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Veliky Novgorod: traveling by car

Once the route between the two capitals was called the Sovereign’s Road, and it was not easy to travel along it. On the way, the wanderers had to make many stops in towns and villages. Now most of these settlements are located on the comfortable M-10 highway. Including “Mr. Veliky Novgorod” – a small city with a rich history today. Silent witnesses of the old times have survived to this day: the Kremlin, shopping malls and other attractions, which are described in this material. And the route includes places where it is worth stopping on the way from Moscow.

Day One

From Moscow to Torzhok is about 230 km, but there will be many pleasant reasons to stay on the way. To see all the points on the route, rent a car on OneTwoTrip, the cost of rental per day – from 2900 rubles *.

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Moscow oblast

In the Moscow region there are romantic Serednikovo, where the poet Mikhail Lermontov spent time in his youth, cozy Shakhmatovo, where Alexander Blok’s family lived, and the chamber house museum composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky in the Wedge. And next to Serednikovo, the scenery of the cinema city remained Piligrim Porto. You can read more about these locations by the link.

In total, this part of the route will take three to four hours.


From Klin to Tver about 80 km. The road here is narrow, with speed limits, but you can bypass the toll section.

Tver is a small town on the Volga River. There are several sculptures on the picturesque embankment: leaning on the parapet young Alexander Pushkin and nameless lucky fisherman, from whom a fishing rod is sometimes stolen. On the other side of the river you can see Assumption Cathedral and monument to Afanasy Nikitinwho resolutely steps onto the ornate bow of the rook. From the embankment we go to the Cathedral Square and find ourselves in front of The Imperial Travel Palace XVIII century. The elegant yellow building, built in the classical and Baroque styles, is occupied by an art gallery. Not far from the entrance you can find an unusual bust of Karl Marx. Deprived of a neck, he looks like an ancient Greek god. We finish our walk around the city on Radishchev Boulevard, sitting next to monument to Mikhail Krug – the legendary chansonnier of the 1990s, whose name is closely connected with the history of Tver.

Walk: an hour.


From Tver to Torzhok — about 65 km. The road will lead to a provincial town closer to night.

Where to stay:

Torzhok Hotel – from 2500 rubles* per night per person;
Staroyamskaya Hotel and Spa – from 2500 rubles * per night per person.

Day Two


Torzhok was once an important and rich settlement. The name suggests that merchants brought goods from the southern regions here, and they did not leave empty-handed. And today several buildings of a small historical center occupy All-Russian Historical and Ethnographic Museum, whose staff study and preserve the Russian way of life, folklore, traditions, as well as the historical memory of Torzhok. In the restored Novotorzhsky Kremlin there are reenactors who conduct interactive excursions. The best view of the surrounding area opens from the bell tower Borisoglebsky Monastery. In the museum of local lore you can see birch bark letters – unique household notes of the Middle Ages. There are also in the city gold embroidery factorywhere there is a museum and a shop where you can buy modern linen clothes with elaborate embroidery.

Walk with a visit to the factory: two hours.


From Torzhok to Vasilevo approximately 15 km, it is only important not to miss an unexpected turn on the highway towards Moscow, otherwise you will have to make a big detour.

In Vasilevo Tverskoy architect Nikolai Lvov realized his bold ideas. The pearl of the estate has been preserved — a boulder bridge, the monumental arch of which does not correspond to the scale of the reservoir over which it is thrown. The fact is that this ferry was built not so much for transport tasks as for the sake of conducting an architectural experiment. The architect proposed a unique technology: the stones from which the bridge is assembled are fixed in grooves and held under their own weight without a bonding solution. By the way, you may have noticed such an unusual location in the movie “Night Watch”. An open-air museum has been organized on the territory of Vasilevo, where objects of wooden architecture brought from remote corners are collected. There is also a sign: you need to find a giant lime tree near the exit of the estate, climb into the hollow and make a wish.

Walk around the estate and the museum: from two to three hours.

And you can spend another half hour to go to the churchyard nearby and visit the grave of Anna Kern, “the genius of pure beauty” and the muse of Alexander Pushkin.


We return to the highway and after 50 km we arrive in Valdai. The Valdai Bell brand is known to many. In The Bell Museum they talk about how they are made, and give master classes in bell-ringing.

Valdai is located almost in the middle between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Therefore, not far from the post office is installed comic index in the form of a paving stone. One part of it with the inscription “curb” is directed towards St. Petersburg, and the other with the inscription “curb” is directed towards Moscow.

Next point — Iversky Monasteryfounded in the XVII century by Patriarch Nikon in the waters of Lake Valdai. Its high walls offer magnificent views of the lake.

Selvitsky Island, on which the monastery stands, is part of the Valdai National Park. Be sure to go to visit centertake a map and a ticket to one of the routes to breathe in the pine forest, wander along the winding paths and go down to the spring, where even at the end of May there is still snow. The park is well maintained, there are information stands along the routes and there are maps.

