Kizhi Island, Russia – Travel Tuesdays

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

I am starting a new section on my blog called Travel Tuesdays. It will feature amazing places I have traveled. I hope you enjoy this new addition. First stop is a small mystical island in Russia.

I am delighted when I find a place so magical that it makes me believe I am in fairy tale. That is what happened on Kizhi Island in Russia. Even the locals consider this to be a sacred space.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

The Church of the Transfiguration was built completely of wood without a single nail in the early 18th century.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

In 1990, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Kizhi Island now contains some of the oldest surviving examples of Russian log buildings.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

All this unusually picturesque setting exists within a length of 3.7 miles.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

The weather was crazy, raining one minute and sunny the next, making the lighting magnificent.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

On the back side of the church where the moss wasn’t growing you can get a better idea of what it originally looked like.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Locals still keep up some of the island traditions.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

Inside the chapel was well preserved frescos. Oh the stories they could tell if only we had more time.

The local monks serenaded us. Heavenly.

It was the perfect note to end our day.

Kizhi Island Russia | She Paused 4 Thought

I enjoyed my time on the island with my parents while we were on a riverboat cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Quote of the Day:

“Travel is like knowledge. The more you see the more you know you haven’t seen.” – Mark Hertsgaard
…and then, she paused for thought.

 

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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25 Responses to Kizhi Island, Russia – Travel Tuesdays

  1. Leslie Macchiarella September 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    My oh my! What a joy to see these sights. No nails? How amazing is that! The singing monks in that historic setting and the photo of you and your parents strolling in front of that breathtaking church. Just takes my breath away. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible travels.

    • Cathy Arkle September 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks Leslie. It was such a joyful place to be. I am so happy you enjoy this.

  2. Maggie Zeibak September 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Cool indeed. I’m going to look forward to Tuesdays!

    • Cathy Arkle September 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks Maggie, I hope to do this once a month.

  3. Nanette September 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Food and travel go together perfectly.

    • Cathy Arkle September 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks Nan, I couldn’t agree with you more.

  4. Rona Lewis September 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    How wonderful! And they say (whoever THEY is) that when monks sing, they sanctify the space the music is in. That’s why the CD CHANT sold so well many years ago. I loved this!!

    • Cathy Arkle September 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

      I agree with THEY! The whole island seemed to be sanctified. So happy you enjoyed this Rona.

  5. Carolyn Nelson September 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    It was a Great trip and having Cathy with us made it even better.

    • Cathy Arkle September 30, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks Mom! I love my travels with you and Dad. 🙂

  6. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life September 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Your photos are pieces of art. This place seems magical. I’m looking forward to Tuesdays.

    • Cathy Arkle October 1, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks Judy, it was an amazing place. So sureal.

  7. CC September 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    I am DELIGHTED about your new Travel Tuesdays feature! I just love all your travel photos and you have been so many places, it only seems fair that you “have” to share them with the rest of us! This building is truly amazing, and to think there are no nails in all that wood is pretty incredible! I’ve just added the island to my bucket list! Thank you, Cathy!!

    • Cathy Arkle September 29, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

      I am so happy you like Travel Tuesday. I do have many places I would love to share. There are so many amazing places in the world that are so exciting. Kizhi Island is really bucket-list worthy.

  8. CHERI NEWELL September 30, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    What a wonderful addition to your Blog… such a well traveled girl should be writing a book about her adventures and love of food… with her awesome recipes and beautiful photos!!! I get to experience vicariously through you!!! Thanks so much Cath!

    • Cathy Arkle October 1, 2015 at 12:00 am #

      Thanks Cheri! I am so happy to have you along for the ride. Traveling is such a fabulous experience.

  9. sippitysup October 2, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    I am simply AMAZED! Really. GREG

  10. Adri Barr Crocetti October 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    What a great feature, and what a spectacular inaugural post. Without a single nail! Are you kidding me? It must have been an absolutely fascinating thing to see. Thank for sharing. I have never heard of this place.s

    • Cathy Arkle December 6, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Thanks Adri, it was spectacular. I do hope you are able to see it someday.

  11. nusrat2010 October 26, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    So mesmerizing! So breath-takingly beautiful!

    Thank you for the “Travel Tuesdays” …. A lot of escapists like me would love to dive in here at your blog on Tuesdays 🙂

    • Cathy Arkle December 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

      I am so happy you can dive in to some fun travel spots. I am working on my next fun adventure to share with you.

  12. Lentil Breakdown December 5, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Wow! How did I miss this? It’s FABULOUS!

    • Cathy Arkle December 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your support.

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