Saturday 09 September 2017
Early morning view on day 6 as we arrive at Kizhi Island
on Lake Onega.
Approaching the island.
Our first glimpse of the Transconfiguration Church, the Bell Tower
and the Intercession Church as we prepare to dock.
Two other Russian cruise ships arrived at the same time - the
.... and our old friend - the Two Capitals.
Early morning rush hour at Kizhi.
Being the geek that I am - I was fascinated by how they lined
everything up using the markers as they came alongside.....
......and, once aligned, the access doors were opened and gangways
laid out - so the Russians had to pass through our ship to go
Meanwhile, back to reality - a comparison between Cyrillic and
Greta Garbo??? - note how far we had to walk to the church.
A map of Kizhi Island.
Walking to the church and looking back to the three ships.
Approaching the church complex.
The house of rich farmer Nestor Mikhailovich Oshevnev -
transferred and restored as part of the Kizhi museum.
Bell's - waiting to be re-hung following the completion of
Inside the Intercession Church - listening to some a capella
Restoration work on the Transfiguration church. An internal metal
stucture is being built to preserve the wooden exterior.
Memorial to the fallen in the Great Patriotic War (WWII).
Looking back towards the churches.
Approaching the farmers house. A tourist jam was formimg - so we
had to wait our turn.
An example of traditional embroidery.
Inside the large hall in the farmers house.
Outside view of the intricate woodwork.
Examples of painted wooden roofing shingles on sale.....
.... and a craftsman making them - using only a sharp axe and a
A scale model of an onion dome showing how the wooden shingles are
attached so that rain drips off the corners.
Bathhouse in English - Banya in Russin.
One of the oldest wooden buildings in Russia - the Church of
I think this might be another windmill ?
The Chapel of the Archangel Michael........
... where we stopped to listen to the bell ringing.
Some scenic views to finish off our tour.
Some excellent restoration work!
Back on board and ready to cast off at 10:30. We were treated to a
Champagne and Caviar 'Sail Away' party.
Departure from Kizhi.
Hotel Manager Antonino popping his cork.
Champagne and Caviar.
Music from resident singers Eduardo and Sonya.
Daniel having a go with the sword.
Ira and friend.
My attempt at some arty photography - using the Viking logo etched
into a glass partition. Soon, everyone was doing it......
Kay, talking to some Trump supporting Texans.
Crossing Lake Onega.
We could be on an ocean.
Another arty photo - no trick or Photoshop involved.
Captain Igor Stepanov during our wheelhouse tour.
Another arty shot - due south.
Leaving Lake Onega and entering the Volga-Baltic
Into the waterway......
... in a reflective mood.
Entering the first of six locks on the Vytegra River.
The coat of arms of Vytegra
Sunset on day six.