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Kizhi Island - Monday, 1 September 2014

Kizhi Island is noted for amazing wooden architecture including the famous Church of Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes

overcast 13 °C

Had a big sleep in this morning and it was lovely. Leisurely breakfast with Wayne and Evelyn from WA. We were divided into managable groups for a tour of the bridge. It was very interesting and what a great view. The Captain's mate gave us all the statistics of the ship, size, speed etc. They do 4 hour shifts and have to stand up. There are no seats on the bridge. Also it takes 300m for the ship for pull up. I know that it takes 1 mile for HMAS Melbourne to stop but of course HMAS Melbourne is a lot bigger and heavier than the Scenic Tsar.

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I stayed up until 1am this morning trying to finish the second book in the trilogy, the Bridge to Holy Cross. Got too tired and finished it this morning. I have now started on the third book, The Summer Garden.

I went to a Martryoshka doll painting morning. It was good fun but a lot harder than you would think. When all the painting is finished, we are supposed to put them on the reception desk and people will vote for the winner.

During lunch we docked at Kizhi Island and went ashore soon after. It is supposed to be 13 degrees, but let me tell you it is nowhere near that. It is overcast, a bit breezy and FREEZING! The Church of the Transfiguration is just fantastic, just as I knew it would be. It has 22 domes, all made out of wood and built in 1714. No one knows who built it, but apparently the builder threw his axe in the lake when it was completed, so another one could not be built exactly the same. The church is under renovation at the moment to preserve it forever.

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We sat for a while and listened to the bell ringer playing the bells for us in the freezing cold, but it was worth it.

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Kizhi Island is the only place where Shungite is mined and it is supposed to have healing powers. I bought a small bracelet, so I hope it works.

These two little kids were on the wharf with their mother and the little boy had fallen over and hurt his hand, so we gave them a koala and a gold kangaroo. They seemed pretty happy about that. We haven't seen many children at all so far, but they were out in droves today. It is the first day back at school after their long summer holidays.

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Back on the ship, had a hot chocolate and now relaxing in the cabin until it's time to dress for dinner. Ukrainian Dinner tonight.

Went to the Tsar lounge for the Mandrogi Port talk and then proceeded to the Ukrainian Dinner. We sat with William and Clare and Jim and Jose. The food was really nice. I had bread and dripping!, then borsch soup, then chicken kiev and then cherries and soft meringue.

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After dinner, we went into the Tsar Lounge and played Liars' Club. Our team consisted of me and Phil, Jim and Jose, William and Clare and Brian and Anna. Our team name was Da. The idea was that a word was displayed on the screen, and then Svetlana, Arti and Diana all gave a separate explanation of what the word meant and we had to guess which two were lying and which one was telling the truth. The words were bizarre, such as "wallydrag", "clinchpoop" and "slibbersauce" just to name a few. There were five and our team got 3 out of 5, but one other team won with 5 out of 5. We had a fun time.

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Nice sunset this evening.

Posted by gaddingabout 17:53 Archived in Russia

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