A Reason to Visit Russia – Niztniy Novgorod – Russia’s Pocket


Russia’s Pocket  In the heartland of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod is the fifth largest city after Moscow and St. Petersburg with approximately 1.25 million people. It’s early history begins in the 13th century supporting the Makaryev Fair which became the commercial hub for exporting Russian goods. During soviet times the city was closed to foreign visitors in order … More A Reason to Visit Russia – Niztniy Novgorod – Russia’s Pocket

Picture of the day


On Lake Qaban Yesterday we were down in the middle of town where we have 3 different lakes. I never thought that taking a picture of a “duck” would be interesting but the reflection of the water caught me by surprise. I hope that you like it. History of the Lakes Lakes Kaban, the system of … More Picture of the day

Itil a Jewish City rediscovered in Russia – Once feared by Stalin


The city, Itil, was the capital of the Khazars, a powerful nation that adopted Judaism as its official religion more than 1,000 years ago, only to disappear, leaving little trace of its culture. It was mentioned in medieval travellers’ accounts but Soviet dictator Josef Stalin banned any research into the city and the Khazars, fearing … More Itil a Jewish City rediscovered in Russia – Once feared by Stalin

The Windmill


This shot captures both the mill and windmill. I had seen several windmills in other place within Tatarstan, but this is the first I have photographed. At first I thought it a bit unusual but realized the building of these windmill could have been influenced by other cultures or maybe even the other way around. … More The Windmill

The Mill


This is a reconstructed mill with in the Museum of Bread complex. The structures themselves reminded me of cabins that are built in different parts of the States.

Museum of Bread


The Museum of Bread is an interactive complex that reconstructs the whole agricultural cycle from crop cultivation to baking, demonstrating peculiarities of the Tatars and Bolgars ways of living.  

The Black Chamber


According legend, The Black House was the court building. The decisions of  the court were carried out by the Khan at the time along with three judges. The Khan always entered the building from the west and the others entered through their own special doors.  However, there is another thought about the  function of the … More The Black Chamber

The East Mausoleum (Church of St. Nicholas)


When you are standing in the area where the Congregational Mosque was once built every building could be seen from this platform, the East Mausoleum being one of them. This mausoleum contains a tomb of Bolgar nobility, crowned by a traditional Eastern tent style roof. Inside the 700 year old building is an exhibit displaying … More The East Mausoleum (Church of St. Nicholas)