Travel Journal

Vladimir and Suzdal (Russia)

(Thursday 21 June 2007) by Lynda
Vladimir, my first meeting with the real Russia. Arriving by train, no map and no hotel reservation....during holiday season, i must be silly...... But I'm a lucky one, with help from a very friendly young man I found a hotel room and the number of the tram to get back to the station and the city centre. Vladimir was ok but nothing special so the next morning I managed to buy a bus ticket to Suzdal. You could get really depressed from officials yelling "njet" to you when you ask a question in english. It can't be me because they also yell to local people so I think it must be in their genes or it's a requirement to get a job in the ticket office. Really strange that people in these more or less formal jobs don't speak a word of english.

More churches than inhabitants
More churches than inhabitants

I'm really glad not all russians behave like that; and to be honest, the nice people really outnumber the nasty njet-people. In the bus I met a friendly girl from Suzdal who took me all the way to my hotel. So sweet! And Suzdal is great, so quiet, green and photogenic. I love this place! I think I will spend 3 lazy days here, just strolling around, take pictures, read a book, eat more of these very tasteful blinis. Blinis (pancakes with funny stuffing) is Russia's biggest invention I think and I love it!! The town is great, all these small wooden houses, beautifully painted and really nice woodcarving. And all the churches; they say there are more churches and domes in Suzdal than people and I think they are right! I think you have to try hard to shoot a picture here without a towerbell or dome on it.

Charming wooden house in Suzdal
Charming wooden house in Suzdal

My hotel is also lovely, although a bit expensive, a 17th century wooden merchant house and two lovely ladies that run the place. They don't speak english but that doesn't stop them talking to me, so sweet! I really feel at home in their place. Nope, it's not the pink one on the picture. My hotel is surrounded by big trees so not really possible to shoot a good picture of it.

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