Thursday, 1 January 2009

Honeymoon Highlights IV: Listvyanka

We caught the somewhat-rickety bus from Irkutsk to the little town of Listvyanka, on the shores of Lake Baikal. Listvyanka's architecture is a strange mixture of picturesque (and often ramshackle) wooden houses, juxtaposed with new hotel developments.

The sea front. We never saw any of these boats actually move, but then it was a bit stormy most of the time we were there.

This market had four or five rows of tiny stalls, all selling only omul - the local fish. Tucked away in one corner was a small tourist/souvenier stall, which looked terribly out of place amongst all the fish.

This style of house, brightly coloured with pretty shutters, was typical of the area (although many had more faded paint). I particularly enjoyed the ratio of house to satellite dish here.

One of the new developments facing the sea. It's clearly trying to be a Disney castle, but clashes unbelievably with the traditional local style.


Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful sights with me.

Kazzy said...

Looks so interesting, but sad. Is that how you felt about it?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jeanne - glad you're enjoying the pics, there are more on the way :)

Kazzy - most of Siberia feels sad, in a sense of being a bit run down, and the new building work was definitely geared towards the tourists rather than the locals. A lot of places I visit seem to be on the cusp of 'developing' and you wonder how long the traditional ways of life will go on for... it really makes me think.

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