Russia Off The Beaten Path

  • The old English court yard, Moscow
    The old English court yard, Moscow
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  • The Church of the Ascension 2013
    The Church of the Ascension 2013
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  • The old English court yard
    The old English court yard
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Russia Off The Beaten Path

  • Museums

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    A museum in the open air; consists of churches, towers and wooden buildings from the 16th and 18th centuries. John the Baptiser church, The Church of Diakovo village, Voznesenia church, bell-towers, house of Peter the Great, monuments of Russian wooden architecture. The oldest oak-trees in Moscow grow in the park (c.400). Nearest metro station -...

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  • Museums

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    The State Memorial Museum of the Fieldmarshal Alexander Suvorov the Count of Rymnik and Duke of Italy (1730-1800) was founded in 1904 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. That museum is dedicated to the best Russian military leader Fieldmarshal A.V. Suvorov the Count of Rymnik, the Duke of Italy, the Count of the Holly Roman Empire, the Grand and the...

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  • Monuments & Landmarks

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery was founded in 1380 in the village of Vysokoye by Prince Dmitry Donskoi after his return from the Battle of Kulikovo. This site was once occupied by the ancient Bogolubskaya Church of Ivan Kalita. It is said that when the Muscovite Prince Ivan Kalita passed this place, he suddenly saw a high mountain covered with snow...

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  • City Environs

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful water (observing) tower, which stays amazing all year round. It’s a little castle among the industrial decadent style of the time of Kerensky. It used to belong to the Obukhovsky factory as an observing tower. The main guns from the opposite bank of the Neva were adjusting their aiming sights with the tower. 104à Oktyabr’skaya...

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  • Outside Moscow

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    On my second trip to Moscow in October 2009 I wanted to take at least one daytrip from the Russian capital. I perused several guide books and finally decided on Sergiyev Posad. Sergiyev Posad, which was formerly named Zagorsk, is situated on the so called Golden Ring, just 70 km north east of Moscow. It can easily be reached by train...

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  • Downtown Sites

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    There is a place on Bolshoi Konushennoii Street (a side street off of the Nevskii Prospekt, across from the Kazan church) that makes Russian Doughnuts. They only have one item on the menu, and the doughnut is 12 roubles. They have been open since 1958 - and its a great place that most people don't know about!

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  • Parks/Walking Routes

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    There are multiple botanical gardens in Moscow -- which can be confusing in a city that has a metro station called "Botanical Garden" (Botanichesky Sad). One night, we decided to explore the Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences, which is a short distance from the Vladykino metro station. It is Moscow's largest botanical garden, but it is...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    The Convent of St. John of Rila is the largest convent in St. Petersburg, Russia and the only stauropegic monastery in the region. It was established on the bank of the Karpovka River by Saint John of Kronstadt (1900) as a branch of the Sura Monastery of St. John the Baptist. The main pentacupolar church of the Twelve Apostles (1902) was built to a...

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  • Estates

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    Melikhovo is a lovely day trip destination in Summer. It's about an hour and a half's journey outside Moscow and beautifully set in lovely gardens. Chekhov bought the estate in 1892 and wrote two of his most famous plays (Uncle Vanya and The Seagull) here - there is a picturesque small house in the gardens which he used as a place to write. You can...

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  • Habits and Ways

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    Watch all the latest releases like Harry Potter in 3D in large iMax format new in 2007 It is about 350 rubles for first run movies Kinostar City iMax theater Ksomonavtov 14 Raduga Center Free bus to center from Park Pobedy Metro

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  • Shopping

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    Found a wonderful site on Russian wooden houses. Actually it’s not about houses as such, but mainly on carved shutters. Look at this - aren’t they lovely? There is a very ingenious collage, too – the map of Russia, made of these shutters, only I cannot cut it out The site is mostly in Russian, but you can always google-translate it. There is a...

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  • Something special

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    A beautiful building located close to the Palace. This photo was taken from the fountains and we did not have time to visit. During the reign of Empress Elisabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, the Palace Church was significantly altered and expanded by the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who added an additional floor, a new...

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  • Moscow University/Vorobievy Hills

    Moscow Off The Beaten Path

    Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) is a hill located on the south bank of the Moskva River. Because it is one of the highest points in the city, the views here are quite impressive: on one side, there was the towering Moscow State University; on the other, the river and, behind it, Luzhniki (formerly Lenin) Stadium and the whole of Moscow. We had no...

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  • Monuments

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    This monument is dedicated to the firefighters of St.Petersburg.It is located outside the now disused 9th station of 8th brigade. Built in 1884.The station on its own is well worth seeing if your in the area. Inside is a permanent exhibition of firefighting equipment. Warning: preodered group visits only Buses 7, 128, 152; Trolley bus 10 73,...

