20.05.2007 -17 °C
I spent yesterday walking around people watching, going to museums, and walking on top of the old kremlin walls. It is a mixed tale... These walls could be part of a World Heritage Site but...., they are in desperate need of repair. The stairs inside the walls are in bad shape, and if you slip, there is plenty of broken glass to cushion your fall. The pics are of the sections that are in the best shape.
After braving the steps to make it to the top of a tower you get two very different views... Looking out over the wall you get great views of the surrounding hills. But! If you look down into the towers, and at the base of the walls, you are treated to heaps of broken beer bottles and other trash. These old fortifications deserve better.
More proof that Smolensk doesn't get alot of visitors = Museums dont' have different prices for foreigners! the sculpture Museum (25R) is worth a visit. the most impressive works are carved out of natural stumps of wood. Neptune, a mermaid, and pan were particularly noteworthy. On the funny side, this museum requires you to wear slippers in order to prevent damage to the floors... I think they are a little too late!
This is one of the most famous landmarks in Smolensk, the Assumption Catherdral.
Once again, the streets were covered with young folks last night. It is a great atmospere as most of the people seems to be very happy to be out and about. Roller Hockey and Volleyball seems to dominate the street activities here.
Back to Moscow tomorrow.