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Jan 6, 2019 - Petrozavodsk

Sunday 6th: Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega - the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the North-West of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia. We took a city tour which started with the cultural museum of the area. Here a Russian lady guided us through some exhibits and was translated by our guide. She was very passionate about all the painters and showed us in detail how Russian icons are made. In the building next door was a small theatre...

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Jan 1, 2019 - A day on the Golden Eagle

Tuesday 1st: New Year’s Day! Today we had a very relaxed start to the New Year with brunch running through till midday so we did not surface early. The landscape outside our window hardly changed all day - snow covered forests interspersed with snow covered little villages, railway stations and trains. We even saw one train carrying two decks of cars all of which were covered in snow. At 1.30 the Astronomy Professor from Cambridge gave a lecture on the Auroras which was very interesting. Afternoon tea was at 4.00 and then up to ten people...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Traveling on

Kizhi is a small Island at the top of Onega Lake, the second largest lake in Europe. A tour around the island took us through the open air museum of wooden architecture, hundreds of years old. Plenty of activities on board keep us occupied - yesterday's highlight was a Vodka Show with plenty of different varieties to try and typical Russian snacks to go with them.

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Oct 3, 2014 - Kizhi Island

Cruised overnight and then stopped at Kizhi island around 8.30am. The entire island is a UNESCO site with only a small rural settlement left. The two remaining churches sre reputed to have built without a single nail. At the time of contruction 10 nails were the same price as a cow! Apart from the fact it was freezing with the wind blowing it was an interesting stop.

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Jul 24, 2011 - Svirstroy

July 24th, Sunday, Svirstroy Today we visit Svirstroy, a small village occupied by the Finns during WWII.  The Finns, to my surprise, were allied with Germany during the war, and put many of these people in prison camps during the war.  We had a home visit with a babushka and her family in this village.  There house was of wood construction without running water and they hauled water from a well.  They heated with a wood stove; recall that this is in very northwestern Russia, where they have much snow and temperatures are down in the -30-35...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Petrozavodsk

July 23rd, Saturday, Petrozavodsk This morning we awoke to a light rain in Petrozavodsk, a city of the Karelian Republic, and has a population of about 290,000.  Our program director, Yulia, as well as 2 other directors call this home and is the sister city of Diluth, Minnesota, where all 3 of them came to study English.  This city is on the western shores of Lake Onega and is much different than either Moscow or St Petersburg.  It was founded in 1703 at the behest of Peter the Great who needed a new iron foundry for the production of...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Kizhi Island

July 22, Friday, Kizhi Island We awoke again to bright sun and warm weather.  As usual, we have sailed through the night making much headway.  We are reaching the north part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway, and have come through the Vytegra River, having descended through 5 locks in the early morning hours, and enter the final lock during breakfast, completing a 242 ft drop in about 20 miles.  There is a fair amount of oil tanker traffic through this portion of the waterway, and many piles of birch logs along the sides of the river waiting to...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Irkustk to Vladimir Russia

Wednesday 2nd June 2010 - This evening we leave Irkustk and began our longest of the train journeys - we will be 3 days and 3 nights on the train - no showers - toilets basic and always moving - all part of the adventure – this is now the Trans Siberian - Train No. 1 - sharing carriage No. 10 with Bernadette, Lloyd and Marj. berths 13/14/15/16 - 2 toilets, tv (may/or not work). We thought somehow we were going to be able to have a shower but sadly 'neit' Still trees and more trees, but quite green and main highway to our right - it is 10pm...

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