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... shops, and a wooden church. It was fairly interesting and pleasantly quiet. We then headed over to Torgovaya ploschad, Suzdal's market square. This is unmissable due to the stand-out trading arcades flanked by pillars. Along the western side of the square, dozens of young art students were busy trying to recapture the town's miniature skyline with paint and canvas. Some had done so very well. Along one side of the square is Graf Suvorov and Mead-Tasting ...
... guides have amazing knowledge of the history of Russia dating back over 1000 years so it's quite impressive to hear them rattle off all the facts and figures. Nadia was no exception and had it all down pat. Some of the other travellers thought she was a bit robotic but, as Steve will testify, some days you just go through the motions. You can't be up all the time. She certainly knew her ...
... some of its small grounds.
Dinner time wasn't too exciting, but a fun group dinner as the 9 of us ventured down the main street without the CEO. While the food wasn't too special, I did get to try one of Suzdal's known drinks: medovukha - which is like a honey cider. Some people here call it mead or honey wine, but it's much closer to a cider. It's quite good and refreshing.
... it now houses a small museum of ancient weapons as well as a great diorama of the Mongol sack of Vladimir, like Suzdal and pretty much every town in Russia at the time (except Novgorod and Pskov), Vladimir was devastated by the Mongols in the 13th century and never really recovered: the destruction allowed the small town of Moscow to gain preeminence.
After leaving the gate, I made my way back along Moscovskaya Ulitsa to ...
... foundations of the original church was on display. The only sign in English said:
Cathedral of the Navitity of the Virgin with the Passage to the Staircase Tower. 1158-1164, 18th century. Built in white stone as a part of the out-of-town residence of Andrei Bogolyubsky, Prince of Vladimir.
I had to put on a long wrap-around skirt and don my scarf as even long shorts were severely frowned-upon. The church was much like all the others: ...