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  • Rivers and Canals

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    The old Dutch ship building works between the Moika River and the Neva River are on of the interesting architectural sites from the early 1700s. Large buildings of red bricks are monuments left to the days when ships were built here. During Soviet era is was a closed military zone. It is a huge area with water canals inside and it will be a...

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  • Sea Port

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    It is surprising how the first sun feels so warm as winter starts to relent its hold. Locals gather along the Peter and Paul Fortress to gather the first warm rays as they bounce off the ice and wallls of the fortress. Each ray is savored as the joy of spring seems not so far away.

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  • Bridges

    Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

    Volodarsky Bridge......... Bridges in St Petersburg are lifted,,,,,this is very important to know. You can get trapped on the wrong side of the bridge at night and it doesn't open untill early morning. 2:am----4:am

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  • Russian people

    It's a small museum in Gatchinsky District (near Saint-Petersburg).The wood emblem on the top of the gate was curved by the man on the picture. The 'funny' thing is the museum has never paid for this work (shame of them, they have no conscience at all!) but Gennady is still very proud of the result.I agree that one of the main features of Russian...

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  • Life at Russian village

    It is something that you woun't see from a tourist bus window, a real life. Nothing ever really changes, does it? A decent sewer system is more rare than one would expect and the electricity supply is also really outdated and all facilities are pretty basic... Probably you will think it’s almost third world because of the lack of modern amenities...

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  • Russian life

    Have you noticed that churches in Russia look always much better than houses?'In the first half of the 1990s, the Russian government returned numerous religious facilities that had been confiscated by its communist predecessors, providing some assistance in the repair and reconstruction of damaged structures.'

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  • Russian way to get rest

    DACHAS (country houses).... mostly people in big cities have this kind of houses (better or worse...) and spend weekends there... Actually they work hard for getting some vegetables and fruit.... Sure if bad weather, insects and birds won’t get all harvest first... Why, when they can easy get any vegetables and fruit on the market... Pretty strange...

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  • Vladimir - combine it with a tour to...

    VladimirVladimir is a town closeby Suzdal and mostly excursions to Suzdal will include also a short stop in Vladimir, a town with 300.000 inhabitants, about 40 km south of Suzdal.Solotyje Worota / the Golden Gate is one of the most interesting sights - see my main photograph. Another great sight is the cathedral (my 2nd and 3rd photo) Unfortunately...

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  • Jelissejew

    Jelissejew stands for pure luxury foodThis Delicatess-shop in Moscow was built in the year 1898 by Mr. Grigori Jelissejew . - In sowiet-times it was renamed into ' Gastronom I ' and the shop in Moscow is still operated nowadays, while the one in St. Petersburg was obviously closed forever.You can enter this shop and take a look around and even take...

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  • Fili : A heavenly Church in Moscow

    Fili : A heavenly Church in MoscowThis church is said to be one of the most beautiful churches of the so-called "Naryschkin-Baroque", and it was built 1693/94 for an uncle of Peter the Great.In this church you have to pay some entry-fee and you also have to pay extra for the permission to take pics - and you will be asked to take slippers over your...

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  • Ostrov Solovetskiy : Archipel Gulag

    Archipel Gulag was at Ostrov SolovetskiyWhatever you read about "Archipel Gulag" , the famous book tells the story of this remote island that was once built as a monastery and turned into one of the most horrible prison-camps of russian history.We got there as a fullday-trip from the end of Belomorsk-canal, at first 3 hours in a horrible bus on...

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  • Vytegra

    Vytegra : a great surpriseThis interesting town was a surprise-stop on our cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow, BUT I doubt that any other ships will go there as well. There are lots of great wooden houses, an interesting church and even a museum-submarine close to the river-port.We had about 3 hours there to walk around, thats about enough...

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  • Goritsy

    Goritsy - the gate to Kirillov monasteryThere are several towns with this name all over Russia, but the most important of the ordinary tourists is this one in Vologdskaya Oblast, because it is quite close to the Kirillov monastery and most of the cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg will stop there in order to show their passengers this...

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  • Mariinskij Posad

    Mariinskij PosadI just passed by Mariinskij Posad by cruiseship M/V Furmanov on our way from Kazan to Cheboksary. The city itself is far away but you will see some great churches there at the river-bank, before you get closer to the city.The large monastery in my main photo might be of interest when visiting Mariinsky Posad. Unfortunately we did...

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  • Kalyazin : a belfry standing in the...

    Kalyazin : a belfry standing in the waterKalyasin is a town of 14.500 inhabitants, 30 km west of Uglitch, directely at the river Volga.The belfry of Kalyasin is the only remain of a part of the town that was totally flooded in order to build an artificial lake for a power-plant there back in 1940.The belfly of the former Nikolski-cathedral was...

