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Where is Sochi?
Sochi is located in Krasnodar, the third largest region in Russia, and home to 400,000 people. It is considered Russia's largest and most popular resort region, often referred to as the "Russian Riviera" (USSA, 2013). The city is located on the shores of the Black Sea with the Caucasus Mountains just 30 miles away. These mountains are over 7,000 feet high and make a perfect destination for the Winter Games!
Sochi is filled with beautiful terrain and many protected natural zones including: the Caucasian National Biosphere Reserve, Sochi National Park, and the Russian Federation National Wildlife Sanctuary. Because there are no industrial facilities in Sochi, the air quality is said to be among the best in the world! (USSA, 2013)
Places to Visit
Arboretum: Sochi's arboretum is filled with more than 1,500 species of plants, trees, and shrubs including an array of palms.
Mayak: Relax at this water park filled with pools, water slides, and bars!
Art Museum: Sochi's art museum contains both traveling and permanent collections and is housed in a building that is artwork in itself! (Lonely Planet, 2013)
There are an array of restaurants in Sochi ranging from Italian to Japanese to traditional Russian. Visit Natasha's to try khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread), kharcho (rice with beef or lamb soup), or chanakhi (spicy meat stew in a clay pot). Or, try out Turetskaya Kukhnya for delicious kebabs and salads. Hungry for Italian? Visit La Pizzeria for delicious Italian pizzas and pastas. Feeling sushi? Try out Yapona Mama for Japanese cuisine including sushi and tempura. (Lonely Planet, 2013)
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