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.