches - Sochi's are stoney - but  - for now - Sochi's facilities / infrastructure are superior.

Hotels range from '6' star - where heads of state stay during conferences down to pensions and guest houses or rooms in apartments that people rent out.

The Summer Season ends in late Sept / early October... This year, Sochi will b a host city for the Confederations Cups - a mini World Football Cup 'trial run' and next year, the World Cup.

The Grand Prix doesn't attract many foreigners - mainly because of their being no direct flights (UK) and so few from other w.nations.   I expect there'll be charters for the World Cup - where a ticket will act as a Visa.

We like living here because of the climate, sea and mountains nearby.  Sochi is on the same latitude as Nice / Monaco.

Photos ?

Here's a link to Booking.com ( Sochi accommodation)
https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?si=ai%2Cco%2Cci%2Cre%2Cdi;ss=Sochi;label=opensearch-plugin


We know most of the hotels / apartments  I would use the Brevis - if seeking an apartment  - it is located in a district with lots of the big brand, top end hotels - close to the sea port and restaurants

The best-seller - the Zhemchuzhina ( Pearl ) is a former Soviet-style hotel, that is being slowly adapted to the 21st Century - it hosts a lot of expos  - like the beer festival :)


Adler: is the city to the south - 28km - where the Olympic Park, airport and F1 track are located  - it is part of Greater or Bolshoi Sochi .. It has the biggest funfair  - but it is too modern for my taste. The border with 'Abkhazia' - the unrecognised ( by the west ) breakaway rep. of Georgia is here.

http://tinyurl.com/l5cfwuc

Krasnaya Polyana:

Part of Adler district - this is the name of a small town that has a modern 'sister' Rosa Khutur ( sounds like Rosa Hooter ) that forms the mountain resort

http://tinyurl.com/krasnaya-p

Our fav is:

http://tinyurl.com/old-boys-GH

It has a brewery, fragrances and soaps factory/ shop - fantastic food , great walks and a Russian Banya nearby

A lot of these places are mentioned in my TRs