Flooded Cities: Kalyazin, Russia

The bell tower of the flooded city of Kalyazin, Russia.

The bell tower of the flooded city of Kalyazin, Russia.

One day, we bought tickets for a river cruise ship from Moscow to Uglich, the ancient Russian city famous for the fact that Ivan the TerribleĀ’s son Dmitry was killed there. He was the last representative of the Rurik Dynasty which ruled in Russia for 500 years until the end of the 16th century. But today’s story is about a miracle you can miss in the middle of the cruise (for example, by sleeping in your cabin). It’s a beautiful bell tower standing half flooded right in the middle of the Volga River.

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Giotto’s Campanile, Lotte Tower, Burj Khalifa, or Why Aerial Views are So Magnificent

Did you ever fly in your sleep as a child? I did. Do you remember those bird’s-eye views of Earth? I do. Impressions were magnificent – I was a bird. Have you ever noticed that when someone is standing on the edge of something like the Grand Canyon and posing for a photographer, more often than not, they raise their arms to the sides? Why? Because in that moment, they feel they have wings. At least, they would in the fantastic world of dreams.

Panoramic view from the Castle of Monsanto, Portugal.
Panoramic view from the Castle of Monsanto, Portugal.

However, if you aren’t lucky enough to live in Norway’s fjords or the Swiss Alps, but still want to get similar impressions, mankind invented bell towers for you many centuries ago.

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Talking With the Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls of Jerusalem, Israel.

The Walls of Jerusalem, Israel.

In my European travels, I have seen many impressive walls and towers, ancient and medieval, for example, in Avila, Spain; or Carcassonne, France; BUT…. Probably, at least once in your life, you met a woman or a man who couldn’t be called beautiful, but nevertheless, she/he was unbelievably and inexplicable charming and attractive. Same with the Walls of Jerusalem.

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