Our first stop is a monument to either the thoughtful or the bored lyceum student Alexander, erected for the centenary of the great writer in the Lyceum Garden. During the Great Patriotic War, the monument was buried by locals immediately in the park, thanks to which it was possible to preserve it.
We will visit the famous lyceum, where from 1811 to 1817 was brought up A.S. Pushkin. Here he met his faithful friends who kept their loyalty to the strong lyceum brotherhood. Here, "near the waters that shone in silence", he began to "muse". The museum recreates the atmosphere of life of that very first Pushkin issue. We can take a look at the library, classrooms, bedrooms of pupils. Important: detailed information about current excursions should be clarified by phone number indicated on the official website of the museum. The museum is not open on Tuesdays and the last Friday of each month.
We move to Alexander Sergeyevich's dacha, which is more like a mansion. There are, by the way, more than 10 rooms. Pushkin rented 8 of them for several months in 1831, soon after his wedding with Natalia Goncharova. The result of his stay at the dacha in Tsarskoye Selo was "The Tale of Tsar Saltan", "Onegin's Letter to Tatiana", "Borodino Anniversary" and many other works. Important: The museum is not open on Tuesdays and the last Friday of each month.
We will have lunch at an authentic restaurant located in a 19th century mansion. We will enjoy the view of the Pushkin Cathedral Square, the atmosphere of the past centuries, as well as delicacies of Russian and European cuisine, served on the royal tables more than a hundred years ago.
On the way to Pskov we will visit Arina Rodionovna, the legendary nanny of Alexander Pushkin. House Arina Rodionovna received a gift from Hannibalov-Pushkin for his faithful service. It is amazing that this is the only museum in the world dedicated to the serfwoman, so please have a look at the unique exhibition of its kind. Important: The museum is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Another unique house on our way is the first museum of a literary hero in Russia. Thanks to archival documents and A.S. Pushkin's story "Station Ranger" it was possible to recreate a post station of those times, with authentic things. Alexander Sergeyevich's roadside is an example of that. Important: The museum is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Let us stop at the memorable stele to remember that in 1941 the Germans captured the town of Luga and kept it under their control for 902 days.
We will pass by the estates of Lubensk and Vecha, where NA Rimsky-Korsakov wrote operas "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" and "The Golden Cockerel" by the same name works of Alexander Pushkin.
Well, we made it to Pskov. We'll have dinner at a restaurant with a modern look at Russian cuisine. We recommend to pay attention to the salad with Murmansk cod, smoked on alder chips, olive with smoked chicken, pike caviar and mousse from green peas, cutlet de voliai with potato parmentier, parmesan and lingonberry sauce.
We go to rest and gain strength.