Kazakhstan is one of the countries which used to be part of the Soviet Union.
Now Kazakhstan is an independent state which is still a member of the CIS. Astana
is its Capital but Alma Ata is by far the largest city and the former Capital.
Alma Ata is a modern city but it still inherited a lot of the Soviet history.
In the vicinity of the city there is a lot to see.
On one of my walks in this vicinity I walked from Budakovka through the mountains to the Medeo skating ring.
|Budakovka, a small town just a few kilometres from Alma Ata. You can make a nice mountainwalk from here.|
|Almaty as seen from Budakovka|
|Also the Almaty river.|
|You can click this image to few a larger image of the river..|
A nice field of wild Delphiniums with me in the back.
|Cow for lunch? Cows are just walking on the streets and also in between terraces.|
|The Medeo skating ring. Nowadays during summer no skating is possible.. due to lack of money for cooling..|
For example the mountains where you can find some marmots.
|A picture of some of the Geraniums whole mountains are covered with. Click it ito see a larger photo..|
|A picture of Lake Alma Ata. Click it to get a 1024*768 version usable as wallpaper.. It was a real nice surrounding to walk thourh the mountains and around the lake.|
|The same lake with another viewpoint. Check the mountains in the back covered with eternal snow..|
|Our driver is washing vegetables for the lunch. You can see a pipeline which comes from the mountain stream on the other side of the small valley..|
|This van which brought us here also contained a good lunch at a beautifull scenery.|
|The pinetrees growing here|
|A marmot on the mountain near Lake Alma Ata|
|If you ever want to have dinner in the city of Almaty I would suggest you to go to the Tropicana restaurant. Which gives dinner shows almost every night.|
|A team of beautifull russian dancers (male and female) will entertain you during dinner with a show like you will see in the Moulin Rouge/ Folies bergeres and Lido in Paris.|
|Don't you agree that dinner tastes better if you are entertained as well?|
|Just one more..|
|Besides the dancers, the beer and food was very good as well for only about 25 us$, you will have a great evening here.|