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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Mandrogy to Kizhi

After leaving the rebuilt town of Mandrogy, the Viking Surkov headed for its northernmost port, the open-air museum on the island of Kizhi, where people had settled as early as the 15th century.
Summer in Kizhi is pleasantly warm, although not hot, as it lies at a latitude of 62.4 degrees north. The Arctic Circle is 66.3 degrees north. Skagway, Alaska, is 59.27 degrees north.
Kizhi is in Lake Onega, the second-largest lake in Europe, after Lake Ladoga, the lower reaches of which we had already passed through the night we left St. Petersburg on our holiday with Viking River Cruises.
The island of Kizhi contains many old houses, two of which are original, with the rest having been brought in from other locations. The highlights of the open-air museum are considered to be the two domed churches and bell-tower built in the 18th century, entirely of wood, without the use of nails.




Photos taken from the deck of the Viking Surkov


© Photos by
Richard Schear
and
Kay Davies
Russia, August, 2011

while traveling with







Posted for Watery Wednesday

30 comments:

aka Penelope said...

Some of these photos are truly exquisite and would make lovely art cards, Kay! And that structure with the pyramid of domes must be so stirring to see in real life. The largeness of the lake obviously provided you with many gorgeous water views along your journey. :)

Fran said...

All I can say is Wow - thanks for showing us these wonderful images x

Dianne said...

What a wonderful part of the world - excellent for Watery Wednesday!

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Lovely shots, most I like the last one :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Exquisite, shapely detail in those domes! They fascinate me! And love the other glimpses of your journey!

Seasons said...

The pictures from Kizhi and others from Russia show beautiful craftsmanship and architecture. Excellent picture of the ripples on lake Onega. Thanks, Kay and Richard!

Lesley said...

Those domed churches are amazing looking. I wonder why so many domes?

clairz said...

You have been to such amazing places. Since our train trip, we are determined to keep on traveling. I'm going to check out Viking River Cruises and perhaps add it to our dream vacation list. Thank you for your blog, it is always an inspiration--now, more than ever! (Now that we have declared ourselves travelers, I mean).

Vagabonde said...

You must have had a wonderful time on your Russian cruise. We went to St Petersburg in 2005 – we rented an apartment – but at the time I only had a film camera, so my pictures are not too good. I like your photo of the water forming soft waves and the pink glow – very nice.

Ebie said...

I love the shot of the water ripples, especially with a touch of the sunlight.

Kim, USA said...

Oh my I can't believe this is made of wood without nails? Amazing!!

Watery Wednesday

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

All the remarkable history and architecture and cities that you saw on your cruise were wonderful -- but I think I'd have enjoyed as much just being on the boat and watching the water as the boat cruised along. All of these are wonderful shots.

Linnea said...

Very picturesque...you really got around on that cruise!

Debbie Smith said...

Hi Kay,

I agree with Ebie....fantastic shot of the ripples! What a very interesing place. The picture of the homes across the water reminds me in a way of a fishing village on the Atlantic Coast.
When and where is your next trip???
Hope all is well!
Debbie

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great shots, what a beautiful place.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the ripples on the water. The houses have a rustic. Just cruising the waterways on your trip gave you some great views.

The landscape and river remind me of Fairbanks, AK (I believe it's about 64 degrees north). I would imagine the climate is about the same.

Mara said...

That ripple effect in the seventh photo actually made me feel a bit seasick, even though it's a fantastic shot!

Mr Puddy said...

I like no # 7 , so amazing beautiful !!! ( But I just have a look, Kay. My rule I won't go near big river )
Hugs

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting and beautiful place, the nature is wonderful!
Léia

Karen said...

An interesting place! I love the ripples on the water shot.

jabblog said...

I cannot imagine how a wooden structure was built without nails. What craftsmanship!

Grandma's Goulash said...

Thanks for the visual vacation. These photos are wonderful. I loved the fence photo, it is reminiscent of some from my youth (New England, not Russia!).

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Dhemz said...

wow! great shots Ms. Kay...thanks for taking us to Russia...glad to be here...thanks for dropping by...much appreciated!

chubskulit said...

I love that pinkish reflection of the sky in the wavy water.

Beautiful shot!

Please come and see our Fun at the Lake

Vernz said...

Hi Kaye. sorry, I'm last on the list heheh... thank you for dropping by my blog.

the last photo is so nostalgic.. I so love it.. indeed a photo can tell a thousand words... awesome..

regards,
Verna

Francisca said...

Another wonderful slice of Russia. My sister and her hubby build houses without nails in BC using the tongue and groove method. :-)

Jenn Jilks said...

Amazing photos. What a different world.

Julie said...

I imagine this to be wall to wall white during the long and dark winter.

Margaret Duarte said...

You are so fortunate to have traveled and seen so much. How amazing the world is.

Phil said...

Hi Kay, We have the River Ribble but it looks like you found the River Ripple with that brilliant shot. Not sure how much time you got on land but Russia looks a great place to explore still.