Travel notes:


We drove to Abkhazia out of boredom, one might say just “for show.” At the end of 2020, after a ban on mass events and restrictions on the operation of restaurants during the January holidays was introduced in Moscow amid the pandemic, the capital became crowded and dull. We went to Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana for a month, taking with us a Rolls-Royce, an off-road pickup truck with luggage and snowboards, and two drivers.

Considering that upon arrival in the capital of the republic, Sukhum, it turned out that a “lockdown” regime had been introduced there, with establishments completely closed, the trip turned out to be, to put it mildly, boring. We only managed to see the empty main square and eat some good tangerines along the way. The idea was to take with us a local street dog as a trophy, which followed us and almost jumped into the car, but this action seemed somewhat absurd even as a border crossing in the opposite direction and we returned light.

In general, fans of Abkhazia say that it’s cool there. Mountains, caves, gorges, lakes, waterfalls, ancient temples and fortresses. This is Lake Ritsa, the New Athos Monastery, Blue Lake, the Gagripsh restaurant, Stalin’s houses and dachas. Judging by the photos on the Internet, it’s really beautiful. We looked at this - zero.

I note that Abkhazia is recognized by only 5 of the 193 UN member states and it is definitely sad that it is not possible to drive a car through it to Georgia, which would be very convenient. It’s sad when any conflicts or disputes put a stop to the development and potential of the state.