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Discussion in 'Travel & Vacation' started by Terry Page, Oct 25, 2015.
We visited a local restaurant called "Cafe Relax" here are a few of the dishes we had:
That's a very homey looking restaurant @Terry Page and the food looks great too. Glad Lisa and you are having a good time.
Ruskeala Marble Canyon
This was the highlight of the trip really, it's a 40 minute drive north from Sortavala on at times pretty poor roads but we made it ok.....
The first hour or so going up the mountain was good though cold, then we had a series of snowstorms, but had a couple of brollies with us, so we managed to go round one of the many circuits about 4 miles in all....it's quite an amazing place and in the summer it's evidently very crowded, but this time of the year you have it to yourself more or less.....
Here are a few photos we took..
One of the many sets of steps, there were several hundred up and down in all, but they were treated so not slippy..
This section is called the "Italian Quarry"
A few signs some translations were a tad quirky
Some diving going on, not sure what they were looking for, but not something I would fancy doing
Sheltering from the snowstorm, the umbrella isn't mine by the way, I am not that Nationalistic .... Lisa got it from somewhere
Page 7 - like the college / library building
Love the lovey dovey cats - they are cats are they Terry ? Not 'rats' are they ...........
Like the wood carvings too
@Terry Page , I wanted to tell you that the pictures of your travels have beem much appreciated by more than just myself. You've made me aware of Russia in a way that I've never been exposed to before. You've made it real, and you've shown it from the perspective of an average citizen.
So whenever you get tired of this thread and think the rest of us are too, just know that I look forward to seeing Lisa and your journeys around places that I will never get the chance to see any other way. THANKS!!!
Wow, that marble canyon is so cool Terry!! And no wonder you and Lisa are in such, good shape!! I just admire the heck out of you two doing all that stuff. I'm so happy for you guys to have each other to go with I admit I traveled a lot by myself (well, with my little dog) but so many places I wouldn't go because they were "out of the way" and I stayed as close to where there were other people.
Maybe I will still meet someone to go more places with Love ALL the photos, and the foods, they just look so good!! Thanks for taking the time to share all of this with us denise
Amen to this Ina second best to being there with them, getting to see their pics I love the idea of going to Russia one day, and think it would be awesome to see it but sure have to do some "warmer" clothes shopping
It's a cat and dog that are hugging together @Patsy Faye ......not that common in real life...
Thank you for your kind comments @Ina I. Wonder , I am pleased to hear I have managed to convey some of my feelings, about this amazing country and it's people.
I have found through travelling, how different the realities of the various countries I have visited are from the impressions I gained through the media, and what I have read or heard.
For me the underlying truth is that despite some surface cultural differences, we are all part of the same human family, full of the same hopes, dreams, disappointments, joy and loss that we all experience.......Wherever I go I find for the most part, people are very kind and only too willing to help.......
Thanks @Denise Happyfeet .........yes the canyon was an amazing experience, impossible to convey in photographs really, we are both lucky to be fit enough to go on these trips, though how long for I don't know, because age will eventually slow us down ....... I hope you manage to find a companion to travel some more with .......
A Visit To Leningrad Zoo
Though neither of us are really into zoos, we were pleasantly surprised when we enjoyed a few hours wandering around this one. I think because Miro was so excited by the visit it kinda rubbed off on us...
Here are some of the photos I took all with my phone, because sadly my camera has a software glitch which needs the interior battery to discharge, which could take a while.
A lot of the animals are now behind glass screens rather than bars, so there are often reflections as well.
The first section is the aquarium which has some amazing fish, this one makes me wonder why nature evolved this complex creation....
A couple more shots
....a selection of random shots
Some more pics...
Oh my God !
That poor bear stuck in that filthy den of a place
The owner should live in those conditions for a good while - see how it feels !
A Trip To The Circus
Unlike the UK circuses which are usually in a large tent (The Big Top) and tour the country, the Russian ones are housed in elegant 18/19th century stone buildings with chandeliers and artwork.
Here are a few photos I took, with my camera which came to life suddenly yesterday, the lighting and effects at the circus would have been beyond my phones capabilities. They have a strict ban on all photography there, so it was difficult to get a good angle without being spotted
The circus building
Some of the acrobatics which were quite arty, the music was a mix of classical and rock, with a good sound system, before the recent refurbishment they evidently had a resident orchestra...
This was rotating while the acrobat was skipping blindfold
Almost like cirque du soleil...almost . Nice seating though.
I have a vague memory of being at a circus when I was about 5 in Pittsburgh, I was bored.
...the animal acts..
A Day In The Park
Our day out in the sun was lovely, we ended up walking a lot more than we intended, but should sleep well tonight.......the journey started out as the No16 tram pulled in and off we went....
