Dear Readers, I would love to show you not only beautiful views of Lake Baikal, tell you about how to get here ahd there. I also would love to introduce you beautiful people from the area of Lake Baikal. These people live their lives here, love their families, love what they do and love Baikal. Today I would like to introduce Nikita and Natalia Bencharovs.
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Snowdrops and Lake Baikal in spring. Photo by Vladimir Tumentsev. More spring photographs on the Ask Lake Baikal facebook page.
Lonely Planet has its opinion on everything. For instance, it offers to consider its top 10 highlights for Lake Baikal. Here are some of them:
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Spring at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Andrei Sobetov.
Lake Baikal is beautiful and interesting to visit in any season! No doubts. Check the following information, videos and photographs.
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Baikal Business Center Hotel. Photo by Tsvik Ilya.
Here is the list of pretty good hotels located in Irkutsk near Lake Baikal and recommended by USA Today’s Travel Tips. Right, they are not cheap, but pretty good to stay and spend time :)
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Autumn comes to Lake Baikal in mid August and lasts until late September. During these autumn days, the lake releases its warmth accumulated in hot summer days, and thus maintains a special microclimate on its shores with sunny and warm weather during the days and chilly nights.
Autumn at Lake Baikal is perfect for your visit to this sacred lake, should you be willing to enjoy solitary and meditative holidays away from city hustle and bustle. Indian summer in late September, that colours forests in bright yellow and red, is attractive for artists and photographers who intent to get beautiful pictures and paintings of the local nature. Multicolored mixed forest at Peshanaya Bay and Chivyrkuy Bay, bright-yellow deciduous forest of the Small Sea shores are especially beautiful in late autumn.
Read more and see more Vasiliy Maslyukov’s photographs of Lake Baikal in autumn. Read more »
Nothing happens without a reason. Some years ago an Italian friend of mine intended to launch a joint business project with participation of specialists from Irkutsk and Italy, and some initial plans were developed, however, due to various reasons, the project has never commenced.
About 1 000 Italians worked at the Circum-Baikal Railway construction
One day, while preparing the project, I realized that if an Italian delegation comes to Irkutsk, they would definitely ask me if there were any historical ties between Italy and Irkutsk, and I wanted to find such information. About a week passed without any attempt on my side to search for the information, but the Universe was helpful as always – in a local magazine I came across an interesting article about Italians in Irkutsk. And it encouraged me to search for more information.
So, here are some facts of incredible and often extreme adventures of Italians in Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal. This historical information is limited, and I realize that a deeper research demands time. It would be good to learn more about these historical facts, as many questions arise, and I hope that you can help me to find out more facts, and we can get a better coverage of this topic together.
The story began at the end of the XIX century. Read more »
Dear, Lake Baikal admirers!
The blog dedicated to the biggest Russian lake Baikal is officially launched since now! Forward your questions about the area via the contact form, and I will come back to you with so much wanted answers. Some of my replies (privacy is guaranteed) will be published on the web site.