Old Estate Hotel & Spa
Travel Blogs from Pskov
... s office" which had two real life rats in a cage! Other exhibits included treasures of Estonia, the history of the university's societies and famous discoveries made by those who attended Tartu University. It was possible to go down in the oldest lift in Tartu which made us feel like we were in John MacIntyre's in Mitchell Lane! At the other end of the cathedral you can go up both of the towers and marvel at the views across Tartu, with church spires ...
... in a five bed dorm with an Australian guy who is working his way South after a snowboarding season in the US. The hostel had free "Tartu in your Pocket" guides so we could see some places where we could potentially stay for the following two nights as our hostel is full. We spent quite a while wandering the outskirts of the town knocking on doors but although a lot of places had a room for tomorrow, hardly any had a room for Saturday. At the university accommodation the lady ...
... bus turned up on time and 45 minutes latest I got off at Izborsk.
Izborsk is one of the oldest towns in Russia, first settled by Varangian (basically Vikings headed east) adventurers in the 10the century. Today it is a sleepy village that has the remains of the oldest Kremlin (fortress) in Russia. After a short walk north from the bus stop I found the Kremlin. It was absolutely stunning. The stone walls are quite high and several metres thick, and encompass numerous ...
... towns in Russia. So I'm going from one of the newest towns straight to the oldest. The train left Vitebsky Station at 6:45. I booked myself a window seat so I could see the countryside. There were six seats to a compartment and all the seats in mine were occupied. As the train left the station, I felt a sense of excitement that my journey was continuing but still a little sad to be leaving St Petersburg.
... of duels – 29 in total) and his death is considered a catastrophe for Russian literature. He is buried at Svyatagorsky Monastery, quite close, and we visited his grave as well.
We also visited Izborsk, a town near Pskov with one of the oldest stone fortresses in all of Russia (the largest tower was built in 1330). The fortress afforded lovely views of the countryside and, as I love castles, it was fun to walk around. We ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service