a russian dawn: ten hours on a minibus from Latvia into Russia, only ten more to go.
Travelling in Mercedes Sprinter Mini Coach
The Dormition Cathedral (Church of the Assumption) within the St. Sergius Lavra at Sergiyev Posad
Cathedral of the Trinity; Тро́ице-Се́ргиева Ла́вра (The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius) at Sergiyev Posad
Candle lit Icon in Church of the Holy Spirit, at Sergiyev Posad
Iconostasis in Church of the Holy Spirit, Sergiyev Posad
Church of the Holy Spirit. Built in 1476 within the St. Sergius Lavra at Sergiyev Posad (Се́ргиев Поса́д)
Illegal Photo: Russian Police Car (Lada Samara)
Spaso-Evfimievsky Walls. The 'Kremlin' wall finished in red and with round towers fortifies the Monastery of Our Saviour and St Euthymius
Inside a Cathedral at Rostov
Bell tower Spaso-Evfimievsky Convent
Ringing Bells Spaso-Evfimievsky Convent. One man can ring 36 bells with ropes and pedals
The Transfiguration Cathedral at the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius, Suzdal
Spaso-Evfimievsky Gardens. Most pf these plants are medicinal herbs. This tranquil scene hides the fact that this monastery held political prisoners for a long time.
Baltic Bungalow. Wooden bungalows (and some houses) exist all over the old Soviet Union. Quite individual if rather basic and rotten now.
Church of the Transfiguration from Kozlyatievo (1756) within the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life, Suzdal.
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin, Suzdal
Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir (Успенского собора во Владимире). Built 1158-60 and 1185-89, the building survived being set alight by the Mongols in 1239 even though the people sheltering inside it did not.
Golden Gates of Vladimir (Russian: Zolotye Vorota. Supposedly the earliest stone structure still standing in Russia, originally constructed in 1164. Originally it sat in the middle of an immense defensive city wall instead of a traffic island.
The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo
The Assumption Cathedral at Bogolyubovo
Rostov Kremlin. Church of Resurrection of Christ (1670), Rostov Veliky (Ростов Великий)
Bell Tower of the Rostov Citadel. The bells of the Rostov Ouspenie Cathedral number 15, were all cast in the 1680s, and the largest (Sysoy) weighs 32tonnes
The Church of St. Gregory of Nazianzus. 1670–1680s, Rostov Veliky (Ростов Великий)
Rostov, a delightful Russian Choir gives a recital just before announcing their CD is available
Rostov Slot. Through these little windows the occupants of Rostov could defend themselves by firing arrows or pouring boiling oil onto attackers. But at Rostov there was never a need to use them
Yaroslavl Churches: [Left] Church of Archangel Michael in Yaroslavl (Церковь Михаила Архангела. Западный фасад), [centre] Redemeer Church of the Transfiguration On-the-town, [right] New Cathedral on the site of the Dormition Cathedral
Tolga Nunnery, Yaroslavl
Nearside rear punction at 02:30hrs on road from Novgorod to Riga
Common and Community. Wooden homes for the common folk, and behind the more modern community towers for the Soviets at Alexandrov
Soviet Style. The Soviets built all tower blocks uniform and monotonous. These flats have been 'styled' by their owners who have infilled the previously open balconies with windows. The Yellow 'Transit' Van is actually a Russian GAZ Gazelle
Soviet Storeys. Concrete tower blocks in Alexandrov
Alexandrov (Алекса́ндров). A busy crossroads showing the potholes and puddles at the junction
Museum of Stone (Музей рукотворного камня) at Alexandrov (Александров). Attached to the institute of synthetic crystals, where Quartz, Diamonds and other precious stones were industrially created. The shabbiness of the buildings and potholed and puddled roads and paths is typical of Russia today.
Salty Towers. Soviet concrete tower blocks in Alexandrov
(Троицкий собор) within Alexandrovskaya sloboda
Terrible Residence. Tsar Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV Grozny) lived here from 1564-1581 within the walls of Assumption convent (Успенский монастырь) at Alexandrov (Александров)
Ivan Infanticide. Il'ya Repin's historical portrait (1885) Ivan IV killed his son. Photographed in Alexandrovskaya sloboda
Red Square, Moscow. The stepped square building in front with the black band is Lenin's Tomb, MacCartney's Tomb has not yet been built.
Red Square, Moscow
Soviet in Veliky Novgorod (Вели́кий Но́вгород)
Pre-Soviet in Soviet in Veliky Novgorod (Вели́кий Но́вгород. Parts of Novgorod date back more than 1150years, and they knew a lot more then about elegance than Lenin or Stalin.
3000Km on a Bus. About 3000Km on a bus, including one day of 1200, one of 1000Km, and others
Bumpy Road: This is the main road in Russia from the Western border direct to Moscow
Zvonnitsa belltower, A 16th-17th century tower at the Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery