Tag Archives: Golden Ring

The Russian Forest


Forest, Near the Bay of Finland, Russian Federation, 2008

European Russian is a geographically divided country. In the south stretches the grassy steppe, the territory of ancient Rus and the birthplace of the Russian state. In the north stretches great forests, the place of refuge for the Slavs from the invasion into the steppe by the Golden Horde in the 13th century. In these forests later arose the princedoms of the Golden Ring, Muscovy, and finally modern Russia. Continue reading


Azerbaijian Hospitality

Rostov, Russian Federation, 2008

Rostov, Russian Federation, 2008

During our tour of the Golden Ring of Russia, after we had toured Rostov the Great, Olga, Pavel, and I were guests at her uncle’s home in Rostov. In this parting photograph is Pavel, Olga’s uncle Nabi, her aunt Elya, Kamila, who is married to one of Olga’s cousins, and Olga. Olga, our first exchange daughter, is half-Azerbaijan from her father’s side of the family and her father is Muslim. Her mother is Russian and Russian-Orthodox. Olga was raised in the Russian-Orthodox church. Continue reading

Mouse Land

Mouse Museum, Myshkin, Russian Federation, 2008

Mouse Museum, Myshkin, Russian Federation, 2008

If you are looking to find some entrepreneurial spirit in Russia, you can can find it in the Golden Ring north of Moscow in the village of Myshkin.  Armed with not much more than its name, the residents of Myshkin have developed their little town into an off-beat destination with international aspirations. Disneyland it is not, but Micky Mouse is still an honored citizen. Continue reading

Be Careful! Tea Kettles!

"Danger, Tea Kettles", Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russian Federation, June 2008

"Be Careful! Tea Kettles!", Tea Kettle Museum, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russian Federation, June 2008

In the Golden Ring north of Moscow, outside of Pereslavl-Zalessky where Alexander Nevsky was born, and near Lake Pleshcheyevo on which a young Peter the Great sailed his boats, is located the funky little Tea Kettle Museum. Continue reading