This is a picture of the seacoast close to where I am currently working. I am not at the seacoast and not living in such luxury. The place we are staying and working is a local church and it is in the city of Sochi and not on the coast. It is just another big city in Russia and the church building, although nice, is nothing to write home about.
Let me tell you a little about this city… Sochi is the southern capital of Russia. If you traveled in Russia a lot and visited St.Petersburg, Moscow, Golden Ring and want to learn about Russia something new, then go to Sochi! Sochi is the modern resort where Russian elite is aspiring for many years. And today Sochi is one of the attractive destinations for international business tourism. Sochi is the host city for Winter Olympic Games in 2014. That was the decision announced on the 4th of July in Guatemala. The vote went to the 2nd round and Sochi eventually came through after Salzburg was eliminated in the first round, followed by Pyeongchang in the second.
Set in a spectacular location, on the coast of the Black Sea and at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia, Sochi is the largest resort region of the Russian Federation. It stretches for 147 km along the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar region and includes the Krasnaya Polyana mountain resort area. Krasnaya Polyana mountains have great snow conditions and are largely protected from the wind. These unique conditions cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. Sochi stretches along the Black Sea coast approximately on the same latitude as Varna (Bulgary), Boston (USA), Toronto (Canada), Sapporo (Japan), Shenyang (China) and the famous French Riviera.
300 sunny days a year make Sochi one of the warmest cities in the Black Sea coast. Winter is hardly known here. That is why Sochi is called the city of three seasons (Spring-Summer-Autumn). Sochi has a unique northern subtropical climate. It is one of the very few places in the world that offers you the opportunity to get a beautiful sun tan in the morning and go skiing in the afternoon. You can swim in the sea from April until October, and go skiing from October through May.
Sochi offers you exquisite Caucasian and Russian cuisine, hospitality of native inhabitants, warm sea, palms and glaciers, alpine meadows and mountain peaks, high mountainous lakes and waterfalls uniting with good infrastructure and European service. Probably because of that the President of Russian Federation has one of his official residences in Sochi where he spends his holidays and organizes international summits.