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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #390 on: January 08, 2011, 10:15:38 PM »
Given our length of travel lets grab a bite of lunch and a good a place as any is the Grandfather Frost Cafe.


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We'll wish to make a visit to the city museum a part of our plans. First established in 1910 as part of one of the local monasteries, the museum houses a unique collection of local fine art, icons and artifacts rescued after the Communist destruction of local churches, and many quality crafts made in the region.

Museum website (English): http://www.ustjug.museum.ru/eng/

As with most small towns you can see local people out and about even on snowy and cold days like this.


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #391 on: January 09, 2011, 07:27:31 PM »
"Winter Evening"
Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin

The mist of the storm covers the sky,
The whirlwinds of snow are spinning;
Now, like a wild beast it calls,
now it cries like a child,
Now about the roof, decrepit,
Suddenly it rustles the thatches,
Now, like a traveler overdue,
to us on the window knocks.

Our ancient hut
is mournful and gloomy.
Why have you, my old lady,
Become silent at the window?
Is it the howl of the tempest
That makes you, my friend, fatigued,
Or are you drowsing under the hum
Of your spindle?

Let's drink good friend
Of my poor youth,
Let's drink away grief; where is the tankard?
It will make our hearts gay.
Intoxicate, me with a song, like a titmouse
Quietly living across the sea;
Intoxicate me with a song, like a girl
Who went for the water in the morning.

The mist of the storm covers the sky,
The whirlwinds of snow are spinning;
Now, like a wild beast, it calls,
Now it cries, like a child.
Let's drink, good friend
Of my poor youth,
Let's drink away grief; where is the tankard?
It will make our hearts gay.


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #392 on: January 12, 2011, 12:29:00 AM »
Nothing like being able to slip out of town for the holiday...especially if you're the President of Russia. The town of Ivanovo, part of Russia's famous Golden Ring, is certainly the perfect place for a president and his wife to slip out of town for a few days.

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Wile in Ivanovo President and Mrs Medvedeva visited Orphanage No.3 and wished the children living there a Merry Christmas. The orphanage received a new bus and a high-technology computer classroom for Christmas. In addition, funds will be allocated from the Presidential Reserve Fund for renovating the orphanage.


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While there, the President met with educators working in Ivanovo orphanages to discuss issues of their remuneration, the problem of child orphanhood, and many others. The meeting also discussed the necessity to develop a legal framework for centres training foster parents.


More photos available at the Mendeleyev Journal.


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #393 on: January 18, 2011, 10:11:03 PM »
Wow, the holidays got to all of us I think and it's time to finish quickly the tour of Grandfather Frost's hometown. As with most Russian towns the ancient churches are of great interest.


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Excellent explanation of city sights: http://www.pomorsu.ru/Brumfield/velikii_ustiug.htm


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #394 on: January 18, 2011, 10:21:13 PM »
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An interesting feature of the Great Ustyug is the complete absence of any kind were ancient wooden structures. Until the mid-17 th century, the city did not know of another building material than wood, but the second half of the 17 th century is the period of flowering of his stone religious architecture. Go to the brick building was associated with an exceptional wealth of the city. merchants and clergy. Wooden churches were replaced by stone, and after a major fire in 1772 is widely deployed in the construction of stone houses. The city is the stone walls have never been and after the Troubles had not been updated and is not used.

The Council's Courtyard - the main temple ensemble Great Ustyug. Includes: Cathedral of the Assumption 1652-1663, with a bell tower, the cathedral of Procopius the Righteous in 1668, the Cathedral of St. John Ustyug 17-19 centuries, Bishop's House 18 th century, as well as several churches and a number of outbuildings. It is recommended to mandatory inspection.

Church of the Ascension in the Market Place - in 1648, the earliest extant monuments Ustyug stone architecture. One of the most impressive temples Great Ustyug. You need to see both outside and inside.

Michael the Archangel monastery is the second most important architectural ensemble of the city, the main stone buildings which are built in the second half of the 17 th century.

The streets of old town - in the first place we can recommend a walk through the former Soviet Avenue (main street of the old town) and along the waterfront of the Sukhona river which runs parallel. The length of both streets is about a mile.

House Shilov - one of the most interesting Ustyug merchant houses, built in the 60 years the 18 th century Baroque. It is recommended to mandatory inspection.

Dymkovo Sloboda - the church band, located on the other side Sukhona of the Cathedral's Court . Two churches early 18 th century. Stunning views of the Great Ustyug.

Trinity-Gleden Monastery - located 4 km from the city on the opposite right bank Sukhona in the place where it merges with the South, giving rise to the Little North Dvina. Somewhere near here was an ancient city Gledius Chud. The exact location of his whereabouts unknown. The monastery is open for inspection only in summer. Definitely worth a look at the carved royal doors at Holy Trinity Cathedral and the iconostasis itself.

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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #395 on: January 18, 2011, 10:48:34 PM »
Travel publication Hidden Europe #5 puts it best, Veliky Ustyug is one of the oldest towns in Russia, a place that history somehow left behind. From a distance, it is untouchably beautiful, the sort of place that should only Qgure in
Qlms. Close up, its charms are o!set by last year’s rubbish and a social malaise that is so common in rural Russia. It is a place that history forgot, and a place that forgot its own history.



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While it is no longer necessary to travel for days on a barge up the river from Arkhangelsk, the daily train from the northern port to Kotlas, the nearest railhead for Veliky Ustyug, takes nineteen hours for the eight hundred kilometres journey through Russian wilderness. With no dining car, limited creature comforts and forty three stops en route, this is not a journey for the faint hearted.


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It is only in recent years that Veliky Ustyug has found itself in the limelight again primarily because of its most famous resident, Grandfather Frost.


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #396 on: January 19, 2011, 09:38:03 AM »
Visitors could easily spend a week touring northern Russia and visiting Veliky Ustyug for an exotic encounter with Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden.

Getting to Veliky Ustyug seems to get a little easier each year and with discount airlines now including Moscow in their schedules the trip has never been easier. Direct trains from Moscow’s Yaroslavsky station take upwards of eighteen hours to Kotlas and from there the journey can be completed in an hour or so by bus.

So since we've already arrived in town lets take the little road out to the GF Frost hideaway.


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #397 on: January 19, 2011, 10:16:49 AM »
Okay, looks like we've arrived.


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We'll walk over to the right and look at the compound directions.


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To make it easy for visitors there are signs and even a map. (One common Russian term for map is "plan.")

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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #398 on: January 19, 2011, 01:32:26 PM »
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Once inside the area there are displays of various animals and local crafts. We're going to go the northern hideaway of Grandfather Frost!


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Wowsky! Even a local "tram" to ride!


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Re: A Snowy Eastern Christmas
« Reply #399 on: January 19, 2011, 01:48:26 PM »
Looks like Grandfather Frost may be going out for a late delivery.


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Don't you just love a wooden porch/veranda!


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