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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Watery Wednesday: coming into Moscow

In the final days of our journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow on our August cruise holiday with Viking River Cruises, we saw many different things happening on the banks of the Volga River.
Having left the cool north behind and entered the river Russians call Mother Volga, we saw people camping, wading, swimming, boating and just enjoying the summer. When we began to see the city itself, the excitement mounted. Mysterious Moscow!
Well, from my posts over the past week, you'll have seen it wasn't darkly mysterious, but bright, exciting and, although welcoming, still somewhat mysterious to our western eyes. The people we saw along the river, however, were just people having fun, and some even appeared to be abandoning their work in order to swim!




© Photos by Richard Schear












The largest of the 12 bells in the Kalyazin campanile was cast in 1895 to commemorate the coronation of Nicholas II of Russia. When Joseph Stalin ordered the construction of the Uglich Reservoir in 1939, the old part of Kalyazin, including the St. Nicholas monastery, ended up underwater, leaving the bell tower rising 244 feet (74.5 metres) above the surface.




There are many canals in the city of Moscow, and some contain fountains with a little (centre) or a lot (right) of volume.
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14 comments:

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Looks like a nice place to visit and even to bathe.

greetings

Genie said...

What a fabulous to take a Viking Cruise down the Volga. You are one lucky gal. I must admit I am terribly envious. I just loved seeing all of your photos...it was like a little mini album. Wish you had included more. There are all fabulous. Did you get to see any Faberge eggs? In Richmond, VA, we have a FABULOUS collection of them. I am in love with them. Genie

Inger-M said...

What an amazing rip you had; great shots!

One said...

Thank you for sharing Moscow, a country that I am unlikely to see for myself.

Why do you find Moscow mysterious? I thought that many people enjoy the water, Western or Eastern...

Ebie said...

Russia is rich with history. One country I would love to visit someday.

Must be nice to be able to relax and swim (and get off work)

Gattina said...

Just like everywhere, you are right ! I am sure Stalin has damaged more historical things in his hatred against religion !

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such interesting sights along the Volga! The bell tower looks like a strange sculpture rising out of the water!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks God Stalin has no power anymore. The people swimming are just like you and me, enjoying themselves.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the largest of the bell towers photo!!!

Photos and Hodgepodge

Karen said...

Terrififc shots, I am so enjoying your tour of Russia!

Kim, USA said...

Kay, I feel I travel with you too. Your shots are awesome. I can't imagine how big is the monastery with that kind of bell, love the shots!

Watery Wednesday

jabblog said...

Fascinating! What happened to the community surrounding Kalyazin? Relocated, of course - and we're all guilty of that, sadly, through the centuries.

James said...

the Kalyazin campanile is amazing! It's ashame about the St. Nicholas monastery.

Cezar and Léia said...

That tower in Kalyazin is breathtaking!
Wonderful set of pictures, very well done!
Léia