Walk: three hours.

Veliky Novgorod

After 140 km we arrive in Veliky Novgorod and stay overnight.

Where to stay:

Hotel Welcome inn – from 2200 rubles* per night per person;
Hotel History – from 2500 rubles * per night per person.

Day Three

The first half of the day will take a sightseeing tour of Veliky Novgorod, which is described in more detail in the article by the link.

And then you can go to one of the largest museums of wooden architecture in Russia Vitoslavlitsy 10 km from the city. There are ancient churches, huts, teremas and even a mill. It is open until 16:00 seven days a week. The inspection will take about an hour.

Then you need to drive 100 km to Staraya Russa. You can get into the past of the city by visiting the reconstruction museum “The manor of the medieval Rushanin”. Here is and house-museum of F. M. Dostoevsky, as well as the building depicted in the works of the writer as Grushenka ‘s house. In water tower an observation deck was organized at the beginning of the XX century.

You can return to Veliky Novgorod on the road around Lake Ilmen.

Day Four

If you managed to leave for Moscow very early, then on the way about Sacrum you can turn to Borovichi and drive 100 km to see the unique wooden train station, and another 30 km to museum-reserve the great Russian commander Alexander Suvorov. However, we must take into account that the road towards Borovichi is bumpy, and this long way will have to be done back to the highway. On the way to Moscow, you can make a stop at italian cheese farm in the village of Mednoye, Tver region. It is held by an Italian who fell in love with a Russian girl, and remained in Russia to produce cheese.

*Prices are valid at the time of publication

Circumnavigation of Turkey: a 10-day car route

After the start of the pandemic, another one was added to the standard associations with Turkey — Istanbul, all inclusive and bloggers against the background of balloons: the country of transfers.

Meanwhile, Turkey itself deserves much more attention than it is customary to pay to it. Hidden in the depths of the country are locations and attractions that can surprise even seasoned travelers. Here is a simple but interesting route for 10 days.

You can start a round-the-world tour of Turkey from Istanbul. The cost of the flight is 10,400 rubles * per person round trip. Car rental will cost a traveler from 2000 rubles * per day.

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It takes about two hours to move from Istanbul to Kerpe. This is one of the smallest resorts on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. It is famous for its picturesque rocky coast, indented by large grottoes and small caves. This relief is the result of thousands of years of efforts by the tides of the Black Sea. The rock complex looks especially photogenic in side lighting — at dawn or sunset. In the summer months, vacationers dive into the clear water directly from the rocks, although it is not very safe. And of course, rock climbers train on the steep walls all year round.

200 km south-east of Kerpe is the city Nallyhan. By itself, it is not particularly interesting, but there is a Saryar reservoir 20 minutes away. From its shores there is an amazing view of rainbow hills, almost like in Peru. Red, brown, yellow and gray are the predominant colors of the surrounding landscape, which was formed due to tectonic activity and the variety of minerals in the bowels of this area. You can drive up to the hills and even try to climb one of them. When viewed from above, the relief resembles a section of smoky agate. This place is still little known to tourists, which is good for curious travelers — there are always a few people here.

But on ace lakethat 250 km from the hills and an hour and a half drive from Ankara, there are much more visitors. This is the second largest freshwater reservoir in Turkey, but unlike the first, Lake Van, it is not deep at all. The salinity of the water of the Ace reaches 340 %, that is, the saturation with sodium chloride is much higher here than in the Dead Sea. A distinctive feature of the lake is that the water is literally teeming with saltwater unicellular, which color the reservoir in shades of red: from saturated fuchsia to a delicate purple color – depending on the time of year and the amount of precipitation. Obviously, in order to finish off visitors with the aesthetics of pink, flamingos sometimes fly to the lake. Travelers share information that most often they can be found in the southern part of the reservoir. But the appearance of sunset children always remains an unpredictable attraction and defies forecasts.

An hour and a half drive from the southern point of the Ace there is another little-known, but very unusual reservoir: crater lake Meke. It was formed in the mouth of the Karapinar volcano. The last lava ejection about eight thousand years ago formed another cone inside the crater, which looks like a fortress surrounded by a moat with salt water.

However, you can only see this “moat” after heavy rains: the groundwater level in the region is critically low and only internal resources are not enough to maintain the lake in its original flooded form. Despite this, such a “probe” of the crater lake will be of interest to those who cannot yet get to the Krenitsyn volcano on the Kuril Islands.

Erciyes Stratovolcanorelated to The Taurus Mountains, only a few hundred meters short of the title of a four-thousandth, but nevertheless is one of the most famous Turkish ski resorts. The most beautiful thing here is the mountains themselves. And to get to know them better, it is best to choose one of the hiking routes Aladaglar Nature Parkrocky slopes, steep ascents and equally steep descents are a real gift for those who love hiking. If they don’t attract you yet, you can limit yourself to getting acquainted with amazing Kapuzbashi waterfallslocated almost in the center of the mountain range. This is a natural complex consisting of seven waterfalls, each of which is unique. And you can just drive through the mountains on a flat toll road and feel like traveling through the Rocky Mountains of the USA.

