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An Introduction to Skating in Russia
Skating the Novgorod Kremlin
by Kathie Fry
The Very Dignified Victor Drove Us to Novgorod
Copyright © Kathie Fry
Novgorod is about 180 kilometers from St. Petersburg and 530 kilometers
from Moscow. There are two Novgorods in Russia, and this one is known as
"Novgorod Veliki" (Novgorod the Great). The city is divided in two
parts by the Volkhov River, and it is in an area famous for ancient
churches and monasteries. As in most Russian cities, it is possible
to skate almost anywhere in the town of Novgorod, but there are two
very special place to skate: inside the walls of the Novgorod Kremlin and
on the beach trail that runs along the Volkov River.
The Novgorod Kremlin is a lovely place to skate because inside those
walls you can skate very close to ancient Russian Churches and
historic monuments. Don't miss the 11th-century St. Sophia's
Cathedral, one of the oldest stone buildings in Russia, and the
beautiful "Thousand Years of Russia" monument, a huge bell surrounded
by 128 figures of famous Russian citizens.
There is also a very special restaurant inside the Kremlin walls.
Detinets Restaurant is one of the best places in Russia to try the
local cuisine. You can sit inside the dark and cool interior of the
restaurant or have your meal outside under the elm trees, still wearing
your skates. It can take 40 minutes or more for your food to arrive
but just sit back and relax, try a glass of Medovukha (a local
alcoholic honey drink), and enjoy your surroundings. The food will
be well worth the wait.
Just outside the Kremlin walls, on the embankments of the Volkhov
River, there are paved trails on both sides of the river connected
by a pedestrian bridge. There is also a lovely beach where
you can spend an entire day relaxing, swimming, and having a picnic.
Two places you should not miss during your visit to Novgorod are
the beautiful Yuriev Monastery, with its blue onion-shaped domes,
and the fascinating Museum of Traditional Russian Wooden Architecture.
Me Visiting the Yuriev Monastery
Copyright © Kathie Fry
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