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Jul 21, 2018 - Cruising

Last night we sailed from St Petersburg and travelled along the Svir River to Mandrogi. We spent the afternoon exploring this old traditional village set up for tourism, similar to Sovereign Hill. A lovely bbq was arranged followed by a concert of traditional folk singers and musicians. The afternoon included a visit to a vodka museum, including tasting. Then a tea ceremony on board ship. Later to day we are going to have a Russian language lesson. Should be fun.

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Oct 2, 2017 - Kizhi and cruising Lake Onega

We docked this morning at Kizhi. It is an island inLake Onega and houses some of the oldest wooden buildings and churches in Russia. We walked around and explored the buildings with our local guide. It was cold and a little windy and drizzly. The temp was 45 degrees.The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The church of the Transfiguration was built without a single nail. It has five concentric circles of onion domes. We went back to the ship around 10:00 a.m. and set sail. Lake Onega is the second largest lake in Europe. As we cruised. we...

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 1, 2017 - Mandrogi

Sailed out of St. Petersburg last night. Sailed through the largest lake in Europe - Lake Ladoga - 6,900 sq. miles - last night and landed in Mandrogi around 12:30 today. Beautiful little community on the river. An old village with many craftsman and log cabin buildings. There were artists painting enamel, carving various items from birch bark, a blacksmith, laquer painting, Many Matroyshka stacking dolls, candy, felted items and other types of art. Leaving soon and I believe we will be at sea all day tomorrow, and ending up at Kizhi on...

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 1, 2017 - Ship and cruise impressions

We are on the lowest deck that houses passengers. We have a fairly large window looking to the outside. As we cruise the rivers we have a nice view of the passing scenery. The next deck up is the restaurant. Breakfast consists of three or four menu items and a very elaborate buffet of fruit, eggs, omelets, breads, breakfast meats, etc. You can mix and match and have as much as you want. Lunch and dinner both have the menu and buffet arrangement but beer and wine are included and you are not limited as to amount. The next deck up is the...

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 2, 2014 - Mandrogy Island

Spent most of the day sailiing. We did stop at an Island called Mandrogy where Gill went to a Matrioshka (the little nesting dolls)painting session while I wandered around the island. Pretty run down place and basically just for tourists with money to buy overpriced gifts.

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Aug 12, 2008 - Russia Wrap

DAY 30: Russia - Estonia Border At 2:00 this morning we arrived by train at the Estonian Border. We were sad to be leaving Russia after spending so much time there, but glad to be heading into more familiar territory in the European Union. Our train was comfortable, although we took regular seats for the overnight trip of 8 hours. We were prepared for the hard/straight wooden benches of Russian trains and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the station to find the soft/reclining seats of an Estonian train! Other backpackers on...

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Apr 12, 2007 - St Petersburg

Ben nu een paar dagen in St Petersburg. De sfeer in de stad is erg relaxed, het is een grote stad, maar zonder echt heel druk en hectisch te zijn. Het is dan ook goed te doen om zelf een beetje met de metro en te voet door de stad te trekken. En daar is genoeg te zien! De verhalen in de reisgidsen zijn niet gelogen, er is erg veel te zien en zeer veel grote, oude (pre-communistische), statige gebouwen. De rivier, de Neva, en de kanalen die door de stad lopen geven het ook een mooie sfeer. En genoeg catedralen en museau om in te verdwalen....

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Apr 10, 2007 - Day One in the big Russia house

I finally made it to St Petersburg after finaly getting the right terminal at Heathrow. When I arrived at the Airport my instructions were to pick up an English map from the information kiosk which shows where my hotel was. The kiosk was shut for renovation so I had so set off blindly. I knew which metro staion to get off at, so that was a start. I met some Aussies at the Airport who were going to the same stop, we decided to tackle the metro together, which made us really popular in rush hour. 3 people carry big rucksacks, every time I...

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Aug 9, 2006 - St Petersberg

After having spent 20 minutes writing a lovely account of our time in St Petersberg, the whole internet cafe crashed and I lost everything. with only a few minutes left i have to write a short summary of everything so far. so we woke up at stupid o'clock and left england. landed in St petersberg in the afternoon, very tired. a man was waiting outside the gate with our names on a board (something i have always through would be very cool - it wasn't really but reality rarely exceeds expectation) we were dropped at our hotels and had to lug...

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Jun 15, 2005 - Warm Welcome (St Petersburg)

I arrived on the overnight (slow sleeper) train from Moscow early-ish (8am) in the morning. We were not able to get into the hotel rooms til after 12 noon, so we were taken on a little City Tour by bus. However, we needed coffee, and soon. So, the local guide decided to take us to a gift shop (The Gallery) that gives out complimentary coffee. On entering the shop, I was greeted by a carrying a tray of shots. Down in one of course, as is the local custom. From there I headed off and got a coffee and sat down in the coffee area. I was told to...

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May 2, 2005 - Peter the Greats' ' Window on the West'

Greetings from Petrograd/Leningrad/St Petersburg....built out of a swamp by Peter the Great in the 17th Century(Its not just an impressive title - Peter was actually 6 ft 7!) My cavaties remained un-searched at the border...all I got was a scowl from the customs 'lady' - almost felt like I was missing out. By some modern miracle I navigated the St Petersburg metro upon my arrival...my knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet is next to nothing. This will have to improve. The hostel is fantastic - just round the corner from the Winter Palace and...

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Sep 11, 2004 - St.Petersburg

Well - we made it to St.Petersburg! We have a few minutes to spare before we get the train to Moscow and have learnt that you need to allow more time on-line when you're in Internet cafes!! St.Petersburg is very cool and we've had a great time walking around and seeing all the sights - photos to follow when we have more time! First impressions are that it is much more modern than expected - we didn't feel out of place at all and there were no queues or empty shops! The hotel was massive and over-looked St.Petersburg's equivalent of...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

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