A quick snap from the tram window of a woman cleaning a window, a popular occupation here in all weathers
...half way there the tram ground to a halt behind another tram, because there had been a car accident across the tram tracks.....
...luckily we were close to a Metro station so we continued to our destination...
Here are some photos in the park...
A church on the edge of the parkland being renovated
The restaurant in the park...
The food, both pork dishes..........
It was such a gloriously sunny afternoon, that we decided to walk back instead of taking the tram, it's about 5 miles so together with the walk in the parkland we must have covered some 8 miles..
A few photos I took on the way back.....
This is the "Church of the Resurrection" which is devoted to recovering alcoholics where they hold meetings
.....tomorrow they forecast rain snow and a cyclone, so we will stay in....
Of course I'm super jealous, all I have here is usual franchise of stores and restaurants! I have got to do one more trip to Europe before I die!
Like the heart cucumber or pickle!
A Trip To The Dacha
Our day in Sosnovo yesterday went well though it was tiring and we came back exhausted here are some photos I took..
The starting place one of many train stations in St.Petersburg, this one serves the north of the country..
From the carriage window en-route
The effects of the wet winter on the road/track to the dacha
......part of the garden
We walked the couple of miles to our usual restaurant for lunch, only to find it had closed down, but after a bit of searching we found a nice one in the town centre..
We both had a beef stroganoff with mash and a side of grilled veg, plus apple pie and ice cream for dessert
The very friendly restaurant cat appeared after we had finished eating so didn't get any scraps....
Why the bows on the chairs? Reminds me of a wedding reception.
You are probably right, @Chrissy Cross they specialise in weddings, and have another large dining hall beyond where we were, plus it's a hotel as well.
The weather forecast is good for the weekend at 24c (75f) with plenty of sun, so we will head for the country on Friday morning for a long weekend at Lisa's dacha.
We have also organised a long weekend of 4 nights in the south west of Russia, a trip of around a 1,000Km from here. We will go by high speed train from here to Moscow about 4 hours then another high speed train to Vladimir for 2 hours plus a taxi journey of 35 Km to Suzdal. We will leave at 5:30 am from here next Friday (26th May) and arrive in Suzdal around 2pm.
We have never been to this area before so are looking forward to it.
Suzdal is one of the oldest Russian towns. In the 12th century it became the capital of the principality, with Moscow being merely one of its subordinate settlements. Nowadays Suzdal is the smallest of the Russian Golden Ring towns with population of just 9978 (2015), but a major tourist attraction. Several of its monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The town's history dates back to 1024 and in 1125 Yury Dolgoruky made Suzdal the capital of the Rostov-Suzdal principality.Suzdal began to function as a capital at the time when Moscow was still a cluster of cowsheds. In 1157 Andrei Bogolyubsky moved the capital from Suzdal to Vladimir, from which time the principality was known as Vladimir-Suzdal. Set in a fertile wheat-growing area, Suzdal remained a trade centre even after Mongol-led invasions. Eventually, it united with Nizhny Novgorod until both were annexed by Moscow in 1392.
After a decline in political importance, the town rose in prominence as a religious center with incredible development projects funded by Vasily III and Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. In the late 17th and 18th centuries, wealthy merchants paid for 30 charming churches, which still adorn the town. Thus Suzdal reached remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families.
In 1864, local merchants failed to coerce the government into building the Trans-Siberian Railway through their town. Instead it went through Vladimir, 35 km (22 mi) away. As a result, Suzdal was bypassed not only by trains, but by the 20th century altogether. Furthermore, in 1967 Suzdal earned a federally protected status, which officially limited the development in the area. That is why the place remains largely the same as ages ago – its cute wooden cottages mingling with golden cupolas that reflect in the river Kamenka, which meanders sleepily through gentle hills and flower-filled meadows.
Today, the town operates as an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture—most of them churches and monasteries. Although having just under ten thousand residents, Suzdal still retains a rural look with streams and meadows everywhere and chicken and livestock a common sight on the streets, some of which remain unpaved. This juxtaposition of stunning medieval architecture with its pastoral setting lends Suzdal a picturesque charm, and in the summer, artists and easels are a common sight
Here are a few pics from the web, hopefully there won't be any snow...
The Guest House we are staying in......
A Few Days In The Golden Ring
There are around 12 towns in the "Golden Ring" we visited and stayed in two Vladimir and Suzdal.
The Golden Ring (Russian: Золото́е кольцо́) is a ring of cities northeast of Moscow, the capital of Russia. They formerly comprised the region known as Zalesye.
These ancient towns, which also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. The towns have been called "open-air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. These towns are among the most picturesque in Russia and prominently feature Russia's onion domes.
This is the view from our bedroom widow over the apple trees in blossom in Suzdal...
a couple of dramatic evening shots after a storm...