Русская версия If tourists only knew about the existence of Kozmodemyansk, they would never go to the places like Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kamchatka, Karelia, Baikal, and other popular regions and cities of Russia. We are absolutely serious: Kozmodemyansk is Russia off the beaten path with unique charm and not less attractions per capita than in Moscow; these attractions are also very unusual. Moreover, there is a lot to see nearby: in Mari Republic, Chuvashia, and Tatarstan.
Русская версия We spent four days in Irkutsk, but could not see this city as we wanted to. There are actually several reasons. One of them is nearby attractions such as Listvyanka and Taltsy to which we dedicated quite some time. The second reason is the fact that Victor’s colleague and friend Dima lives in Irkutsk. With him and his nice and hospitable family, we also spent some time. We will tell about these things later, but today we are starting with the third reason – ticks.
Русская версия After visiting Ladoga Lake surroundings including the marble factory, we continued travelling around Karelia to get acquainted with the ancient architecture of this area – the traditional villages which form the so-called Svyatozero necklace.
Русская версия We are very far from being the fans of organized tours, especially after some unpleasant experiences, for instance, in Abkhazia and Zanzibar. This negative experiences, however, may be contested by the positive ones, such as tours in Kamchatka or Olkhon Island in Baikal. Similarly, the guided tour to Arshan (we walked around it on our own a lot too) also left us with great impressions we are going to share with you.
Русская версия Kazan is undoubtedly one of the most interesting cities in Russia. It includes a lot of history (being 1000 years old), culture, religion, and vivid alternative cultural life. All in all, it will suit the traveler of any interests. You should plan at least two days for Kazan!