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The Primorskiy Aquarium

The jewel in the crown of Vladivostok


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The Primorskiy Aquarium is by far the best facility of its kind that I have seen ANYWHERE in the world. It truly is magnificent.

It is the third-largest aquarium complex in the world with a total interior space of 37,000m2.

The aquarium sits on Russky Island in beautifully manicured grounds with the main building designed to look like a slightly open mollusc shell.

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Inside the place is just as impressive, with massive tanks and beautifully created exhibits. There is even a tropical rain forest hall!

The immaculate cleanliness of the whole place really stands out. Everything is spotless, not one hint of unwanted algae in any of the tanks - which is no mean feat and a huge statement to the way the place is run.

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In addition to the displays, 3D holograms, animated models, tanks etc. the aquarium features a 'dolphinarium' within an 800-seat auditorium where we watched the most amazing shows with a mixture of awe and immense sadness (that such animals are in captivity). Two Beluga, 4 Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins and a Walrus trained to the highest levels.

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Beluga Show
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Bottlenose Dolphins
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Walrus
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I cannot recommend a visit highly enough but allow at least half a day. It is massive.

Posted by stevecrownz 05:11 Archived in Russia Tagged animals dolphin vladivostok beluga russky_island primorskiy_aquarium walrus Comments (0)

Vladivostok

Russia's Capital in the East


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We have been here in Vladivostok for nearly a week, much of that time making last minute preparations for the trip west. These have ranged from John running around like a headless chicken while peeling off wads of US dollars to get his bike cleared and off the docks, to me going into Intimo underwear shop to get some briefs as all my luggage is in the container with the bikes (which is 3-days late) and there really is only 4 ways to wear one pair of underwear without repeating , to David spending $40 on shaving foam (ouch), to getting adapters, cables etc.

By the time we all arrived at out hotel, the Hotel Primorye my little brother David had already snagged the good bed in our suite and left me with the pull out couch thingy. There is so little respect of the elders these days.

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His lordship David Crow's palatial suite at the Primorye
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Steve Crow's humble abode at the same establishment.

After I (sort of) forgave him, David and I headed out for dinner at the aptly names Brothers Bar & Grill just around the corner. Really nice place with probably the most expensive New York steak in town (about NZ$50).

After we seated the manager comes over and asks if we would like a hooker?

We were stunned to say the least.

Then we realised he meant hookah and we politely declined. Our new saying "Welcome to Russia" was born.

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent site-seeing. The weather, apparently typical for summer, sees a lot of sea fog and overcast skies with temperatures in the teens to low 20's. Taxis (Maxims) are fantastically cheap so we kept the drivers for long-periods and got taken all over the place, including down to the end of Russky Island to the south of the city of Vladivostok. This involves a trip over the magnificent Russky Bridge which connects the Russky Island and the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula sections of the city across the Eastern Bosphorus strait. With an overall length of 1,885m and central span of 1,104 metres it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It apparently cost US$1.1 billion (that's with a 'B') to build and has an impressive 70m of vertical clearance.

Unfortunately sea fog prevented us getting any good shots of the bridge.

Following is an assortment of images from around Vladivostok.

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Russky Island

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Posted by stevecrownz 01:05 Archived in Russia Tagged beaches bridges buildings skylines birds boats crow bmw russia vladivostok as_the_crow_flies 1200gsa russky_island Comments (0)

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