Visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery built in 1397. Vokda sampling this afternoon!
31.08.2014 - 31.08.2014 12 °C
Docked in Goritsy at 9am and straight away on the bus for our tour of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery. The weather is overcast and only expected to get to 12 degrees. It was huge but had been allowed to fall into a state of almost disrepair. However, the government puts money up everyone year to help with the renovation.
We spent a few hours there and arrived back at the ship with about half an hour to spare before we sailed so a few of us went for a walk around the town. We took photos of the homes with their gardens full of vegetables. Whatever lawn they have is not mowed or looked after, just rough and wild. It is interesting that in a long severe winter like they have, 25 to 35 degrees below, their houses are made of wood. Also, they don't have any hot water. It explains a lot why Russians are like they are - dour and down trodden. Even the babies don't smile!
On the way back to the ship we called in to a local market. They had some lovely soft fur lined leather gloves and Phil and I both bought a pair for $18 AUSD. I also bought a chinchilla touk which is a hair band sort of thing that keeps your head and ears warm in the wind. It will be great in Antarctica next year. I tried on a mink one bit couldn't afford it!
Phil gave this guy a gold kangaroo.
Back on board for lunch and sat with Kaye and Jim from Inverell. After lunch we went and sat in the sun lounge and Phil chatted with Jim Eames.
Read my book and as usual, fell asleep.
Tonight before dinner we had a vodka tasting and learnt all about vodka. I can't believe I'm still standing after three swigs of vodka. The first one was normal vodka, the second had peppers marinating in it and the third was a ladies vodka that was quite sweet, but very nice. We learnt to balance the shot glass on the back of our hand and drink it that way, then put the glass in the crook of our arm and drink a toast to our mother. Great fun.
We had dinner with Jim and Jose and Helen and Neil. It was Nancy's birthday so they presented her with a birthday cake and we all sang Happy Birthday.
After dinner we had a classical music recital by some Russian guy playing the grand piano on board. It was fantastic.