Journey to the Russian island
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"We asked the sailors about how to serve, well, I mean ... Well, sort of ... scary or not, much if ... Well, of course ... But I say, as if no special interest, as it so ...
And they say: Nah, right now, be normal - summer camp, generally fine, finger ... no, not pissing. Here we were - yes ... Then it was, yes ... Sergei, tell me something right now - summer camp. Nah - Just okay ... most importantly, on the Russian island is not there, as well - fine ...
Somehow I just remembered and worried: So, the main thing - do not get on the Russian island, because it is not necessary to get into, but if you will not get there - everything will be fine. But for some reason in the fact that everything will be fine, it is not very hard to believe ...
We came to Vladivostok in the early morning, it was still quite dark, and mist hung in the air ... not even the fog, as it were, a little rain, but so small, and which does not fall, and literally hangs in the air. He was surprisingly illuminated by searchlights station and the port, which in Vladivostok next, and terribly cold. But I never had to see Vladivostok in the afternoon, three hours later I was taken by boat to the island of Russian. "
It was an excerpt from the play Eugene Grishkovtsa "How I ate a dog." Until then, I had heard nothing about the Russian island, and then, too. And somehow I forgot all about it until I came to Vladivostok. And when Vadim said - we went to the Russian island, swim, sexually mussels and see the forts, I somehow tensed. On the Russian island? What for? There also seem to get is not worth ... Since then I have visited the island twice. It is said that a fort number 9, known as "Fort Prince Rurik" open incredibly beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands. Just lovely sight. But both times I was not lucky. I came to the most unsuitable weather
I am neutral on all fortifications, and usually not in awe of their views. But then I properlo. Far away on the island, some 1910 years, without any concrete pumps Automotive and cranes Liebherr, in just six years, managed to build such a brilliant large-scale fortifications. In difficult to estimate the size of the fortress overgrown grass on photos, you need to come in person, take a flashlight and go down into the dungeon. These fortifications are among the most powerful maritime fortresses in the world. And they were created exclusively Russian military engineers, builders, soldiers and combat engineers. In short, this is not huhry-muhry. This Russian island.
Forts of Vladivostok Fortress project in 1910 - the last built of such facilities in the world. Despite all their power and impressiveness, millions allocated for construction of facilities and for years, it will take on their construction, these forts never had to break out the fire on enemy troops. Fortress has repeatedly saved Primorje from attacks of enemies - rescued by their presence. Guide opponents armies understood clearly: go for confrontation with forts - certain death, even for the most numerous troops.
Giant Fort Prince Rurik with a great military capability had suffered the same fate as most of the objects of Vladivostok fortress - today it is abandoned, gradually being destroyed because of the invasions of the Vandals and the inexorable passage of time. Of all living things, we met only the impressive size of wasp hive.
Endless shooting gallery parapets and artillery barbettes replaced havens obscure and underground passages. Everywhere it was damp and despair. Especially looking terribly flooded stairs, leaving a dense dark muddy water. Vadim walked through the dark galleries at home:
- Oh, here we come - he pointed out a dim flashlight phone down somewhere, somewhere very far down, from whence not even the echo returned. - There's more to begin countermine gallery ...
We had a whole crowd of people, and we were with flashlights. On the street there was a day, even cloudy. But I was not alone. We have long been going down, and it was quite cold. So cold that steam went mouth. Climbing in three deaths in cramped and dark tunnel, I said to myself that I'd better has climbed to the highest reeling crane than become caver.
fortifications were built with all the achievements of fortification science at that time. They are well written in the rugged terrain, which significantly increases their combat capabilities. Quality and durability constructed facilities and their subsequent modernization enabled to retain its value for decades. It was one of the reasons why the Japanese government did not dare to enter the war on the side of Nazi Germany.
The island is part of the Russian administration of Vladivostok. Before the construction of the bridge of the same name, to get to the island could only "parahod", that is by ferry. This phenomenon was both a plus and a minus.
August 1, 1012 was opened to vehicular traffic on the Russian bridge. It is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Russia. It connects the peninsula with the Cape Nazimova Novosilsky on the island of Russian.
Construction began September 3, 2008 in the framework of the city program of preparation for the APEC summit in 2012.
Russian bridge - the longest on the bridge span in the world among cable-stayed bridges. Its main span more than a kilometer (1104 meters) and the total length with racks is more than three kilometers.
How big is the Russian bridge is as great a contrast of roads on the island. Posh quad motorway ends green garbage cans, where right away dusty grader called "American".
"American" - a very scenic route, but only if you have air conditioning in the car. The sun's rays, bud through the fog, made their way through the clouds of dust, focusing aerial perspective.
On the island of Russian, as well as on the spit, you can meet the animals of lazy that instead of hunting, begging from tourists. Let me remind you once again - you can not feed wild animals.
We turned towards the bay and the road is really messed up. Gently probing Bleyzer bottom of another huge puddles, it seemed to me that I make a feat. In parallel, we left roaring engine Kruzak right-hand drive, but rather Lexus. Before a large muddy puddle of it were two young girls to evaluate the depth of the water and turned to us with a question: - And then all the way there?
- Must be - I said uncertainly - and you do not know where you are going?
- And we are sailing for you - you are so confident Prete.
Eventually we began to go down to the water. I have imagined the incredible beauty of wild beach, palm trees (although some on the Russian island of palm trees?), Stretching to the horizon, white sand and the endless sea ... Only once got stuck in the mud, here we are such good fellows, made their way through all the obstacles and windbreaks, and we came to this beauty, which in splendid isolation will swim in the warm sea ...
But it was not there! For whom the feat, and for whom routine. What was my surprise to see on the beach puzoterki usual, but in such numbers. The bay was not crowded!
The beach was quite noisy, so we decided to camp a little farther. With the advent of the night Sandy Bay looked like a beach in Hurghada. We heard all the same at random boomy bass TTC-TTC-TTC, drunken shouts and flying in the sky lanterns.
Dawn over the Pacific Ocean.