FUN-travel: Cruising Lake Onega & Kizhi Island – Day 8 – Uniworld River Cruise

July 12, 2014 by  

Day 10 – Thursday, July 10 – Cruising Lake Onega, Kizhi Island – overcast morning turns to sunny – high 60’s

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Church of Transfiguration – Winter Church

 What I LIKEKizhi Island, Russia 2014 18

  • 7:30 – wake up
  • Slept good!
  • 9:30 – breakfast
  • Caviar & champagne @ breakfast
  • Nice lox too
  • Clearly read survey!
  • 12:00 – go shopping in boutique
  • use up all ship board credits
  • Beautiful miniature Russian lacquer box – winter scene w/mother of pearl on lid
  • Teeny, tiny one inside too
  • 1:00 – lunch – more survey responses
  • Pasta station w/Puttanesca fish sauce
  • 2:00 – room R&R
  • Work on catching up on these travel logs
  • Don’t need a nap!
  • No rain as predicted!
  • Bright sun glistens on the water
  • Very remote region w/few structures
  • 4:20 – breathtaking view of Church of Transfiguration
  • 4:30 – arrive Kizhi Island
  • – UNESCO site
  • Small, narrow treeless island is 6 km long by 1 km wide
  • Walking tour to open air museum
  • Specializing in wooden architecture
  • 1st stop – Church of Transfiguration – erected 1714
  • – called Russian fairytale architecture
  • – has 22 different sized shimmering domes
  • – covered with 30,000 carved aspen shingles
  • – built w/o nails
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Small Chapel

  • 2nd stop – large farm house
  • – housed 15 people on upper floor
  • – bottom floor was barn
  • – housed animals & farm equipment

    Kizhi Island, Russia 2014 1

    Church of Transfiguration – Summer Church on left

  • – heat from bodies of animals helped heat home in winter
  • 3rd stop – windmill that could be turned to direction of wind
  • 4th stop – chapel w/bells that chime a tune
  • – local man plays the bells
  • – strings attached & manipulated by his hands
  • – pretty amazing!
  • 6:30 – back on board
  • 7:15 – excursion update for tomorrow stop Mandrogi
  • 7:45 – dining w/Chris & Norga – lovely couple from South Africa
  • Start w/ “Taittinger Toast” before dinner
  • – special thanks to our BA flight attendants!
  • 10:30 – back to room
  • Midnight night-night

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Dinner just so-so again
  • There is no sunrise & sunset!
  • It’s light all the time now!
  • 4 am wake up is getting a bit old
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Flooded Krochino Church

FUN-fact – Lake Onega is 3861 square miles and the 2nd largest lake in Europe. Its sister lake Ladoga is twice the size.
More FF – Today’s scenery is thick forested pines on the edge of the rocky jagged coast line with loads of islands all in varying shapes and sizes that mirror the terrain.
More FF – The lake is fed by 58 rivers and has a total of 1369 islands.

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