Russia. In terms of area, it is the largest state on earth, but at the same time one of the least populated. Since my childhood, this country triggers a certain fascination in me. Perhaps that's because I was born in the GDR - or maybe not, who knows. Anyway, I did not find it hard to choose when I was in school, when I had to choose between French and Russian as a second foreign >
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Then there is the history of Russia. From the Tsarist and Imperial empires to the October Revolution of the Bolsheviks to the Soviet Union. And through the course of the war and the GDR also part of our history. For many reasons, a trip to Russia has long been a wish of mine, and one spring day I finally stood in the middle of the Moscow Kremlin.
Architecture lovers will get their money's worth in Moscow - above ground and underground alike. Stalin's prestige object, the Moscow Metro, is riddled with a number of superlatives. The stops are not only considered to be the most beautiful in the world, they are also so deep underground than anywhere else. Here is the change to pure pleasure and you also like to miss the next or the next subway.
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Usually I avoid cities when traveling. Too big, too loud, too interchangeable. But sometimes, I just have to make an exception. Because I always wanted to see certain things. And that includes the Moscow Kremlin, the adjacent Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. So here I strolled past buildings, each of which Stone could tell so many stories to fill the evenings at the campfire with it. I find it always exciting how architecture, which means soul, I can determine feelings and thoughts.
At that time I was traveling on a ship from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The shipping itself does not matter now, but everything else around it. Because during my trip, I passed small towns and almost untouched landscapes. Uglitch, Yaroslavl, Goritsy and Mandrogi were villages that impressed me less because of the sacral buildings, but that showed me for a moment Russian country life. Father Frost and the witch Baba Jaga greet each other.
But even more impressive was this incredibly beautiful nature. As the small ship slid almost silently across the water, a dense, green wilderness passed by again and again. I would not have been surprised if Putin suddenly stood upside down on the back of a bear near the shore. As printed on T-shirts and mugs in various hip souvenir shops.
I just remember the moment, one night, somewhere near St. Petersburg. It must have been around 2 o'clock, I could not sleep and quietly sneaked through the corridors on the deck. Less than a month before the summer solstice, it did not turn dark at night. I got a chair, sat there alone for a while and enjoyed the peace and the view. In such moments, life is perfect.
Lake Onega is the second largest lake in Europe. And to get to the destination, the island of Kizhi, it once went from south to north on a mirror-smooth water surface. In some moments the shore was so far away that it felt like the open sea. The combination of clouds, calm and sunshine created picturesque views - as beautiful as only nature can paint.
At a length of seven kilometers and a width of five hundred meters, about 100 people live on the island of Kischi. There is really nothing here, except landscape and a wooden church ensemble, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The school was just coming to an end and almost a dozen children were getting on the school bus - an aging PAZ-3205. Time was not enough for more events, even if she seemed to be resting here on the island.
In St. Petersburg, art meets culture in almost perfect perfection. Splendid buildings alternate with castles and palaces, while the alternative scene finds shelter in hidden backyards, occupied houses and old industrial buildings. Less the walk through the famous Hermitage (although still worth seeing) has left a lasting impression on me, but rather the creative places in the city. The inconspicuous lies hidden here. Over 3 hours I followed Olya through various streets and doors, without knowing what exactly would expect me behind it. I have not regretted the many kilometers.
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