|Overnight train at Moscow Station|
|David taking up his half of the sleeper. Bags now on the beds above|
Most of us wondered why we were going to Novgorod, since we hadn't actually heard of it before the trip. The town apparently appears in chronicles in 859. It is a very old trading town on the Volkhov River which allowed trade between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean Sea. It's a city of about 200 000 people. It had many churches, but only a few are still preserved.
|St Nicholas Cathedral built in 1113|
|St Sophia's Cathedral built in the 11th Century|
|People were sunbaking on the beach below the bell tower|
Locally there is also a very old monastery, with magnificent blue and gold domed towers.
Nearby there is an outdoor museum of wooden architecture devoted to preserving old wooden structures in the locality. The buildings are constructed totally of wood and contain no nails at all.
|Traditional house made totally of wood.|
We had lunch provided at a local restaurant, our second 4 course lunch. Borsch is a favourite in Russia. Not much dinner tonight, but a performance by a local group of songs and dance.
Next, St Petersburg.