21 July 2014 – Monday: Mandrogi

We start the day leisurely with lectures on board about Russian food culture and what to look for in gifts and typical souvenirs.  After lunch we arrive in Mandrogi.  This is an artificial village, a grouping of several old traditional buildings that have been brought here from various locations.  The buildings are old homes, shops, farm buildings and windmills.  The buildings housed craftsman and gift shops.  Mandrogi was built buy and enterprising Russian as a tourist stop for Russian travelers.  Back on board the chef had a fun presentation on how to make “pelmeni” a Russian filled dumpling.  It’s similar to raviloli or Chinese dumplings.

 

 

All the Best,

Wayne & Dianne

 

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