August 11, 2015

Sokhumi Beach, Georgia

Photograph by Petrut Calinescu, Panos Pictures

On Georgia's Sokhumi Beach, bathers use ruined piers for jumping or swinging into the Black Sea. During Soviet times, the beach was part of the so-called Red Riviera, a stretch of Black Sea coastline that extended from Bulgaria through Romania and the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia) and catered to wealthy Eastern-bloc vacationers.

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