First Day on the Volga River
Trip Start Sep 18, 2012
6Trip End Oct 06, 2012
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On our way to our first port of call, Uglich, we pass the famous bell-tower of Saint Nicholas's Cathedral (built in 1800) which rises high above the surface of the Volga River. Uglich is a city which has a population of about 38,700
Uglich is one of the ancient towns of the Upper Volga region. The name of Uglich perhaps derives it's name from the Russian word "ugol" meaning angle or corner; the Volga River makes a sharp angle here - the City of Uglich lies around the bend, around the corner.
The city has survived tremendous devastation from war, siege, and fire and was favored in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible. Not only did Ivan use Uglich for his campaigns, but he selected the city as the location of his seventh wife's honorary exile from Moscow.
His son Dimitry joined his mother here, only to be brutally murdered. His death is shrouded in mystery; did it happen before Ivan the Terrible's death, after his death,did he have epilepsy, did Ivan kill him,or did he at the age of 8 stab himself during an epileptic fit - who knows
Today it is slightly overcast and cool. The homes set back from the river banks are large and well kept. The Russians call them summer cottages. There are many people tent camping along the river. We had our first Russian lesson this morning.
We learned some basics:
Spa'siba. Thank you. Good morning. 'Dobraie 'Utra
Yes. Da. Good evening. 'Dobry 'Vecher
No. Niet. Beer. Pica
Expensive. 'doraga. Okay. Tak
We went through the first lock. I think we will be going through about 17 locks.
We had a Safety Drill! Good thing we did because I had no idea how to put on the life jacket.
We docked in Uglich at about 6:30 pm and began our land tour. We went to the Church of Saint Dimitry or known as Church-on-Blood, also known as Church of the Spilled Blood. Most churches do not allow pictures to be taken or do not allow pictures to be taken with a flash or charge you at least 100 rubles if you want to take pictures with or without a flash.
We had a fun evening with our host family :-) !