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St. Petersburg to Moscow on the "Waterways of the Czars"

The "Ivan Bunin (Vatchenko)," approaching the dock at night in Yaraslavl, after re-fueling. (Gassing-up took a long time and we shivered waiting too-long on the dock; dinner was late.)
 
The "Ivan Bunin (Vatchenko)," approaching the dock at night in Yaraslavl, after re-fueling. (Gassing-up took a long time and we shivered waiting too-long on the dock; dinner was late.)

 

Travel from St. Petersburg to Moscow was by boat - 1,600 km, with a side trip of 150 km (one-way) to Kizhi Island. Images include scenes on the boat and along the way. Sometimes called the "water ways of the czars," rivers and lakes are connected by canals from the River Neva in St. Petersburg, to the Volga in Moscow.

The "Ivan Bunin (Vatchenko)," approaching the dock at night in Yaraslavl, after re-fueling. (Gassing-up took a long time and we shivered waiting too-long on the dock; dinner was late.) The Ivan Bunin docked in St. Petersburg., housing 239-285 passengers in 140 cabins. Operated by Orthodox Cruise Co., the Bunin was built ~1990 and renovated in 2004-07. Length: 423 ft (129 m); staff and Crew: 125. Two restaurants in the stern and two bars facing the bow, offering a nice view of waterways while cruising. Betty on stern of the Bunin with Russian flag Stern of tour boats Roger in front of our cabin door Betty in front of cabin door View from the window of our cabin - notice the trees on the bank of the waterway Another view from the window: there were many trees on undeveloped lands along the waterways The cabins were quite small - barely big enough for two. Beds were more like cots suspended from the walls and they folded-up if needed. Storage of personal items was in shelves over the bed. Betty thought the pillows were placed on our beds to resemble a shark fin There was a small fridge at the end of my bed and a closet for hanging clothing Betty takes laps around the deck of the Bunin Elderhostel travelers worked-out by walking around the boat in the mornings Elderhostlers from the Northwest One of many tour boats plying the waterway Boats were lined-up cheek-to-jowl at Kizhi  Island five abreast here Tour boat near Kizhi Island Six boats, cheek-to-jowl Looking back toward dock at Kizhi Island - several boats left in a group. We had to go back to pickup some of our fellow Elderhostelers who were late back to the dock. Several tour boats docked side-by-side at Kizhi Island. One went ashore by walking through each boat, one after another, to the dock. There was a lot of commerce on the waterway Tankers on the wateway Betty says hello to a horse at our first stop - a tourist trap named Mondrogy Home at Mondrogy - notice cut-work in wood around windows A home at Mondrogy Close-up of gate to home at Mondrogy Putin's dacha at Mondrogy (we weren't supposed to take pictures) A "dacha" and other structures along the waterway A colorful view along the waterway View of homes and boat houses along the waterway Colorful view along the waterway Veiw along waterway Lock on waterway A lock wall Lock worker monitors closure of lock gate Locks from a distance - a vehicular bridge also crosses the lock A speed boat passes us as we near the larger cities nearer Moscow Betty on the stern with Russian flag We approach larger cities Colorful view along waterway Homes along waterway View along waterway Church viewed from waterway Church viewed from waterway Church viewed from waterway - with blue domes this time Silvery domed church View approaching Moscow Russian sub on display - Moscow Russian plane on display along waterway, Moscow
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