Our family like active life, and on the 2nd of January we decided to go to Tomskaya Pisanitsa again, as they organize Ded Moros's (Dather Frost's) residence there in winter. I wrote about Tomskaya Pisanitsa some time ago (http://mytravelog.blogspot.com/2011/05/tomskaya-pisanitsa.html), it is a very interesting travel destination in our region.
That time we didn't manage to have a close look at Kemerovo, the capital of Kemerovo region, but this time we made up for it, and we liked it very much.
Kemerovo is a typical Soviet city, with mostly Stalin-style, Khruschev-style and modern architecture, but it has its unique image. The city is very clean, its streets are broad, public transportation is in perfect order, there are enough places to eat, but it is problematic to find a cheap hotel, and there is no hostel, which is understandable, because it is not a tourist destination at all.
But anyway, if you happen to come to Kemerovo, which can only happen by chance unless you are there on business, try to spend a couple of hours looking around.
The city center and the river Tom embankment are very nice.
Unfortunately I don't know much about the history of Kemerovo. It seems that the first Russians came there several centuries ago, but the initial settlement ceased to exist. There is no building in Kemerovo, which would look older than 80 years. I think I should read something about Kemerovo. It is one of the closest cities to Novosibirsk, and I don't know anything about it.
Our first time there was in May, it was about +8C and very wet, and somehow now, when it's -15C outside, it was much nicer. For me it's no wonder, winters are rather dry here, and if there's no wind, it's really nice to be out with all the snow and frost. But you have to walk very fast, of course.
The first thing we visited was a war memorial. The one in Novosibirsk is very much alike, but I suppose they are all of this kind in Russia, with eternal flame in front of it.
Then we explored the embankment, and found a typical place newlyweds usually visit.
|Golden fish from one of Pushkin's fairy tales|
|Pushkin with his sweetheart|
|The post office|
|The city administration|
And then I looked around a little. Behind the regional administration I found a nice building, which looks like a part of the administration.
After having coffee (very good!) in one of the cafes we drove back to Novosibirsk. The distance between the cities is 260-300 km depending on the road one takes, and on the 3rd of January it was nearly empty, which was lucky, and we managed to reach Novosibirsk in as little as 3.5 hours.