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Has anybody visited Russia (not St. Petersburg ar Moscow)?

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1. Posted by ViajeraRus (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Has anybody ever been to Russia? I mean real Rusia. Moscow an St. Petersburg are typical european cities, but the real Russia is in villages (there's a joke like "... well, this is what happens in Moscow, but here in Russia...""). May be you aven't been to villages, may be just some other place. For example I live in Chelyabinsk (it's in Ural).

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Welcome aboard, Namowami!

I think a lot of people on this board have been to Russia, actually. I myself took the train from Moscow to Irkutsk, spending some time in Irkutsk before heading down into Mongolia. It was only for 5 days, but lots of time spent hanging around and trying (poorly) to communicate with the mainly local clientele on the train. I know that many other people on this board have spent a lot more time in Russia.

Greg

3. Posted by ViajeraRus (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Welcome aboard, Namowami!

I think a lot of people on this board have been to Russia, actually. I myself took the train from Moscow to Irkutsk, spending some time in Irkutsk before heading down into Mongolia. It was only for 5 days, but lots of time spent hanging around and trying (poorly) to communicate with the mainly local clientele on the train. I know that many other people on this board have spent a lot more time in Russia.

Greg

I'm glad to know about this. Before I visited the USA, for example, I thought that americans don't know anything about Russia. Well, those who frequently go on business trips may be do, but just regular people... So I worked in a supermarket and many people asked me from which place I was (because of the accent). So when I told them, that I was from Russia, city named Chelyabinsk, some people said "Ural! Ural Mountains!" (though there are no mountains in Chelyabinsk, but they are quite close).
It was (and it is) good to meet such people.

4. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

I visted both fake and real Russia this spring. I tended to enjoy the real Russia more. I visited several towns in the Golden Ring, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Anapa (I wonder if this seaside resort should be part of fake Russia?) and Smolensk. My reccommedation, "go south young man!"

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 7, 2007, at 3:39 PM by Showdogs1 ]

5. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I am taking a Volga River cruise in late September for 13 days beginning in St. Petersburg and ending in Moscow. The ship will make 6 stops between the two cities; Uglick, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi, Mandrogui.

If anyone has taken this trip or even a similar trip or visited any of the above mentioned villages I would welcome any comments. Spasibo.

jac

6. Posted by geronimio (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I did the car tour from St Petersburg to Belozersk - Vologda - Jaroslavl- Kostroma-Ples-Ivanovo-Vladimir- Razan- Tula- Moscow- St Petesrburg.
I would say that the North of Russia (Belozersk - Vologda) are nice, people are friendly. Jaroslavl - is nothing special.
Kostroma has wonderful ancient Ipatjev monastery - from where Romanov's are. Worth to visit.
Ples is a kind of Carmel of Volga. I would say - number #1 from all the journery.
Other old cities along the Volga in the Ivanovo oblast are extremly not friendly. People there are very poor and looks like prisoners. Near Vladimir there is a brilliant 12th cent church - Nerl - visit it.
Moscow - not a place to live, visit and drive. Drivers there are absolutly wild.
So that was very briefly. If you will have questions - will be happy to answer.

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