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Postby Chris Merchant » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:18 pm

no doubt about it, the Russians sure know how do churches.

Good to see you weren't caught up in all the badness Doggie.

Thanks again for posting your pics; they're fascinating.

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Postby Doggie3 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:06 pm

With the upcoming release of AtD2, and having been interested in the battles around Smolensk for a long time, I visited the city over a weekend. It is an easy train ride from Moscow to Smolensk (an overnight train) that gets into Smolensk around 5.30am. I had organised a hotel so we had somewhere to freshen up before exploring the city.

Smolensk is of course, one of the most ancient cities in Russia, and between the Golden Horde, the Polish, the Lithuanians, French and Germans, not to mention the various Russian princes, it has been fought over many times. Its position on the Dnepr River, and the way its walled fortress dominates the surrounding land, make it an important city in this region.

Remarkably, there are many buildings left from its past, including the Cathedral of the Assumption, which can be seen from any point in the city it seems, and the walls and turrets of the 16th century kremlin. It is a relatively easy city to walk around and was well worth the visit.

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The big fella looks over the central city square.

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This is a statue commemorating the poet Alexsandar Tvardovsky and his subject of the poem "Vasili Terkin".
The poem shows a typical Russian soldier who shows qualities that helped the nation win the war, and was based on the battles around Smolensk in 1941.

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The Eagles monument, erected in 1912 to commemorate the battles against Napoleon.

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The Eternal Flame in front of the Kremlin walls

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A line up of hero-cities - Novosibirsk, Minsk, Tula, Murmansk

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Postby Doggie3 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:37 pm

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The Komitet of the Communist Party, Smolensk region.

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The city's Order of Lenin award, outside the main park.

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Tanks outside the excellent WW2 museum. No photos were allowed inside, but it represented the battles very well, with alot of photos of the city before and after.

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The Motherland!

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Postby Doggie3 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:47 pm

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Stairs leading up to the Assumption Cathedral

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Looking across the city from the back of the Assumption Cathedral

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I found this interesting as you would think you were in a completely different city, and yet at this point we were only 400m off the main road into the centre of the city.

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The Cathedral dominates the skyline.

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Glittering in the setting sun...
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Postby Doggie3 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:01 pm

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The Dnepr crossing in central Smolensk.

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The new bridge across the river

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The remains of the old bridge

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The river further downstream, looking back into Smolensk.

I must say, having seen the Dnepr at Kiev, the Volga at Stalingrad and Nizhny Novgorod, the Oka at Nizhny and the Kama in Perm, I was somewhat disapointed at the Dnepr here in Smolensk. No doubt it becomes more impressive as it heads south (a reminder of what it is like in Kiev below) so those crossings will be tough!

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Postby Doggie3 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:42 pm

Hot, hot hot here in Moscow...the city is not set up for the heat. It's pretty deserted (for Moscow) as everyone escapes the heat at their dacha...

The prediction is for 37 degrees today and 39 tomorrow...not even the scantily clad dyevs make up for this heat-wave...

Still have some more photos to add from recent trips.

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Postby Abwehr » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:13 pm

One of my friends recently arrived in Moscow, the first message he send was "it's bloody hot over here".
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Postby Strax » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:12 pm

Yes, I heard this on the BBC radio news yesterday.
Was the winter also mild?
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Postby Doggie3 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:25 am

Back to normal, the temp dropped below zero last weekend. After the summer we had, I'm looking forward to the snow!

As the Russians say "Ice comes in October, not in your drink"

Bring it on!

Will try and get some updates going soon, I still haven't posted my photos from Victory Day last May :shock:

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P.S - Strax, the winter before this one was the coldest of the four that I've been here for, so it's seems a case of extremes (06/07 and 07/08 were two of the warmest winters in Moscow though).
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Re: Moscow

Postby Doggie3 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:17 pm

I just noticed that the "Beer" thread has one more reply than mine. When some internet archaeologist digs up this forum, it would be nice to be the most replied to thread :D
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Re: Moscow

Postby Doggie3 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:29 pm

I've left Moscow now, had a great time there and plenty of fond memories.

Cheers all for your input.
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