V. Vysotsky The common graves They don't put up crosses on communal graves, And widows don't come to shed tears; But flowers are laid and eternal flames Will never be quenched, it appears. The earth that was shaking and heaving of late With granite and marble is plated. There isn't a single separate fate, All fates are in one integrated. We see in...more
You must pay a visit to this great church on a hill overlooking Smolensk.It is in need of some urgent repairs and restoration, but this old postcard does make it look beautiful. Inside is full of statues, gold, icons, and many people praying.PLEASE ENLARGE THIS FOR A BETTER VIEW.more
The Russkiy Dvor restourant has a great location in the city center, good prices and wonderful atmosphere of Russian quisine and typically ancient Russian interior which we used to imagine since our childhood with its fairy-tales. Don't miss a chance to feel the Russian spirit :) Here you can obvously try all the dishes of Russian quisine; soups,...more
It is easy to go to Smolensk by bus.
You go to Belarus train station and by the station you find some buses with the word Ñìîëåíñê on it.
Get the ticket and go.
Hide your personal things if you are going ot sleep.
We just bargained on the streets, and at the hotel.
What to buy: The souvenirs like the local wooden carvings, patchwork, wooden toys and and those wooden dolls are much cheaper than in Moscow or St.Petersburg.
What to pay: As little as possible
It is possible to walk along town walls for more than 5 km. You can climb up at many places, crawling through narrow passages in the walls. This is not very pleasant (due to musty smell) and rather dangerous, but you will be awarded with fascinating view. Rays of sunset makes walls even more red ;-)more