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The Mysterious Land of Russia: Saratov

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An August 2002 trip to Saratov by NNegrete98

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Quote: I went to Moscow in 2002 and took a side excursion to this city that sits along the Mighty Volga River.

The Mysterious Land of Russia: Saratov

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Saratov Photo, Saratov, Russia
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For many years under the Soviet Union Saratov was a closed city, meaning unless you were a citizen it was not possible to enter the city. It has only been open since 1992! Saratov has strengths in agricultural and industrial areas. It is Southeast of Moscow and the trip by train takes about 16 hours. The most convenient train leaves in the evening and when you wake up in the morning you are there! This is a great city to see if you are interested in visiting Russia without a "tourist" atmosphere. I stayed with a Russian family. It was here I had the most opportunities to meet and mingle with the locals. The two things that are a must is to visit Victory Park and to look upon the Volga Rive...Read More

Victory Park

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Attraction

Victory Park Photo, Saratov, Russia
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One of most imporatant parts of Russian history is World War II. Russia was affect by this war in a way almost unfathomable to the outsider. Victory Park is one of the numerous places in Russia dedicated to those who suffered and perished from this earth in the war. Victory Parks is located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Saratov. You can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city from this point.The entire park is built to commemorate about 177,00 Saratovites who died in World War II. As you approach to tall tower in front of you, you'll pass large marble stones with the names of those Saratovites that fought and lost their lives in World War II. At the top of the hill there i...Read More

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Victory Park
Socolovaya Hill
Saratov, Russia

Volga River

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Attraction

Volga River Photo, Saratov, Russia
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The Pride and Joy of the city of Saratov is by far, the Volga River. I have Russian friends that have said, "I could not live without my Volga" The Volga River is the longest river in Europe. It extends about 2,300 miles. Across the river from Saratov is the town of Engels. A very long bridge connects the two cities. I was amazed at the width of this river at some points. River Terminal is the place that boats leave for cruises and scheduled departures for many cities situated on the Volga River in Russia. We took a boat ride a short way down the river. The boat was entertaining. You could purchase food or drinks while listening to music. It was a short little scenic ride that took about 30 min...Read More

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Volga River
Stretches Across the City
Saratov, Russia

Nemetskaya Street

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Nemetskaya Street Photo, Saratov, Russia
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Translated as German Street, Nemetskaya Street is Saratov's answer to Moscow’s Arbat Street. Nemetskaya is a large pedestrian only strip that contains many of the finest shops, cafes, and restaurants. It is about 8-9 blocks of fun and good times. If you like to shop, you will be in luck if you find yourself here! On one end of the street is the Circus, and on the other Lipki Park. The large number of cafes I saw here surprised me. I found myself at a cafe/bar across from the Saratov Conservatory several times. It was situated behind a large pool of water that was a fountain, and underneath a tent. It was a nice place to sit and relax. There were always people there and always music playing. The...Read More

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Nemetskaya Street
Nemetskaya Street
Saratov, Russia

Saratov Cathedrals

Attraction | "Cathedrals"

Saratov Cathedrals Photo, Saratov, Russia
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There are so many beautiful cathedrals scattered throughout this city. As you are around the city you can see tops of cathedrals. The trick is to look for the domed tops! When you see one, go and have a look. And if you can, step inside. The inside of these cathedrals are even more beautiful on than the outside. The one I went in was dark and there were some people inside. A choir was singing and candles were lit in memory of loved ones. It was very spiritual for me to step inside. Just be courteous and if possible cover your head with a shawl. If you do not have one, do not worry, you can still step inside for a look, many times no one will say anything to you about it. Many times these cathedra...Read More

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Saratov Cathedrals
Throughout Saratov
Saratov, Russia

Volga River

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Attraction | "Volga River Beaches"

Volga River Photo, Saratov, Russia
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I know what you are thinking, "A Beach? In Russia??" But by all means, it is true! I went with 2 families to their "Dacha." A dacha is basically a summer home usually found outside the big cities and in the country. When summer months arrive Russians flood out of the cities to their dachas. (Russians take advantage and appreciate the warm weather, as they only have it for a short time.) These little houses were some of the cutest houses I had ever seen! The dachas were very "homey" and welcoming. Each dacha also had a beautiful, lush green garden. The dacha I was at had a garden growing a large variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers. It was beautiful. We had to walk a short way down a hill to ...Read More

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Volga River
Stretches Across the City
Saratov, Russia