Belarus is a flat piece of land straddling the shortest route between Moscow and the Polish border. Wide stretches of unbroken birch groves, vast forested marshlands and wooden villages amid rolling green and black fields give it a haunting beauty.
There's more to see in Belarus than you might suspect. Minsk is a cosmopolitan centre and a shining testament to Soviet urban planning. Brest is lively and hectic, Hrodna a cocktail of histories and Polatsk a sleepy dowager reclining on the chaise longue of her former glories.
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