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Published: June 22nd 2017
From the right: a bathhouse/sauna on the lake, a granary, the house of a prosperous peasant, the Church of the Intersession, and a bell tower partially obscuring the Church of Transfiguration (being restored).
Geo: 62.0764, 35.2217
Kizhi is a small island in Lake Onega in North Russia, east of Finland. Its wooden buildings were mostly built in the 18th century, and a large-scale restoration project has been underway for many years.
The winters are long up here. The popular saying is "summer is nine months of anticipation and three months of disappointment". Today is the first day of summer and It is quite light still at 10:30pm. We were woken by the dawn at 3:30am.
We had another culture presentation this morning by Ludmilla, that I am now finding too much. I am more interested in her history and "life in Russia" lessons. In the avo we walked around Kizhi for a couple of hours in very cold weather with occasional bursts of sunshine. Dominoes and cocktails, then after dinner more culture, with our talented piano man playing music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Still not my cup of tea.
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