FUN-travel: Mandrogi – Day 9 – Uniworld River Cruise

July 13, 2014 by  

Day 11 – Friday, July 11 – Mandrogi – blue skies – high 70’s

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Morning Mist

 What I LIKEMandrogi, Russia 2014 10

  • Morning mist clings to the river
  • Water is like glass w/incredible reflections
  • Scenery much like yesterday
  • – thick forested pines on edge of rocky jagged coast line
  • – only more houses
  • 11:00 – arrive Mandrogi – traditional Russian settlement
  • – burned down in WW2
  • – rebuilt 1997
  • – original inhabitants best ship builders
  • – local forests good pine trees
  • Nice walk thru village
  • Local craftsmen & artisans creating beautiful
  • – carving, pottery, jewelry, lace & paintings

FUN-food – Pirozhki = small hot pastry w/fillings
– can be anything from meat, egg, cheese to fruit

More FF – Shashlyk = BBQ lunch
– in village across from ship pier
– grilled chicken, fish, pork & veggies

  • Continue walk around village
  • – find horse stables
  • – windmills
  • – Russian gingerbread houses
  • 2:30 – set sail for St. Petersburg
  • 3:00 – nap time
  • 6:45 – excursion briefing

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  • 7:00 – dinner w/Indian couple
  • – get travel agent info for trip to India
  • Russian Vodka to go w/typical Russian meal – Beef Stroganoff & borscht
  • 11:00 – night night for early morning
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Russian Fairytale Architecture

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Vodka Museum – have to pay $6
  • (they have more than 2500 different labels)
  • – they give you tasting
  • – even if you don’t want it
  • There is no sunrise & sunset!
  • It’s light all the time now!
  • Keep waking up @ 4 am!
  • Sleep is fitful

FUN-fact – We went through a total of 18 locks since leaving Moscow.
Not so FF – 10:30 pm and the sun is pouring in our window. How can this happen when we have had the sunrise every day?

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