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Oct 5, 2017 - Uglich

Attempted another death bed rise to see the quaint town of Uglich. Was able to walk a bit, but then crapped out and had to return to the ship. That said, it was awfully cold - low of 39 and high of 45 and wet. Others were able to visit the home of a local family and really enjoyed the visit.We did walk around and see a local church but then that was it and we soloed back to the ship. As we walked back to the ship through a series of local vendor stalls, Denise saw a sweater/pancho she liked. After we got back to the ship and about 50...

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 4, 2017 - Yaroslavl

Stayed in bed all day and then attempted the City Tour and Governor's House tour. Made it through the Governor's house - wanna be period costume and music - eh. Went back to the bus and fell asleep while others went to the farmers' market which Mike said was really nice. Another basically lost day for me - viewing the waterways from the "comfort" of my sick bed - yuck!

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 6, 2014 - Leaving Uglich

In the morning we visited a Russian family in their home. There was a woman and her 90 year old aunt who lived there. Basically, living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The family had built the house themselves in the 1950’s while working at their jobs. That is, it was built after work and on weekends. Nice garden and plenty of vegetables were being grown. After that we walked through the local market and bought a couple of souvenirs. In the afternoon we attended another lecture on Russian history. This time “Putin, Medvedev and the...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Uglich and Yaroslavl

Russian joke from the Stalinist era. To a small child – Who is your mother? Mother Russia. Who is your father? Stalin. What do you want to be when you grow up? An orphan. In the morning we had another history lesson the boat while cruising. “Gorbachev and Perestroika” We arrived at Uglich where we took a bus to Yaroslavl. A 100 kilometer trip each way over bumpy roads. We had to take the bus as the water in the river was too low to take the boat. Visited the usual church, a local market and then the Governor’s mansion. This last trip was...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Russian Cruise

Our cruise continues along the Volga River. The weather is still extremely changeable. One minute it's sweaters & coats on, the next it's short sleeved shirts & hot & humid. We've visited numerous towns which many beautiful domed churches in the Kremlin area (town square). Each town (Kizhi, Kirillov, Yaroslavl, Uglich) has a story to tell. They all seemed to be powerful & cultural centers at one time, if the guides are to be believed. At the end of each excursion, we have run into souvenir hawkers. We've had some wonderful Russian baklava...

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Life is a Journey

Jul 20, 2011 - Volga River

July 20th, Wednesday, On the Volga River We awoke sailing up the Volga River, on which we'll sail for 89 miles without any locks. This is very peaceful and with many prosperous looking buildings scattered periodically along the shore. This is the longest river in western Russia, flows 2300 miles to the southeast before emptying into the Caspian Sea, and is navigable for about 2000 miles. "Mother Volga" is thought of as the life blood of Russia, for centuries having served as the chief thoroughfare of Russia and as the lifeline of Russian...

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Aug 7, 2008 - TSR (III): Part Four

DAY 24-25: TSR - Yekaterinburg to Moscow After a quick exploration of the train station, and stepping out into the birthplace of Boris Yeltsin, and the deathplace of the Tsar and his family during the Revoluation, we returned to find two new compartment-mates. We have nothing to say about them though, because they stayed up on their bunks, did not speak English and kept to themselves. This was a nice way to end our TSR adventure though, as it felt like we were by ourselves ... and it was quiet and it did not smell :) After Yekaterinburg we...

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Mar 22, 2008 - Ausflug zum Goldenen Ring

Der Tag war zwar kalt (ca. -5 Grad), aber wie gemacht fuer einen Ausflug. Vom Vortag lag noch frischer Schnee und die Sonne tauchte alles in ein warmes Gold. Der blaue Himmel wirkte umso intensiver. Ich hatte bei einer Agentur eine englisch-sprachige Tour nach Peresslavl und Rostov gebucht - zwei Staedte des Goldenen Rings. Nur kurz - dieser Staedtering nordoestlich von Moskau (50 - ca. 250 km entfernt) ist im russischen Mittelalter ein Zentrum von Handel, weltlicher und religioeser Macht gewesen. Teilweise sind die Staedte noch aelter als...

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Oct 5, 2005 - Yaroslavl, Russia

Sally and I made it to Yaroslavl yesterday. The trip from dallas, through frankfurt to moscow was smooth. we found our contact, Igor, easily and he gave us a ride 4 hours northeast to yaroslavl. we sat next to a romanian man on the plane to frankfurt who was in the process of raising support to build an orphange in romania. he was a christian. it was very encouraging to meet someone like-minded in the midst of all the confusion. serafima, our host, is incredibly hospitable and enjoys having us there. we start russian language lessons...

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...pure religion

Sep 15, 2004 - Rostov Veliky - last of the Golden towns

Positioned next to the sprawling Lake Nero - Rostov Veliky is supposed to be the second most charming Golden Ring town (behind Suzdal). Once again I find myself asking the question, where are all the people? This town is supposed to have 40k inhabitants, however the size of the town centre reminds me much more of Taradale than it does Napier! This time our hotel is actually inside the Kremlin, which is quite a treat. The downside is we now have nowhere to go during the day as we're already there. Guess it will be a few romantic strolls...

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Nils Travels 2004

Sep 14, 2004 - Yaroslav - city on the Volga

Another short hop, skip and jump and we arrived in Yaroslav. 600k people on the mighty Volga River (Europes longest!). Legend claims that Mr Yaroslav, back in 1100AD (thereabouts) killed a bear with his axe on the site, and thus decided what an excellent place to start a city. The site also happens to be at the crossroads of two rivers and has proven a privy spot for trading. Highlights: Churchs and the Kremlin. Being unable to decipher if we were eating chicken or pig. Beachy being laughed at for being only man in city to be wearing shorts...

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Nils Travels 2004



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