It will take six hours and about 400 km to move to the north of the country, to the center of the province Amasya — the city of the same name with a population of about 80,000 inhabitants. The settlement itself is located at the bottom of the valley under the slope of Harshena Mountain. It stretches along the banks of the Yeshilyrmak River and is famous only for the abundant harvest of apples. The Turks even call Amasya the apple capital of Turkey. But just north of the city, on the rocky slope of Harshen, you can find carved in stone tombs of the Pontic kings. They differ from similar ones in Lycia and other places in that they have external walls, that is, in fact, they are separate structures cut down inside the rock. An ancient fortress is being restored at the top of Harshen, and at the eastern entrance to the city you can see the remains of an ancient aqueduct.

The next three days will be spent in the north-east of the country, which looks a little like Turkey. Rather, some kind of crazy mix of Norway and Ceylon, Switzerland and Bali — all this is primarily about Rize Province. This region is most famous for its tea plantations: it is here that the Turkish tea is grown.

This is the main source of income for the province and the main tourist “chip”, which in recent years the authorities hope to attract travelers. Surroundings of the main town of Rize — Pontic Ridges – drown in the greenery of mountain forests and flowering meadows, suspiciously reminiscent of alpine – even the houses are the same! Streams and rivers run along the slopes, and snow-capped peaks of three thousand meters can be seen above the tea gardens. 50,000 hectares of the province’s land is occupied by the Kachkar Ecological Protected Park — all these beauties are on its territory. And an hour’s drive from the coastal Rize is Palovit waterfall, which is like two drops of water similar to the Balinese Nung-Nung.

In the next room Trabzon Province the relief of the Pontic Mountains has created one of the most impressive sights of the Black Sea region — Uzungel Lake Valley. It looks, of course, not at all like a Turkish lake, but as part of some Norwegian fjord, there is even a trout farm. On the shore of Uzungel there is a small village full of fish restaurants and offers for tourists: fishing, river rafting, trekking and other popular activities. Basically, people go hiking in the mountains here and it is quite convenient to do it: there is no need to sleep in tents — there are many small chalet hotels in the vicinity. For example, there is a hotel along the Demirkapi River Sekersu Hotel. The room can be booked for 3100 rubles* per person.

Another breathtaking location of the province of Trabzon — Panagia Sumela Monastery. It was built more than 1,500 years ago right inside a chalk cliff, literally on a cliff. There were many sad pages in the history of this place, it is a miracle that the complex has survived to this day.

It stands, although, rather, it hangs today at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level, sparkling with its red tiled roof and masonry, as if it came here from Prague.

It seems that a trip to non-banal locations in Turkey can replace a visit to almost a dozen other countries and regions. At least for a while, until the world is fully open to travelers again.

Our project “Where to go” will help you with ideas for the upcoming vacation. You choose the month and city of departure, and we offer the most interesting and affordable options – with ticket prices and information about restrictions for tourists.

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Beautiful photos of a Chrysler gas turbine car (18 photos)

The gas turbine Chrysler is an experimental two-door sedan equipped with a gas turbine engine, which was produced by Chrysler from 1963 to 1964. The body was designed by the Italian design studio Carrozzeria Ghia, and the final assembly was carried out in Detroit.

A total of 55 cars were produced: 5 prototypes and a limited edition of 50 copies for the public use program. All of them were painted with branded metallized paint called “turbine bronze”.

The car was designed by designer Elwood Engel and Chrysler Studios and featured reinforced brakes, power steering and TorqueFlite transmission.

The Chrysler gas turbine engine program began in the late 1930s. Within its framework, prototypes were created that made long trips in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The A-831 engines, which were equipped with gas turbine cars in the “Gia” bodies, could run on many types of fuel, required less maintenance and served longer than conventional piston engines, although their production was much more expensive.

After the tests, from October 1963 to January 1966, Chrysler implemented a public use program, in which 203 drivers took part in 133 cities in the United States, who traveled more than 1.6 million kilometers in total.

This program helped the company identify problems with cars, especially with their complicated start-up procedure, relatively unimpressive increase in speed, as well as with fuel consumption and noise that were not at the proper level. Experience has also revealed the advantages of gas turbine engines, including their amazing durability, smooth operation and relatively modest maintenance requirements.

After the end of the program of use on public roads in 1966, Chrysler recalled the cars and destroyed all but 9 copies. Chrysler itself has retained 2 cars, 6 cars are on display in museums in the United States, and one car is in a private collection.

Chrysler completed all work on the turbine project in 1979, mainly due to non-compliance with state emission standards, due to relatively poor fuel economy and as a condition for obtaining a government loan in 1979.

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