• Weekend with benefits: travel through writing places

    If your child does not like to read, you can arrange an adventure for him - a trip to the manor museums. Perhaps, having got acquainted with Russian writers closer, your child will feel a taste for literature.

    1. Big Boldino

    Photo: Alexey Kotlov / Lori Photobank

    Nizhny Novgorod Region, 490 km along the Gorky Highway.

    Working hours:Tuesday - Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00, Monday - day off.

    Price:The tour of the house-museum and the estate lasts 1.5 hours (an adult ticket is 300 rubles, for schoolchildren, students and pensioners 200 rubles, and preschoolers are free of charge).

    The family estate of Alexander Pushkin is located near the village of Diveevo, Nizhny Novgorod region. It was here in the autumn months of 1830 and 1833 that the poet experienced the highest creative rise in his life, writing “Little Tragedies”, “Belkin’s Tale”, “House in Kolomna”, the last chapters “Eugene Onegin”, “The Bronze Horseman”, “The Queen of Spades” , Fairy tales and lyric poems. The spirit of that era is still alive here today: the manor house and the manor park with a system of cascade ponds are preserved in their original form, and the furnishings of the rooms where the poet lived,recreated on a documentary basis. Visitors to the estate can also be photographed in suits of the Pushkin era and ride on a phaeton.

    A few kilometers from the manor’s estate is the grove Lučinnik, the poet’s favorite riding place. A spring with pure spring water has been preserved here, which the great poet loved to refresh in the summer heat.

    It is better to come to Boldino in the autumn when the flying cobwebs and the fiery foliage of the trees reproduce the atmosphere of the famous poetic pores. If you wish, you can stay in the hotel of the same name, located within walking distance from the museum-estate of Alexander Pushkin. Price - from 850 to 4500 rubles. depending on the number.

    2. Konstantinovo

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    Ryazan Oblast, 196 km along the Ryazan highway.

    Working hours:Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday - day off.

    Prices:single ticket for 5 expositions - for adults on weekdays 300 rubles, weekends and holidays - 350 rubles, for children under 16 years old - free of charge.

    The birthplace of the “last poet of the village,” Sergei Yesenin, is located on the high bank of the Oka, offering a breathtaking view. In the center of the village is a modest "manor" of the Esenins, a low village hut.It contains a stove, peasant utensils, a wooden bed with a quilt, the famous “old shushun” of the poet’s mother, and family photographs on the walls. The old church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God is visible from the window of the house. There is a school on the territory of the museum-reserve where Sergey, the priest Smirnov’s house (he crowned the poet’s parents and baptized him), the mansion of Lydia Kashina (Yesenin was friends with her, she became the prototype of the heroine in the poem Anna Snegina), a literary museum the memory of the poet.

    In the local "Tea" you will be treated to a peasant lunch of the early twentieth century and "treats grandmother Tanya", the mother of Yesenin. You can spend the night right there, in the guest house. On weekdays (from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.) one person’s stay in a double room costs 600 rubles per day, on weekends (from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 mon) - 800 rubles per day.

    3. Melikhovo

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    Moscow region, 55 km along the Simferopol highway.

    Operation mode:Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday - day off.

    Prices:1.5-hour tour of the estate - for adults 200 rubles. (May - September), 160 rubles. (October - April); for schoolchildren - 165 rubles / 125 rubles; for children under 7 years old - free of charge.

    Anton Chekhov bought Melikhovo in 1892 by an advertisement in a newspaper for 13 thousand rubles. And in 1899, he became acutely ill with tuberculosis, and he was forced to sell his beloved property and move to Yalta. In Melikhovo, the writer created 42 works: plays “The Seagull” and “Uncle Vanya”, the stories “The Man in the Case”, “Ionich”, “The House with the Mezzanine”, “My Life”, “The Gooseberry”, “About Love”, the story “ Chamber No. 6 ”, essay“ Sakhalin Island ”and others. Here he was engaged in medical practice - as a local doctor he received peasants from neighboring villages for free. Now the museum-reserve includes the Chekhov estate house, an exposition of the medical center “Ambulatory”, an old park and a garden (at one time the writer with great enthusiasm improved the estate: planted trees, grew vegetables), the Aquarium pond, a garden “South of France”, outhouse-kitchen. The two schools built by the writer and the house-wing were preserved, in which he preferred to work.

    Interactive classes and literary workshops are organized for children in Melikhovo, and every Saturday from 12 am to 3 pm, performances of the local theater “Chekhov Studio” are shown. On the estate there is a cafe where you can eat. And next to it is a guest house, a double room costs 2000 rubles per day.


    Photo: Sergey Chayko / Lori Photobank

    Oryol Region, 310 km along the Simferopol highway.

    Working hours:daily from 9:00 to 18:00 hours.

    Prices:a ticket to the territory - 80 rubles; for children under 16 years old - free of charge; tour of the estate and exhibition center (or literary exposition): adults - 360 rubles, students - 250 rubles, preschoolers - free of charge.

    “Spasskoe-Lutovinovo” is the only memorial museum of Ivan Turgenev in Russia. The family estate of the mother of the writer Varvara Petrovna Lutovinova in the Oryol province was presented to her family in the 16th century by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. On the territory there is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior (founded in 1779), an outbuilding and an old park, which was built here at the turn of the XVIII — XIX centuries. Turgenev described this park with its cozy gazebos, linden alleys, mighty poplars, oaks, spruces in his works “Rudin”, “Noble Nest”, “Faust”, “Fathers and Sons”, “Eve”, “Ghosts”, “Nov ". Schoolchildren here can participate in intellectual quizzes on the knowledge of the biography and creativity of the writer.

    After a tour of the manor you can eat pies in the museum cafeteria and drink a milkshake with ice cream.

    5. Yasnaya Polyana

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    Tula region, 200 km along the Simferopol highway.

    Working hours:on the estate you can walk until 21:00 (from April to October); visiting memorial buildings: Tue-Fri - 9: 30-15: 30; Sat, Sun - 9: 30–16: 30; Monday is a day off.

    Prices:a ticket with an excursion (manor, house, outbuilding) on ​​weekdays for adults - 350 rubles, for schoolchildren - 300 rubles; on weekends and holidays - 400 rubles. for all.

    Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, grew up and lived for over 50 years. Here was the family nest of the Tolstoy family and his favorite home. And here still descendants of the writer come here once a year - there are more than 250 of them and they live in different countries of the world. In Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy wrote about 200 works, among them “Anna Karenina”, “War and Peace” (he worked on the epic novel for 10 years), “Resurrection”. The scale of the reserve is impressive - 412 hectares. A wide birch alley leads to the house-museum - it is called in an old-fashioned “Prescpekt”, the writer loved to walk along it. He broke the estate gardens: apple, plum, cherry. Now there is a big harvest of apples. The manor lives: there is a private apiary, a stable (you can ride children on horseback), a poultry yard with chickens, ducks and geese.The house-museum preserved the situation of 1910 - the last in the life of the writer. All things, paintings, books (in the library of more than 22,000 copies) belonged to Tolstoy and his ancestors. The writer was buried here, in the forest, on the edge of the ravine.

    In the cafe "Preshpekt" (at the entrance to the estate) you will be offered dishes prepared according to the recipes of the wife of Tolstoy Sofia Andreevna. The Ankovsky apple pie is in great demand - a festive dessert of the family. You can stay at the hotel "Yasnaya Polyana", to it from the museum 1.5 km. Double room (parents and child) is from 4000 rubles.

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