There is not a lot left over of the medieval Kremlin of Suzdal, but when walking over the bridge of the river Kamenka you will still see a part of the artificial wall that was made of soil, heaped up in the 10th century and on top of that natural wall used to be a wooden fence. Nowadays you have to take a closer look in order to find the walls of the old Kremlin.
2 Churches used to be inside the old walls of the Kremlin:
the cathedral of the birth of Holy Mary (Sobor Roschdestwa Bogorodizy / Mariä-Geburts-Kathedrale)
The wooden church that you will see next to the cathedral today was added in 1960, it is the church of a small village closeby, named Glotowo.
In Suzdal you can find this couple performing 2 songs with this oldfashioned musical instrument. They are waiting for customers inside of the museum of wooden houses, at the big water-wheel. They will be glad for your donations and they are also selling some CDs. I bought one of their own casettes ( where they are shown also on the cover) and enjoyed it a lot at home, while making my pages about Russia...
Each CD is 15 Euros, they offer 3 different types, but only one of them is for their own kind of music.
There are mainly 2 private houses with interesting interiors and the photographs that you see here are all taken in the 1st house on the right ( the one that has also the only - and quite oldfashioned - toilets in its garden). These houses can be entered only by a guided tour, with your group-ticket and unfortunately our guide told us, we could see the 2nd house by our own, but the lady at the entrance insisted to see the group-ticket, otherwise she would not let anybody in. The guide had left the museum altready at that time and so I did not see the 2nd house as well ;-((
Inside of the museum of the wooden houses you will see various excamples of old wooden fences, made in a beautiful and clever way, giving shelter also in wintertime, when the snow was freezing inside the small empty spaces and the fence became something like a closed wall against strong and icy winds. Also outside of the museum you will see a few such fences in Suzdal !
The river Kamenka makes a natural bend around the place, where the old Kremlin of Suzdal was built back in the 10th century. So the town was rather safe from 3 sides and only from quite a small area the enemies could approach easily and without needing to cross the water first. (that side is where the merchant-arcades are still to be seen). Also some of the other monasteries outside of the Kremlin-walls were built next to the river Kamenka.
There are 2 places to powder your nose that I found in Suzdal :
One of them is inside the former Kremlin, next to the famous monastery and they will charge you 10 rubles. It is at the entrance on the right of my 1st photograph.
On my 4th and 5th photographs you will see the second one : It is totally free of charge, but also still quite "oldfashioned" inside the museum of the wooden houses, a bench with a big hole in it with a good view (and smell) of everything that was gathered there over a longer time. I decided to stand on that bench, but it is mainly ment for sitting of course. Bring your own toilet-paper ! this toilet is in the garden of the 1st building on the right, after the large wooden church.
There are an inordinate amount of stray cats in Suzdal. Of course, in summer they all seem pretty content and chilled out. Not sure how that plays in the winter when there aren't a million crickets, birds and rodents to feed on. Anyway, if you're a good person then you have a soft spot for animals and will find it hard to pass by guys like Dom here. I was playing with him and some lady tells me "nyet dom"...he has no home. So I named in Dom because I hope he will have a home someday.
Suzdal is not a beer or vodka town, but a mead town. Mead has a long history in Russia, and in Suzdal a small company produces it for the local market. You can buy bottles of it but there is also a "tap room" on the main drag (in the back of the building) that will mix it with 9 different spice and herb mixtures. The mead is very sweet and soft, but not cloying. Some of the spice mixtures are a lot of fun, too.