Sochi was once great and prestige place to spend a vacation in USSR. my wife's dad lives there and we decided to fly to Sochi with our kids for some family reunion, thanks to Orenair which opened...
Sochi was once great and prestige place to spend a vacation in USSR. my wife's dad lives there and we decided to fly to Sochi with our kids for some family reunion, thanks to Orenair which opened route from Almaty to Sochi. A four and a half hour flight brought us to Sochi. I'll be frank with you I don't realy like resorts for abundance of hotels and palms, i get bored there easily and Sochi wasn't an exclusion.
Don't get me wrong I grew up in soveit times too, but when I left Sochi Thinking "I'd rather go to Turkey or elsewhere" but I was shocked of very poor level of service there. Turkey's resorts went far ahead of what I saw and experienced in Sochi. Russia shot impressive millions of dollars into Sochi's vein as investment towards upcoming Winter Olympics. To me the money will be a waste if Russia won't change it's approach to service. Most people who serve are rude and indifferent. You can see that although USSR had collapsed the soviet mentality is still in their minds. Everything is expensive and pricy. This made me appreciate Almaty's prices and culture pretty much.
The Black see is great though and the weather too. We took a day bustrip to Abkhazia via some tourist agency. The climate in Abkhazia is close to subtropical, mountains, the sea and air are adorable. You could almost call it Paradize if not for prints of war that rolled through Abkhazia about 20 years ago. Everywhere you witnessing burned and destroyed houses, farms. Empty buildings, poor roads. I didn't see a lot of men as almost everybody went to work to Russia during the summer. Abkhazia boasts of four Russian military bases represented in the country but I couldn't help my self thinking "why doesn't Russia help to rebuild Abkhazia? Why would you show tourists empty country and a struggling nation?"
I wished luck to the people of Sochi and they'll need it.