2015 Travels – Russia

In September I went to Russia for ten days with a small group of old and new friends. I wished the itinerary had allowed for more time in Moscow – there are always so many favourite places I want to revisit – but we only had a day and a half there.  Still, it was a fascinating trip and I loved exploring the cities, churches and monasteries of Rostov, Yaroslavl and Kostroma, as well as spending time in the countryside.  It rained or was dull a lot of the time so unfortunately we didn’t experience a beautiful Indian Summer – known as ‘Women’s Summer’ or ‘Grandma’s Summer’ in Russia – though on the morning of the day we left, my friend Sarah and I walked in Gorky Park in glorious autumn sunshine. Click here for my photo book of the trip.


Spasso-Yakovlevsky monastery, Rostov


Inside the Rostov kremlin


War Memorial and Cathedral of the Dormition, Yaroslavl


On the Strelka (spit), Yaroslavl, at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl’ rivers


Ipatiev monastery, Kostroma




In Gorky Park, Moscow


View from Gorky Park over the Moskva river, looking towards the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour


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