The Golden Ring
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So we arrived in mid-afternoon in Suzdal, one of the towns that make up the Golden Ring on the northeast outskirts of Moscow (others include Vladimir, Yaroslavl, and Ivanovo, among others). The Golden Ring towns played a major role in the establishment of Russia from the 12th-18th centuries prior to Moscow claiming the central political role of Russia. Suzdal was one of those cities that could claim to be a provincial capital of pre-Russian times in the 12th and 13th centuries. Eventually the capital was moved down to Vladimir and Suzdal became a more religiously centered area as one can see from the accompanying photos from the next couple of days.
But more of that later. First things first. After getting to town and getting checked into our rooms it was time to clean up after three days on the train. While I wasn't completely rank, it felt grand to get cleaned up and take a shower. A major laundry run was still a few days away in Moscow, but needed to rinse out a few things in the interim. Second task was to generally get some bearings in town and also find some food. Walked around briefly, saw a few of the churches, looped around the Suzdal kremlin (a kremlin actually refers to a fortified structure/city in Russian so while the Kremlin in Moscow is best known it is not the only one that exists). We were going to come back to check out the churches in greater detail in the morning so for now it was just cursory exploration.
After eating at one of the small restaurants near the town market square, one final agenda item remained. Found the internet cafe behind the market (which interestingly seemed to be run by a group of teenagers) and placed an online order for Hermitage tickets in Saint Petersburg next week. I'll follow up more later but let me say that if you are planning to go to Saint Petersburg and visit the Hermitage Museum I highly recommend using the online option to order tickets.
All that taken care of there wasn't much else to do but sit back and grab a few drinks. Suzdal is overall a sleepy little town without a great deal of activity. But tonight ended up being the second fight I witnessed on the trip. Well not a fight really, more like a quick beatdown.