Issak Ilyich Levitan (1860-1900) is one of the most famous Russian landscape painters. His pictures are world famous and he often painted ie the Assumption cathedral in Ples. In his short life he produced about one thousand paintings, pastels and drawings. He was born in the small Lithuanian town of Kibarty. Levitan was educated in the Moscow...more
Now, this was real good fun. First you enter the living quarter ie wooden house where the house woman welcomes you with a small snack and tea. They explain the simple Russian land life to you (well, in Russian) show you how things were done and some members of the group were asked to participate by dressing up and trying out things.more
On the ground floor of this museum there are a few genuine works of Levitan and other artists. Upstairs are the reconstructed rooms where Levitan spent his summers in 1888 and 1889. There is a small entry fee. Don’t count on using the toilet here. They deny having one. I insisted that they had to have one (in Russian) for the employees and was...more
There are a few souvenir stalls on the streets and shops. One of the obvious things to buy is obviously a small painting. But beware if you want to buy a bigger one, that you may get in trouble with customs when leaving the country as paintings need a document from a special office that checked that it is not too old and therefore must stay in the country or that you have paid the relevant taxes. My tiny winter painting of a Ples street scene by N. Sharykin (2004) for 300 roubles (about 9 Euro) was no problem. In the souvenir shop there are fixed prices.
In Ples you will have a hard time to find a proper restaurant and even more so to find a toilet. Easy for a man to go behind a tree but for the ladies inconvenient. So make sure you ask your guide if you have one or ask "Gdje tualet?". You can buy snacks or drinks and ice cream in the store in the trading row on trading square or I saw some sort of smallish café near the yacht club.
Miscellaneous: If you travel Golden Ring cities I recommend you get yourself a guide book. I bought mine in Moscow in Dom Knigi on Novi Arbat in September 04 for 53 roubles. It was a bargain in English printed in Russia for the Russian market.
I don't know the name of this church but we found it on our drive from Volgorechensk to Ples. I think it may have been in Privolzhsk. Anyway, it was in a small town where we were looking for a famous local jewellery factory. We found the factory but the shop was closed, I guess we were too early.
Also on Cathedral hill there was a birch forest which was simply heaven. The white and black bark with the green leaves and small paths and the rays of sunshine, it was like a dream. I wish I could have stayed much longer and without tour group. For me it was one of those rare moments in life! I had a similar experience only once before in 1987 in...more