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Alone in Vologda



I found myself in Vologda near the end of winter. The last journey was unique because I was left alone a lot and forced to handle the challenges of visiting places in Russia without the aid of a native speaker. About Vologda, I don't have much to say. I had no idea what to see here, with the exception of the Kremlin and a bunch of ancient churches. These are the same attractions appearing in almost every Russian town, and I was bored with these landscapes after visiting the Golden Ring cities. The day was cold, rainy and grey. A completely expressionless sky, not one cloud or hint of color, so even taking photos was no fun. Maybe I was just tired after the long road trip, but I found this city to be depressing and uninteresting.Read more...Collapse )

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scorp_takoi
Sep. 13th, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
Today I have back from the trip to Northern Ural and yesterday I was driving the car in Vologda while the back way. Really I wanted to visit this town for a long ago. Other name of Vologda is "Gates to Russian North". I drove the car on the street from your twelth photo. It's funny to see this place on you photo :-) Really this place is scary. But this street was the only scary place while I crossed the town from the north to the south. I saw that Vologda is a very pretty town and I want to visit it personally, not as an intermediate town where I hadn't a time to stop even.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 14th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's more cheerful and lovely in summer and autumn. :) In winter, I found it to be depressing and gloomy. It would have helped if I could have walked around with a local, but unfortunately my readers who live in the area emailed me too late and we weren't able to meet.
livejournal
Sep. 26th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
In the City of Brides - Ivanovo, Russia
User lm_orfey referenced to your post from In the City of Brides - Ivanovo, Russia saying: [...] we visited in March, except that the Soviet legacy seemed stronger here than in places like Vologda [...]
(Anonymous)
Dec. 29th, 2015 06:18 am (UTC)
About Vologda
Good day! My name is Artem, i'm 35 and I'm living in Vologda. I was surprised about your post. It was very fun to learn an American look at my province city. When you come here next time, may be in the summer, I promise to show you all the sightseeng places of my town, of course a lace museem too :). My skype is UpadSkype. See you!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 29th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: About Vologda
Hi Artem! Thanks for your message and for the invitation to show me around the city next time! I'm not sure when I'll return to Russia. My tourist visa is now expired, and I don't want to pay to renew it. Lots of other countries and places to explore! Cheers! :)
konvinsky_67
Jan. 25th, 2016 08:26 am (UTC)
Vologda is my hometown and it is very nice and quet town. Sometimes boring but now there were some night places for dance and a lot of cafes and shops. You'd better found a native who can give you a full perspective of the town - your walking will be more interesting. And comfortable - there are some places vere you can eat on weekend ("O'gorod" for example) and to have free toilet too. And it will be really cool if you will saw a town from Kremlin Bell tower - that's really nice and pleasant (but it's possible only at summer because the bell tower shut at the winter).
Volodga is famous by it's butter and all milky products - cnezhok, sgushenka, sour-cream and cottage cheese...All of this are really one of the best in Russia.
And lace museum was placed on Kremlin square, right opposite the Kremlin - big yellow building, I think you saw it.
Oh, I can talking about Vologda a lot, I really love my hometown and it will be nice if you can see Vologda at summer - really great and nice and green town ;)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 25th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
Sure, it is always better to walk with a local person who lives in the city. That way, you learn much more and understand everything better. Unfortunately, my readers who live in Vologda contacted me too late, and I had to walk alone. Perhaps I will return during another visit. :)
Vladimir Peshkov
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
When you bought the souvenirs you stayed in 20 metres from the Lace museum. It's a call for government if you couldn't find it.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I now realize it but at the time I did not notice any signs that clearly marked the museum. And my Russian is very bad. :(
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