The last city founded by the Russian Empire, Murmansk has long been an important ice-free naval and commercial shipping port. The smoke stacks, port cranes, and Soviet-era architecture are unappealing, but the natural surroundings draw visitors to ski and snowmobile in winter, and in summer to fish the thousands of lakes and rivers, and party away the long, light nights.
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Travel Through the Former USSR in the Footsteps of This Literary Power Couple
The former USSR attracted a steady stream of artists and writers from the West who were keen to find out what life there was really like. French luminaries Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were no exception, and traveled extensively throughout the region. Follow in their footsteps with this country-by-country itinerary.
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