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Travel Blogs from Suzdal
We seem to be under quite a massive cloud system as the cloud and rain stayed consistently even 250km away in Suzdal where we are spending the night. With breaks, the drive took nearly 6 hrs, but chalk it up to Russian traffic jams that meant cars were pretty much at a standstill.
On our dreary drive, we stopped by the city of Vladimir, which used to be the capital of Russia. With just ...
... for the night, I'm not complaining. Its quite homey. Just hope that the trains and my sore throat don't keep me up. Went back out and grabbed a cheap pizza for dinner. There is a joke that Russians put dill in every dish. Well tonight I had a Mexican pizza...covered in dill. No idea what it tasted like as my sense of taste has been robbed by this cold. Ah well. Tomorrow I move on to Nizhny Novgorod, my first major leg on the ...
... Moscow. I ate under the arcade before heading off to the Kremlin museums.
The Kremlin of Suzdal isn't like that of Novgorod, Pskov or Moscow in that it never had stone walls, only a most, and and an earthern rampart topped with wooden walls. When the Mongols sacked the town, I'm sure the Suzdalians regretted that decision. Nowadays only the most and earthern rampart remain. Within the Kremlin is the Cathedral of the Nativity, one of the oldest in Russia, and ...
... town of about 12,000 people and it is absolutely stunning! It's just what I need after Moscow. It's hard to believe that nearly 1000 years ago this was one of the most powerful cities in Russia. But as Moscow grew in power, Suzdal began to decline and once the railway bypassed it for Vladimir, most development went elsewhere. But that saved the town and has kept it in the picture postcard state it's in now.
The hostel ...
... which for a fussy eater like me, is quite a bonus. But we will get to
the food issue later!
So, Suzdal. It is a beautiful small town in a truly amazing setting. We
spent all the time we had walking around as it really was a gem of a town.
There is no shortage of things to do – after visiting all the main sights, you
could go for walks all around the city. The Kremlin, which was founded in the
11th century is over ...