StaritsaStaritsa (Starica), Tver region, Russia
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All materials on Staritsa, Tver, and other cities between Moscow and St. Petersburg, or anything other place where you may end up while travelling between the two capitals, eg. the Golden Ring cities, are being moved to www.staritsa.info. Pages on Staritsa itself and Tver are pretty full. Volokolamks, Zubtsov, and Rzhev have some content. Novgorod, Staraya Russia, Valday and others are coming up. Visit www.staritsa.info and let me entice you into travelling between the two capitals through small towns and villages to see a cross-section of the country. Less tiring yet more intense than the famous Trans-Siberian. A special treat is the visit to my dacha, where three gentle home-raise horses are waiting to give you memorable rides in the hills over the Volga River. If, however, you have your mind set on spending a week on a train, among chain-smoking Russian, loud Americans, tense Brits and blissful Australians, with no access to proper washing facilities, I recommend Olesya, herself from Tomsk, as your Siberian travel expert.

This page, www.unclepasha.com/staritsa_eng.htm will not be updated. As of February 9, 2005, it seems like all materials with the exception of the CHARITY section have been moved to the new site with minimal losses.

Enjoy.

Can't find it? Write to paul_voytinsky@yahoo.com 

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Pasha

 

 

 

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The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

The links point to fresh pages. This one will not be updated. Proceed to the New Staritsa Page

 

 

 

About Staritsa

 

 

 

 

Why?

I have a "dacha" 5 miles down the Volga from Staritsa..Country estate... Tourist farming.. . [more]

 

A town of 10 thousand in the Upper Volga hills, Tver region, 250km north-west from Moscow, about 1/3 of your way to St. Petersburg.

Staritsa was founded in the 13th century to serve the needs of a monastery, and to these days it remains a city of churches. Some are functioning, others are still in ruins, but the trend is to restore churches to their former significance. 

Ancient routes connecting Moskovia with Northern Europe...     [more]

      

Staritsa, with its picturesque countryside, is still very little known as a tourist destination. The city and the whole Upper Volga region will be appreciated by those who enjoy simple and authentic travel.

to Staritsa from Moscow  

Car, bus, or train. A simple trip or a tour through land full of dramatic history.

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St. Petersburg to Staritsa

From a 6 hour train ride to a 3 day adventure tour

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SUPPORT AND SERVICES
 

Where to stay

Hotel... Visa registration...   The webmaster's dacha... More grassroots rural hospitality..

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Taxi

Taxi drivers... How to communicate... Rates..

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Banking

Do as much as you banking at home or in Moscow. The most you'll be able to do in Staritsa is exchange dollars or Euros into roubles at rate that is 2-3% less than in Moscow. And of course they want the bills to be fresh from the press. The bank is setting up a system to give MC cash advances. The bank is near the market square / the babushka monument / hotel.

Food and drink

Lots of that... Our favourite cafe... Vegetarian..

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Real estate

Thinking of buying a house in Starista? Mikhail Fedorov, the city's only real estate agent, will help you with advice about the local market, tell you what's available, and help you with paperwork. Call him at (08263)21-187.
   
what to see and what to do
 

Churches

St. Elias Church by the bus station

St. Elias Church by the bus station is most popular.

The Trinity Convent around which the city developed back in the 13th-15th centuries is being re-established under the leadership of charismatic Father Hermogenus.

Travel to the village of Krasnoye to see a highly unusual, for Russia, church in the Gothic style build by of of the famous architects of the the construction of St. Petersburg period. A page on this church is coming up.

Bernovo Estate

The estate, 25km from Staritsa, is associated with the name of Pushkin. In addition to being a well-preserved piece of the past it is often home of artistic or literary events.

Regional History Museum

The Regional History Museum located within the monastery grounds is definitely a recommended place to visit.

Russian Cultural Center

Russian Culture Center often hosts exhibitions of paintings or literary meetings.

Cities within easy reach

From Staritsa you can easily access Rzhev, Torzhok, and Tver with its many museums, memorials, churches and other touristy things.

Ecotourism, adventure travel, working holidays

 

Consider Soul Tourism to put you in touch with whatever. Cheaper than therapy.

Need something stronger? Proceed to my Russian Misery pages.

 

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Caves and catacombs

The hills over the Volga river are full of them. Qualified guides are available from among our acquaintances or from ... [details, photos]

Horse riding

Three gentle home-raised animals are waiting for you at this site owner's dacha. Details are on www.russian-horse-rides.com

My esteemed colleague and competitor Sergei is really into horses, unlike me, who keeps them as pets because they are have that cute way of moving their ears. Read about him at http://horses-tver.narod.ru/

Horses of local breeds adapt to temperature extremes by developing glove-like overgrowth over their ears and other extremities. Sheep followed another evolutionary strategy of carrying small electric heaters with them.

See Ecotourism

 

People, organization, institutions
 

School, combined elementary and secondary

Getting involved... Teaching English... No money in it.. Letter from John Moor of San Antonio, Taxas...

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Craftsmen and Artisans

Staritsa was a major center of craftsmanship and low-tech industry before the unfortunate series of events of early 20th century. There are rumours that there still are ironsmiths and weavers and felt boots makers somewhere in the district.  I will of course be adding to this page people who make useful and beautiful things with their hands.

We are presently working on a piece of equipment (a boiling vessel and holders) for making curved wooden parts for Misha, a carriage maker from Moscow, in Dubrovki. Check back for details.

Staritsa Travel and Tours Center

Address:  171360 Tver oblast / ul. Volodarskoya 16, 5 min. from the bus station. Try them for tour guides, including people able to keep you safe during your exploration of caves. Telephones: (08263) 23669, 21552, 23548. Their coordinator, Elena Orekhova, can be contacted at orehova_elena@list.ru

   
Charity
 

Children's shelter

Several years ago I was asked, by a French fellow from Alberta, Canada, to locate an orphanage yet unnoticed by western charity. The fellow then disappeared, as is usually the case with the French, but the project took off and now lives a life of its own. Check out the Staritsa Children's Shelter. Of projects of potentially lasting significance I would identify installation of woodworking machinery and, one a different scale altogether, long-term assistance to promising children, which would include monitoring their progress for many years.

Paulina's eyes

I would particularly like to support an eye operation for Paulina, the orphanage director before her retirement at the end of 2003, and now an active representative of the Vozdvizheniye Fund.

Clothing for single mothers

Distribution in Staritsa among poor single mothers who don't drink (one of the condition for receiving aid) is administered by Paulina. Clothing is collected mostly in Tver. I will deliver your unwanted items to Staritsa, especially if you bring them to me (Metro Novokuznetskaya/Tretyakovskaya) or Olesya (M. Voykovskaya). For details see Vozdvizheniye

Medical supplies for the hospital

3-4 years ago Ed Mattson of www.hopefromwings.org had us deliver two boxes of written off medical supplies to the Staritsa Hospital. I estimated the market value of the stuff and was amazed how much could be packed in one cardboard box. If you have access to standard medical supplies that are nearing the end of their shelf life, and can get them for free, sending them here may make every sense.
   
   

 

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