Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Murmansk, Russia

I really dont know why, but I always have this problem of accepting that Russia DOES have lighthouses indeed...and very beautiful ones...

And this one in Murmansk is particularly interesting...well, maybe not the lighthouse itself, but the position of Murmansk...it is located in the extreme north-west part of Russia, on the Kola Bay...and you know that I get a special heart-beat for those places which are located at some extreme point on earth.
The port remains ice-free year round due to the warm North Atlantic drift ocean current, and it is set to be the Russian terminus of the Arctic Bridge (or Arctic Sea Bridge), a sea route linking it to the Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba.

and some brrr temperatures.....the average highest temperature in July reaches only 17.2 degrees Celsius...ok, I prefer colder weather than our unbearable summers, but I dont think I could live long in a place where during the year, the temperature is either below or around zero...uhmm...what was that about me wanting to live in Norway?!.....Maybe I should give it a second thought :)
Im not sure though what was the situation in Murmansk this summer, when Russia was caught in that awful heat-wave..


and some nice Russian stamps...the small one is one of the Russian definitives issued in 2008 in a set of 15 stamps, this one representing a Fox....the other two stamps were issued this year...the green one on the left comes from a set of 4 stamps showing costumes, while the other one is also from a set of 4 stamps, showing WWII weapons.

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