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Things to see and do in Sochi, Russia

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On February 7, 2014, Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia. To make your stay a memorable one, here are a few things to help guide you throughout the city.

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About Sochi

Sochi, named the "Russian Riviera," is a city located along the range of the Caucasus Mountains and situated along the coast of the Black Sea. One of the main features of the coastal city are the beautiful pebble and sand beaches. With a sub-tropical climate and temperatures ranging in the upper 70's from June to September, makes it a popular tourist spot among vacationers.

Attractions

One of the most visited attractions is the Dendrary Botanical Garden. The once private collection has grown to more than 1,800 species of trees and bushes, spread over 30 acres. Other attractions within the park include fountains and sculptures, with a pond displaying pelicans and swans. Visitors can ride the cable car up to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the park and Black Sea below.

Joseph Stalin's summer residence can be toured providing visitors a look into Stalin's private life. The residence features a wax statue of Stalin, beautiful architecture, a private pool and furnishings dating back to the era.

The city's Riviera Park is another popular place to visit. The park features a number of art galleries and cafes, and a select number of amusement rides.

There are also plenty of outdoor activiites offered by the state reserve of Krasnaya Polyana. The state reserve is surrounded by the West Caucasus Mountains, making it an ideal location for skiers, snowboarders and heli-skiing.

Getting Around

Visitors will find Sochi an easy city to get around in. Most places in the central part of the city are within walk able distance. Both the Dendrary Botanical Garden and Riviera Park are within easy access from the center of the city. Several bus routes take visitors to the surrounding area for a reasonable fare. The trains run on a regular schedule throughout the region and are very reliable.

Dining

For some fine dining, be sure to check out these restaurants.

The Restaurant Cafe-Brigantina offers some delicious seafood and French cuisine including a variety of pasta dishes and some freshly-baked pastries and ice cream. The restaurant provides a view of the port of Sochi.

Cafe Del Mar City features European, Italian and Mediterranean dishes including a Japanese menu. Don't forget to taste their specialty homemade desserts. The restaurant is open from breakfast to dinner.

If you enjoy Italian cuisine, you have to try the San Marco Cafe. The restaurant features a variety of signature dishes that include salads, meat and fish.

You can visit the website for more information - http://www.travelallrussia.com/sochi/

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