Staritsa photos, part 1

Part 1 of my attempt to consolidate the Staritsa stuff scattered around. Here are some photos of the town and the surrounding countryside, and much more are on their way.

Rolling hills, semi-forested, largely abandoned or used for grazing, still mostly free access. Ideal for hiking or camping. In recent past (till shortly after the war) the area was densely populated (three times the density and probably 10 times the economic activity compared to present). A stroll with a metal detector is certain to get you something from the past.

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An embarrassing discovery

It turned out that I still haven’t moved old Staritsa pages here yes. I’m now proceeding to sift through my old Starista related pages to generate a summary of what I deem valuable to travellers. I’ll use the advantage offered by CMS and add stuff in the form of short posts in hope that the Categories function will let you easily find these bits. Simpler for me to do it that way than writing one long text as in the old days..

Open air tank museum in Lenino


A display of old tanks in Lenino. Or it may be Snegiri next door. The nearest station is said to be Snegiri. No more than an hour from the Ring Road, north-west from Moscow.

Don’t these things look better in snow? A proper tourist – now nearly extinct – wants to see Russia in winter. Late fall and winter, long drizzling rain and snow is what shapes and defines this land. Please note my Winter is the Soul of Russia (c) concept and tell me fucking why in all these years only two couples took advantage of that?!

Yes, you can touch, climb, or go into these tanks.

The red brick wall to the left is beginning of a huge Memorial to the Defenders of Moscow.

Something unbearably cute from the 20s. May be one of the first classic tanks by Renault.

Can anybody tell me why military equipment is (nearly) always beautiful? I doubt designers made any input into making these tanks. No focus groups were presented with sketches and models. Yet the result is a product of high aesthetic appeal. Tells us something about the nature of beauty, eh?