Driving 200 kms to Stara Ladoga -St. Petersburg
Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
14Trip End Oct 24, 2010
Driving 200 km to Stara Ladoga
We had to wake up earlier today as we are driving about 200 kms away from St. Petersburg to the countryside. We are visiting Stara Ladoga today and I am indeed anxious to get an idea of Russia's countryside.
Russian coffee and a breakfast with a variety of different delicacies. I begin to enjoy my Russian coffee every morning and don’t regret that I forgot to bring my own coffee along.
We set off a little before 10:00 a.m and we pass through the Industrial Area of St. Petersburg. High chimneys with smoke or fumes coming out from factories, - a common scene of every huge city.
However, in a while we are out in the real countryside. I wonder if we can see any deer jumping in the fields like in Germany, or if there are any pheasants with their beautiful colorful feathers, but Kate tells me there are not any of these two kinds here. Actually there are huge reindeers here!
We are heading towards Stara Ladoga which in the ancient years used to be a famous capital. The town extends for one and a half km along the left bank of the Volkhov river from South to the North.The word stara or "Staraya" in Russia means Old.
The basic architectural layout of the town as seen in the present day was already formed by the 12th century
It is a sunny but a very cold day, we park the car and on foot we walk towards the Uspensky Convent.
We enter the door and we are found in a huge courtyard with a beautiful garden and many buildings as well as three Churches. The first one opens only during the summer, so we walk pass the garden and leaded by a nun we walk towards the other two churches.
It is still early in the morning so the nuns and people working here are busy.
From time to time we see one or two nuns or men working in the courtyard.
The buildings besides the churches seem to be abandoned.
(See pictures from our visit here).