Caviar along the Volga: The tasty Russian treasures of Astrakhan

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Hop into a motorboat in Astrakhan – the Caspian Capital – and you’ll see fields and fields of lotus blossoms bobbing in the Volga Delta, a flush of pale pinks and deep raspberry coloured blooms, flanked by reeds. It’s a great site to see from the river and you’ll also spot a few waterfront buildings near Astrakhan, a city known for its fishing. The lotus blossoms are located in Russia’s oldest biosphere reserve, in the largest inland delta in Europe. Keep bobbing along in your boat and eventually, the skies open up and you will leave any signs of civilization behind. “They are considered a sym…

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