Leaving Russia without visiting another of the famous Golden Ring cities was not an option. We planned on visiting Sergiev Posad, but we wanted to squeeze in a second destination, so Rostov Veliky popped in. And that was a huuuuge surprise. Sergiev Posad has one of the nicest monasteries in the whole Russia, but it is overly touristic. Dozens of buses arrive there from Moscow and spend the afternoon around the monastery. But in the evening when they are gone it’s only you and the locals at the evening mass. Happy Frog didn’t spend one, but two nights soaking up the atmosphere and loving the place.
As if it wasn’t enough we took a third class train to Rostov and spent a day there without any tourists in sight (except of a small group of old ladies). We had the whole city just for ourselves: the outstanding monastery, elegant wooden houses, tree lined alleys and a beautiful lake. The place just seemed unreal. Have I mentioned it before? We are in love with Russia!