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  • Impressions of the Netherlands (2)
  • Impressions of the Netherlands
  • My Visit to Netherlands
  • Chinese Diary (2)
  • Chinese Diary
  • Samara
  • Zhigulevskii Nature Reserve
  • Nizhni Novgorod
  • Summertown on Lake Baikal
  • Volgograd
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    Samara
    Samara The history of Samara starts with this prediction, made by the metropolitan of Moscow and all Russian Church Alexei, Samara heavenly patron. In 1357, passing by the confluence of 2 rivers - Volga and Samara - he stopped in the hermitage situated on the bank of the Volga River in the year 1357. At that time Samara was just a small settlement, as it is shown on the maps, drawn in the year of 1367 by brothers Francesco and Dominico Pizziano, the Venetian merchants.


    Zhigulevskii Nature Reserve
    Zhigulevskii Nature Reserve Only a short distance from the major industrial and commercial cities of Togliatti and Samara is the Zhigulevskii nature reserve. It contains some of the most beautiful scenery in central Russia. There are mountains covered in forest and full of wildlife, rocky steppes with unique plant life, and spectacular views overlooking the broad river Volga as it makes a detour around the Samarskaya Luka peninsula on its way south to the Caspian Sea. Some writers have even compared the Zhiguli mountains to the much higher mountains of the Crimea and the Caucasus.


    Nizhni Novgorod
    Nizhni Novgorod Russian history can not be thought of without its ancient towns like Nizhni Novgorod. Though not necessarily in the avant-garde of political or social events, it represents, nevertheless, a specific interest because of its provincially patriarchal aspect. The Time itself seems to have come to a standstill on the hills where the town lays.


    Summertown on Lake Baikal
    Summertown on Lake Baikal A group of students from the ‘Samara International Institute of Market’ had a fabulous holiday camping on the eastern coast of Lake Baikal at the estuary of the river Selenga. They were attending a summer school in Summertown under the guidance of their teacher Albina Krasnova. Even the way to the camp was interesting, travelling first by train, then by a ferry and finally by bus.
    The staff of the summer school was international, with teachers and group leaders from the USA, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, China and Nigeria. There were also 120 students.


    Volgograd
    Volgograd One of the reasons that I chose to come to Samara was the location, down in the south of Russia in the Vogla region. I thought there would be a more friendly climate (so -20 degrees when I arrived was a bit of a shock!) and knew that it was close (in Russian terms!) to many places that I wanted to visit. Later this month I will be visiting Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod, and in March I travelled to Volgograd, a town that I had wanted to visit for a long time, having heard so much about the Battle of Stalingrad, probably the key battle of the Second World War.


           

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