Monthly Archives: December 2010

Around the World in 50 days – the White Lake and beyond

Lake Beloye The “White Lake” (Beloye Ozero in Russian) is one of my primary destinations. This is the place where the Belozersk principality existed hundreds of years ago. The progenitors of the Ukhtomskiys – the Belozersk Princes – ruled here. (I use … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Kizhi

I wake up in the morning to the sound of birds tweeting on the radio and then Diana Ross’ “Do you Know Where you’re Going To?” which is kind of an interesting choice. They like to play this song in the … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Svirstroi and Mandrogi

Cruising the Northern Waterways on the Sergey Kuchkin              Traveling alone occasionally makes for awkward moments.  For example, during the cruise, we are assigned to a table for meals in the dining room. When I … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Valaam

Valaam is an archipelago of islands in Lake Ladoga, the largest freshwater lake in Europe. It is in the Russian Republic of Karelia, which borders Finland. The name Valaam  comes from a Finno-Ugric word meaning “high ground.” During the night, as … Continue reading

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