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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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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Again in Budva Old Town or Mild Winter on the Adriatic Shore

Budva Old Town, Montenegro.

Budva Old Town, Montenegro.

If anybody tells you that visiting Montenegro in winter is a waste of money, don’t you believe it. We have brought in the New Year in Budva Old Town four years in a row. Of course, summer vacation in Montenegro means overcrowded beaches and noisy nightlife until dawn. Some people need it. But autumn, winter, and spring are perfect for comfortable living on the Budva Riviera and visiting other regions of Montenegro and even neighboring countries.

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