Romantic and poet
All the texts of Frédéric Dubois about Abkhazia: facts, descriptions of the locality, recordings with impressions and stories are amazingly interesting. His journey to Abkhazia began with Gagra. He observed this place from the sea, talked about the fate of the Russian Decembrists, who were actually sent there after the uprising on Senate Square in 1825. His lines about this convey sympathy, and yet they are thoroughly poetic:
"At such moments, the heart is filled with feelings. Without melancholy and sadness, the gaze follows the line of the mountain chains and stops on the terraces, which are piled on top of each other, crowning with snowy peaks; these ancient forests seem to be cool, covering with their veil the foot of the mountains (the foot of the mountains is covered with beeches, hornbeams, oaks with the most magnificent green foliage, while pine forests crown their peaks) and further enhance the impression of wildness and magnificence of nature, as if it were first day of creation; to look at this landscape, when, after a hot day, the sun sinks into Thetis's arms and light fresh marshmallows, reviving feelings, wakes up a fallen asleep, when the light of a ruddy sunset, casting off its reflection, draws long shadows, like mysteries, into which a person seeks to penetrate rising on the other edge of the horizon, it reduces the silence and the hour of dreaming to twilight, so abruptly bordering on its pale light, to see it all, leaning over the side of a vessel swaying in time with the escaping and sparkling waves - this is a magic dream! .. O poor exile! Great is your happiness, if you can see Gagra and their gray walls running away in front of you, getting lost in the distance and turning into a small spot at the foot of the Caucasus. Keep on running before you find yourself in the circle of your loved ones!"