Savannah Grace

Belarus Photo Essay

Belarus has been on my radar ever since 2016 when we travelled from Ukraine into Poland. At the time we had hoped to visit Belarus but the visa etc was too difficult for us to incorporate into our travels. Ten years later, Mom and I finally were able to enter Belarus, one of the very last countries I hadn’t visited in Europe. I now only have Iceland, Kosovo and Cyprus left to discover!

Belarus was one of the countries in Europe that’s beauty caught me by surprise. I had expected it to be a very square block and even harsh country. Boy was I wrong! The people we met were extremely friendly and willing to help us.

It’s always a bit nerve wracking to enter a country that doesn’t speak your language and even has a different ALPHABET. This didn’t stop us from having a fabulous time and we actually ended interacting with the locals MORE because of it. Minsk is one of the nicest capital cities all-round with very wide, modern and CLEAN streets.

The Unesco sites we visited in the country were so beautiful, it’s crazy to think I’d never even heard of them prior to this trip. But it certainly wasn’t lacking attention, as it seemed every domestic and Russian tourist in the area was there too. 14001827_644941335668323_1494055849_o

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Love the way they are covering up the cold grey apartment complexes .

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A beautiful church we passed by.

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Nesvizh Castle was a residential castle of the Radziwiłł family in Nesvizh, Belarus since 1533. it is now a Unesco site.

Nesvizh Castle

During the invasion of Poland in 1939, The Radziwiłł family was expelled by the Red Army.

Nesvizh Castle

Nesvizh Castle Complex

Nesvizh Castle

Inside the castle was very beautiful and busy. Nesvizh Castle

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Enjoying the country of Belarus.

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A drive through the countryside.

Rural Belarus.

Rural Belarus.

Taking a little detour. Belarus

Taking a little detour while we looked for Unesco sites.

Very large intersections in Minsk.

Very large intersections in Minsk.

The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum

The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum

Belarusian circus building

Belarusian circus building.

tree lined roads, Belarus

Beautiful tree lined roads throughout the country.

fisherman in Minsk.

Maggie watching the fisherman in Minsk.

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Mir Castle Complex i

Mir Castle Complex is a Unseco site.

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Inside the Mir Castle compound.

Gardens in the centre of Minsk.

Gardens in the centre of Minsk.

Belarus is a bit trickier to get into than other parts of Europe because a visa is required but in my opinion, if you want to see something off the beaten path, Belarus is well worth the effort!!!

Savannah

Stay tuned for more #FridayFotos. Next week is  Denmark.

View more photos of Belarus here.

For more of my travel photography, check out my Instagram account! See you there!

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    • Hahah, yeah, it’s a pain that you haev to get a visa, but it actually wasn’t SO bad, especially for the two day transit. We felt it was well worth it. I was going to post a blog about crossing into Belarus with a car and getting the visa. We got it in about 15 mins in Helsinki, paid to have it done express. Normally I think it would take two days.

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