Completed trips 2015

JULY 2015 TRIP WITH TONY CHILDS AND ROBIN PURCHASE.

THE TRIP IS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.    TONY & ROBIN ARE HAPPY.

July 6. Meeting in Domodedovo (Moscow).

July 7 - July 22. Domodedovo – Borodino (the 1812 Napoleon war major battlefield) – Staritsa (a nice monastery – the favorite retreat of one the most well-known and controversial Russian tsars Ivan the Terrible) – Lake Seliger (a nice monastery located on an island, site of Polish POW death camp, tasting smoked eels born in the Sargasso Sea) – Ostashkov – Volgoverkhovie (the source of the Volga River) – Staraya Russa (spa resort since 1828, tasting medicinal mineral water flowing from underground, Dostoevsky’s town) – Veliky Novgorod (an ancient Kremlin, the Millennium of Russia monument) – Pskov – Izborsk (an ancient fortress) – Pechory (on the Estonian border, a very beautiful monastery) – Pushkinskie Gory (a real estate and the grave of the most famous Russian poet Pushkin killed at a duel in 1837; he was black by the way, afrorussian) – Smolensk – Katyn (shooting grounds of thousands of Polish POW in 1940, site of the Polish presidential plane crash in 2010) – Bryansk – Oryol – Kursk – Prokhorovka (the WWII largest tank battlefield) – Belgorod – Voronezh by secondary roads across mid-Russia rural countryside via the area called Divnogorie (Wonder Hills) with a very unusual monastery – Zadonsk (see worshippers flocking the very impressive monastery) – Elets (a quiet provincial town with a disproportionally huge cathedral) - Lipetsk – Tambov – Penza – Saransk – Ulyanovsk (Lenin’s hometown) (Heavy drinking and eating at my dacha. Sauna with a barbaric Russian tradition of beating yourself with a bundle of birch or oak twigs) - from Ulyanovsk across rural areas – Bolgar (ancient state of Turkish people; remains of old town + modern snow white mosque) (tasting smoked mid-Volga sturgeon) – Kazan - island-town of Sviyazhsk – Cheboksary – Yoshkar-Ola – Nizhny Novgorod by secondary roads across rural areas thru dense forests and small villages with unexpectedly big palaces and monasteries – Murom (one of the oldest Russian towns) – Ryazan – Kulikovo Pole (the 1380 major battle with invading Mongols) – Yasnaya Polyana (Leo Tolstoy’s real estate, Leo’s grave) – Tula – Kozelsk (one of the major Russian orthodox church monasteries) – Kaluga – Domodedovo.


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JUNE 2015 TRIP WITH JOHN BURKE

THE TRIP IS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.   JOHN IS HAPPY.

June 6. Meeting in Orenburg.

June 7 - July 1: Orenburg - Magnitogorsk - Chelyabinsk - Kurgan - Omsk - Novosibirsk - Tomsk - Mariinsk - Abakan - Askiz - mountain pass - Kyzyl- Abakan - Krasnoyarsk - Kemerovo - Gorno-Altaisk - Kosh-Agach (The Golden Mountains of Altai)– Byisk - Barnaul - Novosibirsk - Omsk - Tyumen - Tobolsk (+ Pokrovskoe & Abalak) - Surgut - Noyabrsk - Kogalym - Khanty-Mansyisk - Serov - Verkhoturie - Nevyansk - Yekaterinburg.


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MAY 2015 TRIP WITH LARRY LEVENTHAL

The trip is successfully completed.   Larry is happy.

May 6 - June 2.  Ufa - Sterlitamak - Orenburg - Magnitogorsk - Kurgan - Omsk - Petropavlovsk in Kazakhstan - Astana - Karaganda - Pavlodar - Semipalatinsk - Ust-Kamenogorsk - Barnaul (back in Russia) - Akademgorodok - Gorno-Altaysk - Novokuznetsk - Kemerovo - Krasnoyarsk - Abakan - Mariinsk - Tomsk - Novosibirsk - Tatarsk - Ishim - Shadrinsk - Lake Turgoyak - Ufa.


 

MArch 2015 TRIP WITH kolja spori and michael von hassel

The trip is successfully completed.   Kolja and Michael are happy.

March 22 - April 2.  Moscow - Ivanovo - Kostroma - Yaroslavl - Vologda - Totma - Veliky Ustyug - Kirov - Perm - Ivdel - village of Vizhai - four days in taiga by snowmobile to Man-Pupu-Ner plateau - village of Vizhai - Ivdel - Yugorsk - Khanty-Mansiysk - Tobolsk - Tyumen - Yekaterinburg - Votkinsk - Izhevsk - Ulyanovsk - Moscow.

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