A few days ago we had the chance to visit the city of Vyborg that lies close to the Finnish-Russian border. The city was actually Finnish until it was ceded to the Soviet Union after World War II. The city, although home to over 80,000 residents, felt like a small town. During our visit we got to see a medieval castle, the ruins of catholic monasteries, and the view of the city from a tower in the castle. Here are a few pictures to show what the trip was like:
A Russian Orthodox Church. We got to go inside and hear some of the service.
A Statue of Lenin. There are random statues and faces of him almost everywhere.
I thought this was some funny graffiti, it reads "Give me Power Crash my weakness," an almost poetic quote that also features a perplexed cat looking on. I think graffiti here is generally of better quality than it is back home. (That cat is just so surprised)
A crane working at the dock. The waters and lands as far away as you can see might be Finnish territory.
Here is the old watch tower that's stood in the city from its beginnings.
The castle that was used by Swedish forces in the 18th century to defend against Russian forces. Tsar Peter the Great finally captured the fortress after a long war between Russia and Sweden.
Ruins of a Catholic monastery in the city.
A funny car sitting beside an abandoned wall. I think this is a really Russian photo.