Hope ya’ll having good weekend today. This is an idea of what your weekend could look like if you spend it in some of the tourist attraction areas of Karjala, or Karelia like its being called in Russia – a region next to Finland, it lies to the North East of St. Petersburg. This one is not exactly in Karelia but on its border, closer to St. Petersburg. Luxury cabins deep inside the local “Taiga” (which means forest). Stables, lots of stuff to see and buy, local foods and vodka. See it yourself:
As you get closer to the place you can see local attractions like this horse powered cart.
The firewood storage.
Here they used to breed rabbits but it looks like the cages are empty now.
The general manager of the place.
With the map.
Classical and exclusive.
“You can swap the vodka from your hometown for our vodka in the museum”.
A Russian soccer celebrity has donated his t-shirt to the vodka museum.
Palace of vodka.
Some more vodka and visitors.
Outside there is some place for vodka too.
Local canteen for eating meals.
Some buildings were moved here from decayed villages, etc.
The village itself is said to be built in place of a dead village that was burnt down by a fire.
And here you can see cruise river boats arrive with tourists.
BANYA or Russian sauna.
And here are the souvenir shops. Sellers in the shops are also the craftsmen who produce stuff while you wait. So one can not just buy pieces they see but they can also see how stuff is being made.
A blacksmith place. Also fully functional – you even can see the coal at the side of the door.
Things being made here..
And a blacksmith making a horse shoe.
Russian icons workshop.