Verkhniye Mandrogi

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  • Day35

    St Petersburg Part 2

    May 18, 2018 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Another fine sunny day even though rain was forecast. Fortunately it held off until the evening, after all our touring of St Petersburg was completed. Today we visited the Imperial Estate - Peterhof - also known as the Russian Versailles . Intended as a Summer royal residence, it features beautiful gardens with numerous statues and fountains. We were fortunate at this time of year to see masses of tulips and daffodils flowering.

    Our tour took us through a section of the palace, which like most royal palaces just oozed opulence with carvings in gold leaf, expensive silks and tapestries, intricate timber inlaid flooring and basically no expense spared. We also visited the bath house complete with cold baths, warm baths, steam rooms and fountain shower room - all completely over the top.

    Unlike other palaces / museums / cathedrals we have visited, at Peterhof we made to donn protective booties (like those used in a hospital), and were paraded through each room in quick smart time with rather serious faced Russian women in each room ensuring we did not touch anything and kept walking with a rather abrupt 'Move it'. It came across as quite rude but it think it was more due to the language differences.

    Back on board the boat we sailed out from St Petersburg, making our way to Moscow.
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  • Day36


    May 19, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    On our way to our next destination we crossed the largest lake in Europe - Lake Lagoda. Almost like an inland sea it became quite rough during the night and the boat rocked and rolled a bit (but not enough to make us sick). In the morning we entered the Svir River on our way to Mandrogi, our lunchtime destination. We had a lecture on handicrafts and what to look for if purchasing Matrousska dolls (the Russian nesting dolls), lacquer boxes, Faberge eggs and the various lacework, embroidery and other handiwork. Basically, if it only costs a few hundred rubles (100 rubles = $2 approx.) then it is not the genuine article and probably not even a good copy. After this we had a Russian language lesson. At 33 letters in their alphabet and letters that look like backward N, R,; E on its side; K as a back to back mirror image; plus an assortment of other strange symbols, we soon discovered that Russian would be a very difficult language to learn (especially when a P is pronounced as R and H as N.) Still, it was a bit of fun and we even started learning a Russian song. We will find out what we were singing about next lesson.

    We arrived at Mandrogi, a fishing village that was ruined during WWII. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a group of Russian investors decided to restore the village as a type of open air museum which demonstrated traditional Russian folk life, arts and crafts (hence this morning's lecture), woodworking and probably the most popular, a vodka museum (the tour included some vodka tasting)

    During a traditional Russian BBQ lunch (chicken shishlak) we were entertained by a Russian folk music group. Now, usually I view traditional music as nice to fill in a bit of time but not really enjoy that much. These guys however were fantastic especially the guy playing a kind of lute (I think) - it was so full of energy and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them.

    I forgot to mention the weather. The morning started quite cold and overcast but by the time we arrived at Mandrogi the sun had come out and it was very pleasant. Our run of nice weather continues.
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  • Day109


    October 7, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Mandrogui is really more of a living museum. Only a few folks live here, mostly local artisans.. It features a collection of old wooden houses that have been moved here, to show what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. There is a vodka museum here (that I didn't visit), but I did have an unbelievably good pierogi. We also had an onshore picnic with Russian shish-ke-bob called shashlik. There is also ongoing restoration work.Read more

  • Day3


    May 25, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Als ich heute morgen aufwachte waren wir immer noch am fahren. Über Nacht hatten wir den Ladogasee passiert und waren unterwegs gen Norden. Auf dem Fluss Swir fuhren wir durch die Leningrad Region bis wir in dem Dorf Mandrogy ankamen.

    Mandrogy war einst ein Fischerdorf, in welchem man heute vor allem die verschiedenen typischen Handwerke der Russen sehen kann. Doch zunächst wurde für uns eine Schaschlik-Party veranstaltet. Auf riesigen Grills warteten bereits die leckeren Schaschlik Spieße. Unterhalten wurde man währenddessen von einer russischen Musikgruppe, bei der vor allem der Balalaika Spieler sein Können unter Beweis stellte. Anschließend konnte man selbst das Dorf erkunden und den verschiedenen russischen Handwerkern über die Schulter schauen und einen langen Spaziergang durch das Dorf machen.

    Am späten Nachmittag legte das Schiff wieder ab und es wurden verschiedene Aktivitäten angeboten. Man konnte in einem Chor russische Lieder singen, die russische Sprache lernen oder einen Film über die russische Geschichte gucken. Nach dem Abendessen wurde im Tanzsalon ein Abend zu Ehren des Namensgebers des Schiffes veranstaltet. Während man interessante Details über den Nobelpreisträger Michail Alexandrowitsch Scholochow erfuhr, begleiteten die Musiker den Abend mit Kosaken-Liedern.

    Ausklang findet mein Abend in der Piano Bar, wo ich nun sitze und den Bericht schreibe. Bis morgen!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Verkhniye Mandrogi, Верхние Мандроги