Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Yaroslavl, Russia

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.

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Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous watery captures and I love your hat!! I always enjoy reading the history of the places you've visited, Kay! Hope your week is going well!


Vernz said...

Hello Kay, waaahhh I missed your blog... been crazy with my offline scheds lately,, I can't hardly get a handle of my

Wow you look great in your photo as always...

Happy Holidays from me to you :))))

All the best my blogging friend,

magiceye said...

looking lovely in your new hat!

lovely pics!

Powell River Books said...

Good hat for touring, light and airy. The history of Europe is so vast. I was a history major, but stuck with the US and Mexico. - Margy

Kim, USA said...

Russia has plenty of beautiful places. Thanks for sharing the photos!

The Flood Water

chubskulit said...

Your smile is contagious Kay!

My Watery. May you have a joyful holiday!

Martha Z said...

That is a pretty impressive fountain and a beautiful park. You sure do get to some interesting places.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Kay, I'm enchanted by so nice smile! you are adorable!
Wonderful pictures and place there.

Gattina said...

I think the hat suits you very well ! Beautiful pictures !

diane b said...

There is so much history in the world to soak up. Thanks for history lesson. It is an amazingly old place and beautiful too. handy to have a market with a hat. It looks cool (pun intended)

Linnea said...

I love your photos! Happy holidays!

Jenn Jilks said...

I love your hat! I love the photos.
Happy travels.
We have no water. Our ponds are frozen, quite, although we expect freezing rain today. Sigh.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I like your hat too and the photos. Thanks for sharing these. :-)

Genie said...

The more pictures I see from Russia the more fascinating it becomes. I have always thought of it as being a dark and dreary country, but through the photoblogging, I have found it to be beautiful with so many historical pieces of architecture to view. genie

Ann said...

I like this kind of fountain. In Singapore, tey used to have a muscial fountain in Sentosa.

Francisca said...

Before I even read your narrative about the hat I was going to comment how great it looks on you!

Kris said...

I beg your forgiveness for my cutting and pasting my comment, but there was no way on Earth I would be able to make it around the whole globe to wish everybody a Merry Christmas otherwise.

The magical elves that constitute my staff have demonstrated their lack of respect in either not showing up for work at all, or those that have all seem a little worse for wear (if you catch my drift). All they seem to do is sit around smoking cigarettes that, frankly, smell funny. In addition, they play cards and tell dirty jokes rather than do their jobs! Consequently, the reindeer are all filthy and out of shape.

I now have my two sons pulling the sleigh, but they are struggling. I’ve been told that it’s a big ask for a three and five year old, but I made it this far with a couple of mangy chooks, an arthritic wallaby and three peculiar wombats! Unfortunately, we lost all bar one wombat over Mumbai (and the sole survivor is exhibiting clear signs of PTSD).

Anyway, all the way down here at the bottom of the world (A.K.A. Tasmania), and from myself, Jen, Henry and Ezra, please have a Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice/Hanukkah/Festivus/Ashura and a happy New Year!

I hope that all of your holiday photos turn out to be triumphs, your stocking is stuffed full of lots of tasty treats and not coal and that all your naan/ prawn cocktails/ currywurst are all as tasty as can be!