Irkutsk and the lake Baikal
Very nice area
We like Irkutsk pretty much, it is not too big and you can reach the different places on foot. We have luck with the weather, but during the morning and evening the temperature drops quite a lot, getting cold. But during the day it is around 20 to 25°C.
We tried different local restaurants and walked a lot through the city. A visit at the local market was also interesting, lots of people there and they offer different species of fishes from the lake Baikal.
On the 4th of June there was the annual celebration of the birthday of the city of Irkutsk, now already 355 years old. The whole city centre was full of people who enjoyed the party, laughing and dancing. There were concerts, carnival parade and fireworks in the evening at the riverside.
Our next trip is the Transsiberian train from Irkutsk to Vladivostok...a 3 days trip...