Sunday, May 29, 2011

Friday May 13 Uglich, Russia

DAY 5, Friday - Uglich City Tour
This afternoon, arrive in Uglich, one of Russia's oldest cities. Famous in Russian history for the dynastic crisis known as the Time of Troubles, which followed the suspicious death of Prince Dimitry (Ivan the Terrible's youngest son), Uglich is a popular stop when sailing the Volga due to its historic architecture and charm. Enjoy a tour of the city, including visits to the Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of Prince Dimitry. This evening, enjoy dinner and the night at leisure on board.
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning was spent sailing to Uglich and I can always find ways to keep myself (and so can DH) occupied.

As we sailed the shoreline was dotted with small dachas (cottages as well call them).

Around 1pm we passed Kaliazin (Kalyazin) a flooded bell tower that is all that remains of the tower of St. Nicholas Church - an historical and architectural monument located on artificial island in Uglich reservoir 200 meters away from the bank of Kalyazin town, Tver region, Russia. The Bell Tower was constructed in 1800 and was a part of Nikolo-Zhabensky monastery. In the 1930s when creating Uglich reservoir and Uglich hydroelectric power plant on the Volga river, the Nikolskiy monastery was demolished and the Bell Tower was partly flooded. Later its foundation was reinforced and a little artificial island with a berth was built around the Tower. 

We arrived at Uglich around 5pm and this was the view as we approached the town from the boat.

Taken through the cabin window

A band awaited

 More music as we crossed bridge

 Our favourite guides Sergei and Olga

 More music of a classical kind you can listen to them here
 Time to shop

 Heading back on board

Back on board 

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