Яussia* (Day 12, Part 2)

June 7

Yaroslavl

[We’re still at the Governor’s House – in the backyard to look at art.  It was a whirlwind tour – we had to run to get back to the bus . . . ]

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[The photo above was the first one taken in the garden.  The one below, the identifier, was the last one I took as we were racing for the bus . . . ]

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[The Governor’s House from the backyard garden . . . ]

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[It was about here that I believe Pam got this shot . . . ]

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[This was nice . . . ]

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[The Super loves her animals . . . ]

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[Isn’t he cute?]

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[We were racing around trying to visit every sculpture in the garden . . . ]

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[You may have noticed that while I was shooting the identifiers I was also taking selfies . . . ]

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[Flowers (not sculptures) . . . ]

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[Out of the Governor’s House and back at the Church of Elijah the Prophet . . . ]

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[This is known as “the Government building in the middle of Yaroslavl.”  Seriously.  That’s all I could find on it . . . ]

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[We’ll visit the inside in a bit . . . ]

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[Seriously, “Government building of Yaroslavl region.”  May also be known as city hall?]

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[And now a walk this way . . . ]

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[Sighting the church behind us as we head to a different neighborhood . . . ]

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[Yaroslavl’s coat of arms . . . ]

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[We arrived at Alexander Nevskiy Chapel in the city park . . . ]

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[And the fountain and themed flower beds thereof . . . ]

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[And across the street to the Central Market . . . ]

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[Quite a place . . . ]

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[Whoa, that’s our chef!  Leonidas Kritharas, from Greece, the executive chef on the Viking Akun  . . . ]

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[I don’t think he was making baklava . . . ]

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[Back out to the Nevskiy Chapel park . . . ]

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[And past what certainly appears to be a restaurant . . . ]

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[And back to what I guess is called government center . . . ]

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[The most beautiful church of the city, the Church of Elijah the Prophet is the pride and joy of Yaroslavl and the favorite tourist attraction. It was built in 1647 – 1650 and is one of the most complete and best-preserved monuments of Yaroslavl. Built on the site of two churches, the Intercession and Elijah, the church is considered a real masterpiece of ancient Russian art. The main structure of the temple is a massive building on high foundation topped with five heads resting on light drums. The drums are decorated with arches and columns and surrounded by the rows of kokoshniks. But the main thing is, of course, the interior painting, made by famous Kostroma masters. They have no equals in beauty, richness and brightness of colors (advantour.com) . . . ]

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[Will some day be on the Olympic hockey team.  I should have got her autograph . . . ]

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[And now inside the church . . . ]

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[I don’t know what to say about all this . . . so I won’t . . . ]

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[(Psst, it’s all kinda spectacular sensory overload . . . )]

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[From the wonders of inside art . . . to outside art . . . ]

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[As we stroll through another park to Assumption Cathedral . . . ]

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[Assumption Cathedral of Yaroslavl was laid down in 1215, a year before the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery that survives to the present day. The Assumption Cathedral was more than once rebuilt and was destroyed in 1937, but on the occasion of the celebration of 1000th anniversary of the city it was restored on its original place.  Today Assumption Cathedral, that you can see at the Spit of the Volga and the Kotorosl’, is much different from the previous cathedral and first of all by its large size. But, the natives will certainly get used to its appearance, and the cathedral will become of the main sights of the city (geomerid.com.]

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[An eternal flame burns in front of The Assumption Cathedral in Yaroslavl, Russia. It is flanked by monuments to men and women who served in the “Great Patriotic War” of 1941-1945. The cathedral was rebuilt in 2010 (alamy.com).]

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[The sunny weather really made the golden cupolas glisten . . . ]

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[Let’s go in . . . ]

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[And back out again.  It must have been a non-photos inside . . . ]

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[And the ringing of the bells, bells, bells, bells . . . ]

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[Now I seem to recall choir practice was going on inside . . . ]

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[So, onward to the Volga-Promenade . . . ]

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[The oldest part of Yaroslavl is located on the cape at the confluence (there’s that word again) of the rivers Kotorosl and Volga. The area is known as the “Arrow” of Yaroslavl (Google images).]

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[And now were heading back to the confluence of tourists and our bus . . . ]

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[Back to the boat.  I already miss Olga.]

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[After a long day out amongst ’em, a bowl of nice hot soup really hits the spot.]

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The wicked at heart probably know something.  ~  Woody Allen

Up Next: Maybe volleyball?

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