An exclusive Russian original tasty recipe.
Blini is a Russian traditional dish. The making was a real sacred mystery and people told fortunes on the dough and kept their recipes secret. The first Blinis were put on the window-sills for poor people and pilgrims. They are baked in a great quantity for holidays and foreigners are often surprised at how many Bliny Russians can eat!
Really something i suggest to try, you will not regret it, delicious, inviting and something you will not stop to eat.
You can eat them with marmelade, sour cream, chocolate, etc...
The most popular Blinis were made from buckwheat flour and good Blinis must be very, very thin. The thinner Blinis are, the better the cook's skill is.
Here's a website that will give you the recipe:
The most accessible (and essential) day trip from Petrozavodsk is a visit to the island of Kizhi.
The Kizhi Museum-Reserve, in the middle of Lake Onega, is a 75-minute ferry ride away from Petrozavodsk. It is where you will find the Kizhsky Pogost (Kizhi Enclosure), a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of two 18th-century wooden churches and a bell tower, as well as many other traditional wooden buildings from northwestern Russia.
Both the ticket office and the ferry terminal are located at the end of Prospekt Marksa, near the waterfront. It is recommended to buy your tickets in advance or, if you want to make sure you visit the island on a sunny day, to arrive early in the morning the day of your visit.
Check out my Kizhi page for more information.
One of the latest additions to Petrozavodsk's impressive list of public artworks is, curiously enough, a monument dedicated to Yuri Andropov, chairman of the KGB from 1967 to 1982 and ruler of the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1984.
Known as the "Butcher of Budapest" for his role in crushing the Hungarian uprising of 1956, Andropov served as chief of the Petrozavodsk's Communist party youth wing (Komsomol) in the 1930s.
Interestingly, across the street from the Andropov bust is the local branch of the FSB -- Russia's successor to the aforementioned KGB.
One of the striking features in Petrozavodsk is the number of buildings bearing communist symbols. If you have time to walk around town, it can be fun to try and spot those decorations.
Many street names from the Soviet era have not been changed either. It is almost as if people here, unlike their compatriots in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, did not feel the need to tear down all signs the past when the communism regime ended in the early 1990s.
Petrozavodsk's waterfront along Lake Onega is a beautifully landscaped area with many sculptures. The promenade, called Onezhskaya Naberezhnaya, starts at the ferry terminal on one side at slightly past Prospekt Lenina on the other.
The most popular sculpture is called The Fishermen. A gift from Petrozavodsk's sister city Duluth, in Minnesota, it is either very cool or kind of scary, depending on your outlook. The other star attractions, aside from the view of the lake in itself, include a wishing tree and a statue of Peter the Great.
The main church in Petrozavodsk is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Built from 1825 to 1832, it became a lore museum during the Communist period, but reopened as a church in 2000 after undergoing several years of renovation.
The cathedral is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you're interested in history and like to watch unique things, Kizhi island is for you!
As Kizhi is an open-air museum. There are the dwellings and churches are from 17th century. All buildings are wooden and were made without any nail.
Taking an excursion you'll find out the way of life russian peasants of 18-19th centuries.
You can get the island by special boat "Kameta", navigation on lake is open only from May, 15th till September, 15th!
Since 2 years the international open air music festival ''Vozduh'' (''Air'') has taken place in Petrozavodsk. The rock bands from all over Russia and also abroad take part in it (among them: Alisa, Masha and bears, SerGa, King and the clown, the Pilot and others). The festival usually is organized at the aerodrome outside of the town, not far away from Onego lake, in the end of june. This year 2007 it will be held on 22-24 of june. As you see, the festival lasts for 3 days. You can come here on the day, you wish or you can live in the tent for the whole time right here. It is an unforgettable event for all fans of rock music. Here you can meet friends, get to know people and of course have much fun! The Festival ''Vozduh'' is the meeting point of all citizens of Petrozavodsk and guests of the town. If you want to know more about it, please, see the site:
Municipality of Petroskoi decided to make a lake shore representative. A couple of associated cities presented Petroskoi with sculptures and all of these were placed here.
It is nice to walk there when the sun is setting, to watch the seaguls or "kometas" on the lake as they are going to island Kizhi or back from there.
Nearby is an amusement park with a tiny zoo.
When you are walking around the centre of Petrozavodsk you will for sure go up to the enbankment of Onega lake . All roads led to it:)
You will find many interesting monuments and statues here. Most of them were given to P. by its twin cities(for example, Varkaus, Neubrandenburg, Dulut, Mo i Rana, St.Petersburg others). Each of them is worth of observing. So it is some kind of mix of different cultures there i can say. And also among these "presents" of P.' friendly towns you can also find a Tree of wishes. Really! You will tell it your wish and it will be true very soon.
Often people ask the tree about visiting Petrozaviodsk again:)
And if you are tired of walking along the enbankment you can enjoy the lake's views sitting at one of open cafes there.
The river Embankment has been extensively renovated for the 300th Anniversary, and there is a rather pleasant Sculpture Park there now. All the sculptures have been donated by Twin Cities of Petrozavodsk. I was wondering why the water was so dark blue, untill I felt it .... near freezing point
Encircling round square if the complex of the residence of the management of the Ironworks. In the centre of the square is a massive statue of Lenin which replaced the statue of Peter the Great which has been moved to the river front.
On the shore of the Onega Lake is the embarkment. Decorated by monuments given from Petrozavodsk's sistercities. There is also a monument of Peter the Great, that formerly was places on the square that now is Lenin Square.
One of the very much tanks in Russia. It´s a T-34, build up from the beginning of the 40s. The average “live-durance” of such a tank in WW2 was only 7 days (buildt on Sunday, went to the front on Wednesday and on Saturday it was only a huge piece of metal). But the russian army built very much of them. So, nearly every city has one or more tanks as monuments, not to forget the cruelty of the war... And I am very ashamed, that it was Germany, my home-country, which made mostly of this things in war. I hope, we will never have a war between our states!
Kizhi Island is a must. The trip out there takes about 80 mins on the hydrofoil and the scenery in around the islands as you approach Kizhi is almost as good as the sites on the island itself. I was lucky as the captain invited me to sit with him on the bridge and the view was amazing.