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Last summer my friend Lio (it's her nickname, of course) and I travelled to Karelia, a Northern Russian republic famous for the beauty of its nature. I'd been dreaming of going there for years, so I didn't even think twice when Lio suggested spending our vacation there. We purchased a one-week tour for the first week of August. I still have mixed feelings about the tour: on the one hand, we had a really good guide and visited a number of sites in Karelia; on the other hand, we only got 1-2 days at each location, and to say it was too little would be a gross understatement. But at least, now we know what places are worth revisiting and staying for longer.

The place I've been longing for ever since returning is the Solovetsky Islands (Solovki) - an archipelago located in the White Sea. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site most famous for the ancient Solovetsky Monastery. It was also the site of the infamous Solovki prison camp from 1926 to 1939.

And it's also a very, very beautiful and tranquil place. We only stayed on the Bolshoy Solovetsky Island for 1.5 days, and only saw a small part of it, but on our only evening there I was lucky to take pictures of a stunningly beautiful cloudless sunset.

The unusually calm White Sea:

I really, really hope I'll find a way to go there for two or three weeks this summer.
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