18 May 2016
Vladivostok 742 kms travelled = Total 550 kms
Well, today was the Vladivostok sight-seeing day on the agenda. Olga, a multi-talented receptionist, street-musician, marketing proof-writer let herself to be talked around by me to be my tour-guide.
No tours otherwise seem to be available, Vladivostok is not necessarily tourism-focussed.
I got my hands on a little brochure to get some idea what to see, so off we went. Walked I guess at least 10 kms. saw a Farmers’ market – bought some Russian Salami (Contingency Survival food).
Walked into a Naval Headquarters of the Siberian Flotilla – just because the building looked interesting. The Concierge waved us through and I watched a rehearsal of some Russian play, saw one-hundred very moustached-men in Golden Picture frames, all with plenty of gold&silver on their shoulders.
Took a bus to the Chinese Market (thanks for the recommendation Geoff B), took the Funicular – Zahnradbahn, aber ohne Zahnraeder, sondern mit einem Stahlseil und an jedem Ende ein Gefaehrt) up a super-steep hill to the ‘Eagle’s nest’ overlooking Vlad.
Posted some postcards to the family (cheap!) and finally visited the Fortress build in the 1900 century as a defence in the Russian-Japanese war.
I still liked Vladivostok, so remote, busy traffic with lots of one-way streets, but not really hectic. There is a nice pace and people are friendly.
Concluding the day with a meal (my shout) at Druschba (Freundschaft) with a large variety of typical Russian food. The waiter spoke excellent English and I gave him some info regarding a masters in Hospitality (W. Angliss – not RMIT – sorry). Foodwise I tried:
Bortsch – really good! Will seek it out again, which shouldn’t be hard as it is Russian stable food. This one came with side dishes: sour cream, minced tomato with Garlic, a full Garlic clove to be rubbed onto some black bread dipped into the Tomato/Garlic mix. A stick of spring-onion, this one was hot. A red-hot peperoni, and something else – right now forgotten – must have been the Vodka afterwards, or two ….?
I also tried a herring-dish, almost like a cold-cake… I know, doesn’t sound nice and I represent it here very poorly, but again I liked it!
Finally I had some smoked salmon rolled into a noodle-like pastry, there IS a specific name to it. I am certain I will have it again and then add.
So a good day was to be had, I had my fill on Russian food and confirmed my like for so far-away Vladivostok!