Sunday, December 25, 2011
O centro historico aa beira do rio Volkhov tem tudo que um turista (e um morador) pode querer: paisagens belissimas, um parque na margem do rio, predios historicos, monumentos, igrejas, etc. Dentro do Kremlin de Novogorod (tambem conhecido como Detinets) ficam o palacio, os sinos e a torre de relogio mais antigos da Russia. Alem disso, ainda tem o Milenio da Russia, um monumento monumental (desculpe o trocadilho, mas o negocio eh enorme) inteiro de bronze, feito em 1882, e as catedrais de Santa Sofia e Sao Nicolau, ambas com quase 1000 anos de idade e em otimas condicoes.
Mas a minha sorte nao acabou por aqui. Para completar, nohs ainda filmamos a campanha toda no Museu Vitoslavtsy, uma area onde foram colocados diversos predios historicos. As contrucoes de madeira (trazidas de varios lugares da Russia) somadas aos personagens caracterizados nos davam a sensacao de voltar no tempo todas as manhas. Era engracado demais ir tomar cafe e ver, ao meu lado, 50 camponeses de 1800. De uma olhada nas fotos.
Velikiy Novgorod fica entre Moscou e Saint Petersburg. Se voce tiver um dia sobrando e quiser ver como era a Russia em 859, sugiro voce fazer uma escala por aqui.
As you might know (if you don’t scroll down 5 posts), this year I decided to travel more around Russia. As a coincidence, one of the campaigns I did this year contributed with my plan and I found myself in Velikiy Novgorod. Originally, this city wasn’t in my list of destinations. Shame on me. Blame my lack of knowledge. Velikiy Novgorod is one of the oldest and most important cities in Russia (it was the second city of the Kiev Rus Empire). It was founded in 859 and has one of the oldest and most beautiful kremlins (fortress in russian).
The historical center by the Volkhov river has everything a tourist an ask for: beautiful landscapes, a park by the water, historical buildings, monuments, churches, etc. Inside the walls of the Novogorod Kremlin (also know as Detinets) are the oldest palace, bells and clock tower in Russia. Besides that, you’ll also find a monumental monument (pun intended because the thing is freaking huge) made entirely of bronze in 1882, called Millennium of Russia, plus the Saint Sophia and the Saint Nicholas cathedrals, both from circa 1000 AD and very well preserved.
But my luck wasn’t over yet. To make things even better, we shot the whole campaign in the Vitoslavtsy Musem, an area where they have placed many historical buildings. The wooden buildings (brought from different regions of Russia) combined with all the actors dressed up in villagers’ costumes gave us the sensation of going back in time every morning. It was a lot of fun to go grab some coffee and see 50 peasants from 1800. Check the pictures.
Velikiy Novgorod is located between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. If you have a day to spare and want to see what Russia looked like in 859, I suggest you make a quick stop here.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Alem de estar muito bem conservada, Krasnoyarsk tem um pouco de tudo: um enorme rio (Yenisei) que cruza a cidade, montanhas (que viram estacoes de esqui no inverno), florestas (Taiga), pilares de rocha (Stolby), parques, etc. E tudo perto e facil de chegar. Ah, se voce tiver um 4x4 e um motorista louco, claro. Foi o nosso caso.
Depois de um dia normal de turista, resolvemos nos aventurar num tour off-road para ver de perto as atracoes locais. Alem da jah maravilhosa vista, fomos premiados com as cores do outono Russo, tambem conhecido como Outuno Dourado. As cores sao tao intensas que a camera digital eh incapaz de focar e captar os detalhes da paisagem onde o sol bate. Impressionante. Subimos todas as montanhas ao redor da cidade, entramos na Taiga (floresta do norte), visitamos a enorme hidroeletrica, comemos peixe defumado e escalamos alguns “stolbys”. A diferenca eh que o que as pessoas fazem aa peh, nohs fizemos de carro. Nosso piloto (nao dah para chamar de motorista) subiu tudo que eh lugar com o jipe. Nunca imaginei que fosse possivel fazer o que ele fez com aquele carro. Principalmente, na velocidade que ele fez. Assista o video abaixo para entender o que eu estou falando (esse foi na parte tranquila do passeio). Recomendo. Se voce passar por lah, fale com este cara: off-road24.ru
In Russian, “beauty” starts with “Kras” and I believe it’s no coincidence that you can find some of it right in the name of this city. Krasnoyarsk is said to be the most beautiful city of Siberia and, from what I’ve seen so far, I must agree.
Besides being very well preserved, Krasnoyarsk has a bit of everything: it has a big river (Yenisei) that crosses the city, mountains (that turn into ski stations in winter), forests (Taiga), rock pillars (Stolby), parks, etc. All within a 10 minute car ride radius. Well, at least when you are in a 4x4 jeep conducted by a mad man. Which was our case.
After a typical tourist day, we decide to try an off-road tour to see the local attractions. Besides the already wonderful landscape, we were blessed to see the Russian autumn, also known as Golden Autumn. The colors are so intense that the camera is unable to focus and capture details where the sun hits the trees. Amazing. We climbed all the mountains that surround the city, we entered deep in the Taiga (Northern Forest), we visited the huge hydroelectric power station, we ate a lot of smoked fish and climbed a couple of “stolbys”. The only difference is that what most people do by foot, we did by car. Our pilot (I cannot call him a driver anymore) climbed everything with his jeep. I never thought it was possible to do the things he did with that car. Specially at the speed he was doing those things. Watch the video below and you’ll get the idea (that was the relaxed bit of the ride). I strongly recommend him. If you are ever in town, call this man: off-road24.ru