Greetings, dear readers! Summertime hasn't allowed me to open my laptop during those few spare weekends we've had so at least there is someone or something to blame for my absence. As always, obviously. But today I'm going to talk about a slightly gloomy road trip we took already more than a month ago, on July 11 (wow, seriously, who knows where the time goes???). We discovered Vasknarva and its unique village atmosphere and tested the warm waters of Lake Peipus, the fifth largest lake in Europe.
So, let's start with a few facts and illustrative material. Vasknarva is a tiny village located at Lake Peipus, next to the head spring of the River Narva. Entirely 830 people lived there in 1934 but in 2011 the number had decreased to modest 40. So it indeed is one very small and very special community. The village has a very tight little shop (see below, next to the last church photo), a castle (or actually parts of it) and an enormous, very fancy church.
The castle was built between years 1427 and 1442 and it had extraordinarily thick limestone walls (even 2.6-3.6 m!). From my photos below you can see some parts of the historical ruins. Amazingly thick walls indeed, don't you think? And on the opposite river bank behind me there is Russia and its Skamja village.
The very fancy and grand Orthodox sanctuary is called the Church of St Elijah the Prophet and it also holds a small nunnery. The church has such a beautiful and well-designed garden and even a sweet little apple orchard. But as mentioned before the weather was hazy and rain wasn't far from us so unfortunately I didn't get too many photos.
And then, last but most certainly not least we dipped our toes in the warm waters of Lake Peipus. Its empty, silent beaches are always breathtakingly beautiful. And although we didn't swim there this time I already have another batch of Lake Peipus photos from August 8 when we spent a lovely lunch hour there, swimming and sunbathing and simply enjoying the true Estonian summer August has finally offered us.
So I hope you guys enjoyed the photos (the last one makes me drool like a dog right now). And if all goes well I will probably put together a decent haul post for the next time. Cool thrift shop treasures, unexpected fancy prizes from Facebook, sale finds, a few beauty products and even more! I just have to somehow dig through the numerous photos and make it happen. Oh and one more important thing before I go. Beginning from tomorrow it's vacation time! Almost three weeks of freedom, countless plans, events and road trips, woo-hoo! See you in the next post!