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Soviet feelings...

It was a long long time I wanted to visit Belarus, which is quite an unknown and unusual country in Europe. After the fall of the Berlin wall, of the Soviet Union and of the communist regimes throughout Europe, one only country in the old continent seems to be stuck at the "good old times", and that is Belarus. And the best place to start my Belarusian trip was of course its capital city, Minsk.
Minsk is a big city, almost 2 million people live here, and it was was almost totaly obliterated during WWII, similar fate of the not so far away Warszawa. Unfortunately Minsk was not rebuilt like the old town of the Polish capital, but in a typical Soviet style: huge boulevards, all perpendicular to the other, huge classicist or funtionalistic buildings in the centre, huge blocks of apartments in the close outskirts. Yeah, there's some little memory of old Minsk, but they are just few rebuilt houses by the river Svislač.
By the way Minsk is a very interesting place and it has some very nice parts as well, a lively nightlife and very nice and friendly people. Yet the militia is everywhere, as well as army people, red stars, hammers and sickles and so on... time seems to have stopped in Lukashenkaland...

  • Last visit to Minsk: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Nov 7, 2007
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Ciao and hello form USA. You have presented a wonderful setting with pictures and comments of this city that has such deep culture. Good -bueno

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    Great page and tips!! I just bought tickets to Minsk:)

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2009 at 5:11 AM

    It's the first time I'm visiting a page of Minsk/Belarus and I loved your pics and tips. Hope to see Minsk one day. Cheers, Pinar from Turkey

  • Feb 25, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    I agree with you that Minsk is safe but having lived there for a number of years I can say that Lukashenko is not unpopular with people in Minsk and especially the whole of the country. You probably just mixed with the minority who are against him.

  • Nov 4, 2008 at 4:44 AM

    beautiful pictures!!! I am wondering about 50-60 yr. old belar women. Do they seem faithful? cheap? Are they gold diggers? Do they have many boyfriends? do they take relationships serious? What kind of people are they? reply boczkuschristopher48@gmail.com

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2008 at 7:55 AM

    excellent page Carlo, hope you enjoyed your trip.

  • sunshine9689's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Loved your page, Carlo. :)

  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Ciao friend! Very good quality page with useful information. I remembered Minsk very well because of it. I think I would like to return to see more nice places.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Carlo, fantastic page with very useful info and brilliant photos of this fascinating city. Belarus is still very high ranked on my Must Vist list. I hope to tick it off next year. Keep up the good work.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Bon jorno, Carlo! Thanks for your detailed and inspired description!

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