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Thursday, September 15, 2011

SkyWatch on the way to Mandrogy

The Viking Surkov sailed out of St. Petersburg at 7pm on August 13. The sky was getting quite dark by the time we reached the Oreshek Fortress at Shlisselburg, where the Neva River flows out of Lake Ladoga, so we were unable to get a clear photo. It was built in the early 14th century.

Wikipedia photo

The next morning, still making our way toward Mandrogy, we found the sky lighter, but no bluer.


We passed many different kinds of buildings.


These freighters are waiting for their turn to go through a lock.

By the time the Viking Surkov reached Mandrogy,
the sky had lost all color and was just white cloud.
Posted for SkyWatch Friday
the meme for people with their heads in the clouds (plenty here today).
To see other skies from other places, please click HERE!

26 comments:

TorAa said...

Very interesting - and the Vikings were there 1000-1200 years ago

Inger-M said...

Wow, what a trip you must have had! We love cruises too, but have never been on a river cruise yet. Great shots!

Diane said...

Love the water and boats. The one's you've captured are beautiful! :O)

diane b said...

I am really enjoying your cruise through Russia. I doubt I'll ever get there so it is great to be ablr to do it with you on the Viking Surkov

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures from your Russian trip! Looks as though you had some good weather and lovely skies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Kay! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Carver said...

You have been to so many beautiful and interesting places. Great shots.

Vernz said...

glad I came here today able to cruise one of Russia's famed waterway.

Mandrogy - that interesting castle...
thanks Kay for dropping by my blog.

Have a nice day!

with love from the Philippines!

Vernz

Lew said...

These are some fantastic scenes you have captured!

Dhemz said...

wow, how cool!

Karine said...

What a fascinating place! You're so lucky to be able to visit so many wonderful places.

J Bar said...

Interesting place.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. The fortress is interesting.

ladyfi said...

What an amazing adventure you've had!

Seasons said...

Sometimes the sky just hides in the background, to help us remember what we have down here. Some nice pictures along the banks of the Oreshek fortress, and structures much humbler in comparison.

Ebie said...

Mandrogy, I like the name. Their waterways is so wide. I want to tag-a-long with your adventurous travels!

P.S. The wind did not allow us to ride on that balloon, but I did one in 2009 on a hot air tethered ride. The last photo was not an aerial shot it was taken on ground, but there were so many cars parked so I had to crop it.

James said...

Looks like an amazing time! I've never been on a cruise but maybe that will change!

Indrani said...

Wow! Great trip.
Must remember this.

Gattina said...

Fortunately your pictures are more interesting then the different skies. I am more and more convinced that I have to do this cruise too or a similar one. For the moment our skies are boring too, grey !!

Cezar and Léia said...

wow so much beauty there!Wonderful set of pictures dear Kay, I'm enchanted for the boats!
Léia

eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful cruise, thanks for the lovely tour. Your photos are great. Happy skywatching!

SquirrelQueen said...

What interesting sights you had on your tour. I really like that last shot of the windmill?

Phil said...

Looks like a very interesting trip Kay with lots of photo opportunities. i think i would need a couple of photo cards at least if I went along that river. A shame about the lack of sun but you made the best of it.

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful photos!

Pat said...

What an interesting voyage you took, Kay! And you even were able to go through a lock. It looks like you saw fascinating buildings and scenery along the way.

Peg said...

You're travels are wonderful, I enjoyed scrolling through this trip with you. I've never had the opportunity to travel abroad. It's a pleasure to see real life things through a visitor eyes. Thank you for sharing and stopping by a traveler's thoughts, too.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice shots.

Regards and best wishes