When we went ashore from the Viking Surkov to visit the city of Yaroslavl in August, I realized I had forgotten to wear a hat. Fortunately, our first stop was at a public market, where I found just what I was looking for—a shady, air-conditioned chapeau. Our next stop was near this fountain, where I could rest in cool comfort while my intrepid photographer wandered off with his camera.
© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear
Yaroslavl is a perfect Russian city for Watery Wednesday, located as it is at the confluence of two of its rivers: the mighty River Volga, left, and the Kotorosl River, right. The oldest settlement at this site is Neolithic, making Yaroslavl the oldest of all the currently existing towns on the Volga.
Prince Yaroslav the Wise is seen in this painting, with the bear he is said to have killed before founding the city which bears his name (no pun intended). Yaroslav, who ruled from 988-1010AD, first stepped ashore near the area shown in the large photo above, now a favorite contemporary park.