Exclusive video from the border villages of Khnatsakh and Vagatur

On the balcony of the hotel, Vardan remembered that Alexander Pushkin had visited Taman when he was heading in 1820 with the family of General Nikolai Nikolaevich Raevsky from the Caucasus to the Crimea. “From the Taman Peninsula, the ancient Tmutarakan Principality, the shores of Crimea opened up to me,” he wrote to his brother. The name of Mikhail Lermontov is also associated with Taman. The poet came here in 1837 “on official business.” The result of a short stay was the beautiful story «Taman».

In the early morning of August 1, already on another tarantass, the travelers headed towards Yekaterinodar. High in the sky were small clouds driven by a strong wind. Their shadows glided over the bright fresh green of the grass, over the greasy brown patches of ploughing. The sultry southern sun shone, eventually dying out. The sunset faded, and the full moon drenched the road in deathly silver. It was quiet, only the wind, which never abates in these places, made the tops of the trees whisper barely audibly. He always blew in one direction — from the Caucasus Mountains and to the north.