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  • Votkinsk : The birthplace of Peter...

    Votkinsk : The birthplace of Peter Ilyich TchaikovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk and spent the first 8 years of his life there, before his parents moved first to Moscow and later to St. Petersburg.Take a guided tour through the Tchaikowski-museum, it seems to be the only way to see all the exhibits. Our guide was speaking an...

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  • Chaykovskiy

    Tschaikowski / Chaykowsky is a small town close to Votkinsk, where Pjotr Illitsch Tschaikowski was born and spent the years of his childhood. We got there by cruiseship on our cruise from Perm to Moscow. Chaykovskiy is a nice town to live but there is not really a lot to see for tourists, except the newly built church maybe, that is shown in my...

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  • Gorodez: a great excursion from Nizny...

    Gorodets a great halfday-trip from Nizny NowgorodGorodez is a small town, about 30 km north-east of Nizny Novgorod and I got there on a fullday-tour organized by our cruiseship „M/S Furmanov“ during a cruise from Perm to Moscow.Gorodez is an old town and already a long time ago the inhabitants started a special kind of business: woodcarvings and...

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  • Serpuchov - 100km south of Moscow

    Serpuchovis a town, about 100 Km south of Moscow and I made a fullday-excursion there, organized by a VT-friend, AnyaD. Serpuchov has some interesting churches, monasteries and museums and lots of lovely wooden houses in the old part of town.This excursion was actually one of the highlights of my 10 days in Moscow in 2002, out in the country, where...

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  • Ivanovo

    Ivanovo was off-limits for tourists before 1989but I came to this place in 2008 for a "A technical Stop" during a dayexcursion to Suzdal. This funny expression is used by most russian tourguides, when they are making a short stop for people who need to powder their noses...So we had about 20 minutes to take some photos around the train-station and...

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  • Shlissel'burg

    Shlissel'burg : An interesting fortress & UNESCO-WorldHeritageShlissel'Burg is an interesting fortress that you will pass by, when taking a cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow ! The historic fortress is dating back to the 13th century and it was built in order to protect the place where the river Newa joins Lake Ladoga. It had another name...

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  • Nizhniye Mandrogi

    Nizhniye Mandrogiis a small island in one of the many rivers that you will cruise through when you make a cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg. They call it a "green stop" and in fact you land at a place, where you cannot do anything else that get out of the ship and walk in an artificial village, that was obviously built at least partly by...

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  • Viking River Cruise stop in Mandrogy

    At first I was a little leery of this stop, as it is pretty much a for-tourist built place, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are buildings with artisans inside working that you can watch (on my visit they did not speak much!) and trails to walk around the property. We arrived in the morning and the fog was just lifting among the beautiful...

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  • From Karelia to Siberia

    There is so much to see all around this country that my lines here are just too short. I can only say that if I could and if it was safe and easy I would have love to drive my own car from west to east, but this seems right now impossible, there is not even road yet.

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  • an un-even door and a small pond

    When walking to the very end of the street, where the town-museum is, you will see this nice pond - children were playing and swimming there already in the middle of May.Something special that had cought my eyes there was that un-even door of a house, and I often wondered at a house like this : Was it constructed that way from the beginning or did...

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  • take a walk at the river

    Take a walk at the river, there is a nice boulevard between the monument of Alexander Newski and the Samowar-museum. The level of that boulevard is about 10 meters above the lake, so you also will have a great view over the row of houses below.

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  • some great details in this house

    You will find this building at about halfway between the Samowar-museum and the Alexander Newski-monument . In the facade of this great building you will see some interesting details, when you take a closer look :1) the fine decorations around the window under the roof2) a lion and some angles in the fine white decorations over the 3 windows of the...

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  • building of ships

    Gorodez is also a famous place for the construction and building of ships, and so we saw this strange construction docked next to our cruiseship M/S Furmanov:It is obviously a restaurant that is now constructed out of another thing and finally it will be transported on this ponton over the river to the place where it should go...

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  • lovely houses close to the river

    This is the street down to the river with lots of lovely houses in the old russian style and beautifully decorated. It is a pity that we had finally just rushed through this village, many of these houses I had to take a picture of from our tourbus, while rushing back to our ship, because the times to pass through the next lock was fixed already a...

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  • another monument

    This is another monument in Gorodez, just about 100 meters from the monument for Alexander Newski, and opposite of the museum of Samowars. Maybe a religious monument, because the cross of the Russian Orthodox church is there several times...

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  • Participation in an tv show - we need...

    We will be participating in an adventure rece, traveling through Russia, Mongolia and China (Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulambator - Peking) without any money. We will be leaving Moscow 23 May, heading east. Most of the time we will be hitch hiking. If you are around in the area, or know somebody who can help us, please look out for us. Our pictures are...

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