Sunday, 12 September 2010

Sochi, Russia

During the past few months I've noticed that there are more and more Russian members on Postcrossing. I don't mind in the slightest - Russian postcards and stamps are amongst my favourites. This postcard comes from a swap with Yulia.

Here you can see Krasnaya Poliana (Red Glade) in summer - the place where Winter Olympic Games will be held in 2014. Now Red Glade is a winter resort, popular among Russians.

Sochi is a resort city, situated in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, just north of the border of the disputed territory of Abkhazia (largely recognised as part of the Republic of Georgia), and the southern Russian border fronting the Black Sea. It sprawls along the shores of the Black Sea and against the background of the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. At 145 km (90 mi), Greater Sochi claims to be the longest city in Europe. As of the 2002 Census, it had a population of 328,809.

On a sidenote, I wish I could understand Russian; most of the back of the card is covered with text but it's all in Russian. :(

The card came in an envelope with another card. The big stamp was issued earlier this year and commemorates the birth centenary of V.S. Grizodubova. The smaller stamps are all various definitives.

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