Novgorod
Russia
In between St Petersburg and Moscow lies the ancient
city of Novgorod, where Russian history began.  Above
is the Cathedral of St Sophia, considered the oldest
surviving building in Russia.  It was completed in 1050.
A close look at St Sophia's domes suggests they may
have originally used the design of helmets worn by
Russian soldiers.  There are other theories.
Kremlin is the Russian word for fort.  The Kremlin
in Moscow is the most famous one, but other old
cities such as Novgorod have their own Kremlins.
Russia's traditional stringed instrument is the balalaika, a
triangular guitar that comes in every possible size.  This was
the largest one, part of an orchestra for a fantastic Russian
dance troop featured in my video.  They performed in St
Petersburg, and never stood in one place long enough for a
still photo.  Incredible energy and skill in their dancing.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking on:
Tsar Trek