Resorts of Turkey, the beaches of Taiwan, the islands of Greece and even Paris with its Eiffel Tower, pales before the Solovetsky Islands. Solovki - a mysterious world, full of colors and a kind of extraterrestrial fascination.
In this world, with its flying in the sky islands (and you believe that the island and actually fly, and this is not a mirage), with clear lakes (of which you can drink boiled water!), Seals, lazily rocking on the waves and not pay no attention to the camera shutter snapping tourists, there is no place bustle of modern society. At Solovki should forget about the TV sets, computers and mobile phones.
On the way to Kem
Only you and eternity. Huge boulders, through which cold rolling waves of the White Sea, gulls, dive to the ship in anticipation of the next portion of food, cloudberry, blushing in the haired reindeer moss, low sky, changing its shape every five minutes ...
Shore of the White Sea
Not enough? And the old monastery with quincentennial history, pot-bellied guard towers, connected well very impressive fortress wall (Chinese replica rests), boats and yachts, to hide from the storm in the Bay of well-being. And total immersion in the depths of history.
British shipsunsuccessfully attacked the monastery during the Crimean War, That Peter is building a church on the Big Island Zayatsky and blesses it St. Andrew's flag. Here archers, deceit penetrated through the secret gates, tortured monks who refused to recognize the reforms of Patriarch Nikon. And black pages SLON (Solovki prison camp), and heroic - the school apprentices.
Church of St. Andrew
And the lake, suddenly turned into the early twenties of the last century from the Great White at Big Red. Once the White Sea have not renamed. Church -Sekirnoy lighthouse on the hill. It is possible, it turns out to combine the issues of religion and the safety of navigation at sea. The whales, beluga whales, though not huge, but the whales.