The Golden Ring: Vladimir, Yerev-Polsky, SuzdalPosted September 18, 2011 by Jan
September 18, 2011
Dear Family and Friends
Vladimir Vladimirovich was my driver In Vladimir. He spoke not one word of English. Somehow we managed to communicate.
Vladimir Vladimirovich and I scanned my map of “Russia’s Heritage Cities.” We decided on a circular clockwise route: Vladimir, Yerev-Polskoy, Suzdal, Bogolyubovo, and back to Vladimir.
The Heritage Cities are best known as “The Golden Ring.” North and east around Moscow are more than a dozen ancient cities with unique Russian architecture dating back to the 12th to 17th Centuries.
Vladimir Vladimirovich picked me up at 09:00 at the Monomakh Hotel (named for Grand Prince Vladimir Monomakh (1053-1125). Vladimir sped through the green-to-slightly-golden countryside. The towns were lovely. Monasteries, cathedrals, churches, markets, private homes and small shops called супермаркеты were the stops for the day.