Patti and I had one very great, and one very grand day today, Sunday, the 31st of March.
During the four months that I was alone on this trip (from October the 16th, 2018, when I flew South from Anchorage, Alaska, to Seattle, Washington, until we met-up-in Seoul, South Korea on February the 11th, 2019) I was busily accumulating a ‘zillion memories of things that I was seeing and doing that I wanted to share with Patti ‘some day’.
It has taken the two of us (Patti arrived here in Irkutsk on Friday the 22nd of February) just over five full weeks to experience the one most special thing / activity here in Irkutsk that I have been wanting to share with Patti.
Allows us to present to you :
THE 130th QUARTER OF IRKUTSK
The 130th Quarter is a mega-development consisting of restaurants, pubs, museums, and an enormous shopping mall.
Карта 130-го квартала (The map of 130th quarter)
The Shopping Mall within The 130th Quarter (130 KVARTAL) simply calls itself :
МОДНЫЫЙ КВАРТАΛ (FASHION QUARTER)
We begin our walk into The 130th Quarter (130-го квартала) with a hello to BABR (БАБР). BABR is the symbol of Irkutsk, Russia. BABR is a mythological monster.
Let’s all have a little fun here. Check out the below link to learn about BABR :
Having said hello to Babr we’ll begin our walk into The 130th Quarter (130-го квартала).
First up is HARAT’S (IRISH) PUB.
Past Harat’s Pub and on we stroll.
You can see by looking in the distance in the below photo that it is quite a walk
There is much to see and to do in The 130th Quarter. Below was our favorite of the street musicians. They touched our hearts.
Shashlykoff is one of my favorite restaurants with properties in many Siberian Cities. I’ve enjoyed meals with them in Kraknoyarsk and Novosibirsk and with Patti in Yakutsk. Next on my list is the one below here in Irkutsk.
The Russian word for Restaurant is spelled РЕСТОРАН (it sounds out as Restoran). БАР means BAR.
As many times as I’ve walked through The 130th Quarter, it took Patti to spy the below Pigeon Hotel.
We also love Irkusk and The 130th Quarter. In the background below is the Shopping Mall known as THE FASHION QUARTER (МОДНЫЫЙ КВАРТАΛ).
Take a deep breath, now hold it ..
Last November the 1st or 2nd, 2018, the first time that I saw what you are all about to see, I WAS STUNNED.
Keep in mind that we are deep in the heart of Russian Siberia.
Now, after five some months here, after visiting four other major cities in Russian Siberia (Kyuzyl, Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibisk) I am no longer able to accurately remember just what I was expecting Russian Siberia to look like as I stepped down in Irkutsk on Monday the 29th of October 2018.
I was NOT expecting to see anything like what you see below.
Final Disclaimer : What you are about to see may, just possibly, represent 20% of what is housed in the Fashion Quarter Shopping Mall.
THE FASHION QUARTER (МОДНЫЫЙ КВАРТАΛ).
“What’s that you ask ‘Zilla?”
“Don’t they have any stores? Just a water fountain?”
“Ah-h-h yes ‘Zilla. Yes indeed there are a few stores in this mega-mall ‘Zilla!”
“Yes My Dear Patti?”
“I’m hungry and need to rest.”
“What’s that ‘Zilla? Are there any places to eat in here?”
“Shussssh now Gullible!”
By the time Patti and I got home to our wonderful apartment here in Irkutsk, the two of us were exhausted. I did not mention above but we also did a little grocery shopping while we were in the mall.
Getting from our streetcar / tram stop to The 130th Quarter was, in and of itself, a bit of a hike. Luckily there is an absolute plethora of places for visitors to sit and relax.
Hoping you liked our visit as much as we did.
Smiles from Cap and Hugs from Patti
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