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Svirstroy, Russia - Russian Waterways Cruise Port of Call on the Svir River

Typical Russian Village of Svirstroy Is Good Example of Life in Karelia

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Svirstroy is a small village of about 1000 residents located on the Svir River about 150 miles east of St. Petersburg. The Svir connects the two largest lakes in Europe--Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega. Svirstroy is a port of call on Russian Waterways cruises between St. Petersburg and Moscow, and we stopped over for a half-day while on the Grand Circle M/S Rossia.

The highlight of our day in Svirstroy was a walk through the small village and a visit to the home of Julia, a retired widow who served us tea and piroshkies while we queried her about life in Svirstroy over the past 75 years. We also loved the shopping in Svistroy, which was much cheaper than in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The residents of this small village have built wooden kiosk-sized shops and sell all sorts of Russian handicrafts and artwork. Needless to say, the passengers on the M/S Rossia loaded up on souvenirs and gifts. Fortunately, it was a short walk back to the river ship!

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Svirstroy on the Svir River in RussiaSvirstroy on the Svir River in RussiaPassengers Going Ashore in Svirstroy from the Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises M/S RossiaPassengers Going Ashore in Svirstroy from the M/S RossiaCarved Wooden Russian Bear at Souvenir Shop in Svirstroy, RussiaCarved Wooden Russian Bear at Souvenir Shop in Svirstroy, RussiaTea and Piroshkies with Julia in Svirstroy, RussiaTea and Piroshkies with Julia in Svirstroy, Russia
Julia's Table Laden with Tea and Piroshkies in SvirstroyJulia's Table Laden with Tea and Piroshkies in SvirstroyJulia's Garden in Svirstroy, RussiaJulia's Garden in Svirstroy, RussiaSvirstroy Back Yards and GardensSvirstroy Back Yards and GardensAll Roads Lead Away from Svirstroy, RussiaAll Roads Lead Away from Svirstroy, Russia
Shopping Kiosks in Svirstroy, RussiaShopping Kiosks in Svirstroy, RussiaConstruction Work in Svirstroy, RussiaConstruction Work in Svirstroy, RussiaView of Svirstroy from the Deck of the M/S Rossia Russian Waterways ShipView of Svirstroy from the Deck of the M/S Rossia Russian Waterways ShipSailing Away from Svirstroy, RussiaSailing Away from Svirstroy, Russia
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