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The Paris of Siberia, According to Chekov

by Marianna Jamadi

While on a year-plus sojourn around the world, Marianna Jamadi, the photographer behind Nomadic Habit, one of our 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2014, found herself in the Russian city of Irkutsk. Though Chekov referred to it as the Paris of Siberia, Jamadi found that it was a far cry from the French capital. (To be fair, he was talking about the 1825 version of the city.) Nevertheless, she found beauty in the architecture that had fallen into disrepair.

Structures of Another Time

So we got to Irkutsk, Russia. The city is an architectural mix of wooden buildings (that look like they could be from New Orleans) and Soviet-style block housing.