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Zenkov Cathedral  

Zenkov Cathedral

one of the few surviving tsarist-era buildings.
Best city in Central Asia?

December 11th 2013
Let me know if you agree... Beautiful architecture, nice cafes and fancy restaurants, lots of parks, elegant women, the opera and people who love French literature... Almaty is a great city! I left my bike in Bishkek and crossed the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border to spend 4 days in Almaty. I hadn’t planned on visiting Kazakhstan on this trip. It’s such a huge country, I thought I would eventually make ... read more
Asia » Kazakhstan » East Kazakhstan » Almaty

Kazakhstani Flag Native Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated into the region in the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. D... ... read more
12th December 2013

What a contrast!
After reading of your high mountain, bike adventures, what a surprise to see this blog! The city looks gorgeous, and I loved your sophisticated little seatmate at the opera. Impressive that they know so much of us, but I'd never heard of this wonderful city.
13th December 2013

Maybe I liked Almaty so much because I had been on my bike for so long...
it was great to get a in a proper city, and enjoy a taste of home

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