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Travel Blogs from Novgorod
Exiting the hotel, I made a beeline for the Kremlin. It was not long before the great brick walls loomed before me. I had seen pictures before of course but seeing it in person was something else entirely. I couldn't believe I was standing there! The massive red brick walls date from the 14th century for the most part but they replaced earlier …
This morning I say goodbye to Pskov and travel to see my dream destination: Veliki Novgorod
When I first became fascinated with Russia, it was Novgorod that drew my eye the most. Why, I'm not sure. But it has a very interesting history. It is one of oldest cities in Russia and still has the oldest stone building in the whole country. …
... preserve them. Some date back to the 1500s. The big churches are stunning, especially given not a single nail was used in their construction. Just carefully shaped logs. The buildings are set within a beautiful wooded setting. But I have to admit that after a while, I found myself getting a bit bored. I stopped at the cafe for lunch, had a bliny with honey and some red Russia tea (I think). Disappointing fare. It seems to be bloody hard to get good food ...
Anyway we drove into Novgorod, supposedly a UNESCO site… and drove through the 1960's style high-rises… and the tour guide started to warn us not to get our hopes up about the hotel. The bus started to grow quiet… and then we drove up to a Raddison… the bus exhaled. The rooms were so much nicer than the Hotel Moscow in St Petersburg.
The next morning we went for a visit to the Russian Banya in ...
... to say about it haha.
We then went to the Vitoslavlitsy museum of wooden architecture. This was a place of roughly 8-10 buildings from the early 19th century Russia. Most of the structures were houses and showed what the house of a person during that time would contain. We learned that due to the fact that heat rises, the children of the families would sleep on long shelves built in to the rafters while the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility