Ten Tips Before You Travel

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6. Don't leave your luggage unattended. If you are flying, don't make jokes withrepparttar check-in staff about drugs, bombs or any other security issue. They have to take all such comments seriously, which could delay your flight or even prevent you from travelling.

7. Some US states and some countries have strict rules about carrying fruit and vegetables in. Make sure that you are aware of these rules - even a seemingly innocent apple or banana in your lunch box could break these rules!

8. Double check your packing! Whilst you'll almost certainly be able to buy replacement items such as toothpaste or a toothbrush, it's notrepparttar 143899 best thing to be doing when you arrive at your destination. Some people find it handy to type up a list on their computer and use this as an extra memory aid.

9. If you use any prescription medicines that you must take, bring two sets and pack them in different locations in case one bag gets lost. Also bring a copy of your written prescriptions, including those for glasses and contact lenses.

10. Bring a small carry-on bag with an extra set of clothes. Ifrepparttar 143900 worst should happen and your bag is lost, you will have a change of clothes until your bag finally arrives. If you must take daily medication, bring a two-day supply with you inrepparttar 143901 carry-on bag.

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GOLDEN RING of Russia- Travel Guide, Part 1

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Murom (founded 862, population 145,000) - one ofrepparttar oldest Russian cites stretched alongrepparttar 143856 left bank ofrepparttar 143857 Oka river. The town's name originates from "muroma", one ofrepparttar 143858 Finno-Ugric tribes lived here 15 centuries ago. Every Russian knowsrepparttar 143859 name Ilya Muromets. He was a mythical epic hero defending people of Russia and later became a synonym of superior physical and spiritual power and integrity, dedicated torepparttar 143860 protection ofrepparttar 143861 Homeland. There is a monument to Ilya Muromets built on a river bank ofrepparttar 143862 Oka river in Murom. The town survived three Mongol invasions. Inrepparttar 143863 17th century Murom became an important centre of various crafts - building, painting, sawing. There are three working monasteries in Murom.

Palekh (founded 1600, population 6,000) -repparttar 143864 village is situated about 400km (250 miles) from Moscow inrepparttar 143865 Ivanovo region. Inrepparttar 143866 15th century it was one ofrepparttar 143867 first centers of icon drawing trade. Afterrepparttar 143868 1917 communist coup, whenrepparttar 143869 icon business went down, Palekh masters tried to decorate wooden toys, dishes, porcelain and glass. Butrepparttar 143870 most interesting way turned out to be painting black-lacquered boxes made of papier-mache. These daysrepparttar 143871 name of Palekh is nearly synonymous withrepparttar 143872 art of Russian lacquer. Palekh artists are generally regarded asrepparttar 143873 most highly trained ofrepparttar 143874 Russian miniature painters. Famous for highly detailed miniatures with elaborate ornamentation,repparttar 143875 village of Palekh has a long artistic tradition. Like their icon painting forebears, today's Palekh artists use egg tempera paints and paint inrepparttar 143876 Byzantine style. Favored themes arerepparttar 143877 Russian fairy tales,repparttar 143878 famous Russian troika (three horse sleigh), and scenes of life inrepparttar 143879 countryside. The art of Palekh miniatures expressesrepparttar 143880 true national character. Many examples of Palekh art have received recognition at international exhibitions and have become world-known.

Pereslavl-Zalesskiy (founded in 1152, population 45,000) - one ofrepparttar 143881 oldest Russian towns,repparttar 143882 birthplace ofrepparttar 143883 famous Russian prince Alexander Nevsky, who defeated an army of German knights in 1242. Zalessky means "behindrepparttar 143884 woods". That is where, behindrepparttar 143885 dense forests, ancient Slavic tribes retreated seeking refuge from hostile nomads coming fromrepparttar 143886 South-East. The town is situated onrepparttar 143887 shores ofrepparttar 143888 huge Pleshcheyevo lake. The town is also connected withrepparttar 143889 name ofrepparttar 143890 famed Russian tsar-reformer Peterrepparttar 143891 Great who in 1680-s practiced his skills in ship-building making over 100 boats and sail vessels, who entertained himself with first Russian navy exercises onrepparttar 143892 Pleshcheyevo lake.

Ples (founded in 1410, population 4,000) - this quet little historical town is located onrepparttar 143893 bank ofrepparttar 143894 mighty and beautiful Volga river. Duringrepparttar 143895 reign of Ivanrepparttar 143896 Terrible Ples was one ofrepparttar 143897 largest river firsh suppliers torepparttar 143898 kings' court. Inrepparttar 143899 18-19th centuriesrepparttar 143900 town became known as a popular resort and was often called "Russian Switzerland" forrepparttar 143901 beauty of its scenery. Numerous Russian artists includingrepparttar 143902 famous master of landscapes Levitan used to come here to work.

Rostov Veliky (Rostovrepparttar 143903 Great, founded in 862, population 40,000) - another pearl of ancient Russian culture. In old Russia only two towns were called veliky (great). One was Novgorod,repparttar 143904 famous trade centre ofrepparttar 143905 Russia's north,repparttar 143906 other Rostov. The Principality of Rostov-Suzdal-Vladimir was one ofrepparttar 143907 strongest political divisions of Kievan Rus. It controlled allrepparttar 143908 major rivers in northeast Rus includingrepparttar 143909 Moskva, Oka, Kliazma, and Volga. Inrepparttar 143910 12th century Rostov grew to equal Kiev and Novgorod in size and importance. It was maderepparttar 143911 seat of an Orthodox Metropolitan (Head of Russian Church) in 1587, and served as an important commercial center inrepparttar 143912 16-19th centuries, one ofrepparttar 143913 wealthiest inrepparttar 143914 country, so it could afford to hirerepparttar 143915 very best builders, decorators and stone-cutters. Modern Rostov is a sleepy old town with some magnificent buildings next torepparttar 143916 shallow Nero lake.

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