We have breakfast in a cozy coffee shop overlooking the morning city. The menu includes granola with trendy chia pudding, French toasts with pear and vanilla, cheese cakes with mozzarella and basil. Pay attention to the seasonal drinks, there are very tempting positions.
The culmination of our journey is the estate where the great Leo Tolstoy was born, lived and created for 50 years. Here were written the legendary "War and Peace", "Anna Karenina" and many other works that we love. The house of Lev Nikolaevich carefully keeps the atmosphere of the last year of his life. Personal belongings, a library (22 thousand books), paintings - all authentic. Even the Persian nut table in the writer's office is still standing, covered with green cloth. The museum organizes more than a dozen different excursions (see the official website). Among them are not only sightseeing tours, but also thematic, interactive, cycling and horse-riding tours. There are master classes and literary quizzes for children. Important: Monday off at the manor house. Every last Tuesday of the month is a health day.
The picture would not be complete without the railway station, where Lev Nikolaevich received mail, called friends on the phone, met guests. Tolstoy was brought here in 1910 by the same mourning train. Important: On Mondays and Tuesdays the exhibition "Leo Tolstoy's Railway" is closed.
We're on our way to Moscow. But first, a well-deserved lunch at the kalachny. The main dish here is a kalacha of whole-grain flour with stuffing for every taste: with duck stew, roast beef, baked vegetables, catfish and Camembert cheese. Hot dishes of Russian cuisine are served: beef stroganoff, pancakes and dumplings. The cafe is located on the territory of the farm fair "LavkaLavka", where you can buy vegetables, pickles, meat, fish, cottage cheese, bread, honey.
Our last stop was the village of Ostrov, which Ivan Kalita mentioned in his letter of commendation. Here rises the temple of the Lord's Transfiguration. Once upon a time, during a spring flood, the Moscow River flooded the valley, and the high place where the church stands turned into an island surrounded by water from all sides. It's important to warn the priest about your visit. Contacts can be found on the official website of the temple.
Well, goodbye to you on this delicious note with a Georgian accent. See you on your new journey!