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As we went to Ilzho

On the way

Any rest usually begins after the journey. Our rest usually begins with old Ikarus who patiently waits for all driving off on parking. A way from St. Petersburg to Luga remote therefore our bus becomes to us almost native. Names of villages by which it is necessary to pass are learned by heart long ago. In some of them we already and can drive excursions as real guides.

Here, for example, Vyra. In this village there is “A lodge of the station inspector“ - the first in our country museum of literary heroes created according to A.S. Pushkin`s story “The station inspector“. History of Vyrsky post station originates in 1800. At that time there passed the Belarusian post path, and Vyra was the third station from St. Petersburg.

the Great Russian poet traveled much, not less than 13 times there was he and at Vyrsky station. There are bases to believe, as “The station inspector“ he named the main character of the story from the name of this station - the ancient Russian village of Vyra. The museum opened in October, 1972 recreates a characteristic situation of Pushkin times. Really it is a monument of the road life of Russia which consigned to the past.


A - the most beautiful of all what I saw, - the village of Rozhdestveno which has ancient history. The first mentions in the Novgorod chronicles of the Gryaznevsky churchyard belong to the 15th century. The Gryaznevsky churchyard (that is, Gryazne standing on the river) is and there is present Rozhdestveno. In 1713 local lands including Rozhdestveno, were presented to the tsarevitch Alexey Petrovich for whom the traveling wooden palace was built here (this palace, by the way, did not remain up to now).

The same year the tsarevitch Alexey put in the village church for the sake of the Virgin`s Christmas. Since then the village Big Dirty also began to be called Rozhdestveno. After Alexey`s execution the village replaced many owners. Before revolution of 1917 a manor owned, though it is short, Vladimir Nabokov. In 1974 in the farmstead house the Museum of local lore which in 1987 was reorganized into the historian - the literary and memorial museum of V. V. Nabokov was open.

At last, we drive up to Luga. “There is in Russia a city of Luga of the St. Petersburg district...“ - with irony A.S. Pushkin wrote. At the time of the princess Olga there was a village of Luzskoye which was approximately in 4 km from the present city here. In 1777 (after administrative reform of Catherine II) the decree on foundation of the city in that place where “Vrevk`s river flows into Luga“ was issued. As locals speak, the city of Luga is called by name Luga - the river. Root LG - LZh designating water is the cornerstone of the name. Many local names go from this root: Meadow, Ilzho, Izhlovo (remember the word “pool“).

in days of the Great Patriotic War here the Luga defensive boundary about 300 km long which had extremely important value for defense of Leningrad was. Exactly here plans of Hitlerite command about “lightning“ occupation of the city on Neva were ruined. Hitlerites could not take storm Luga. Our troops left it when the opponent broke on the Kingisepp direction and left to Gatchina and Tosno.

When the front drew near Leningrad, on the Luga earth which became the enemy back the powerful guerrilla movement was developed. Luga was freed from aggressors on February 12 1944 Mr. of Luzhane sacredly store memory of the heroes. The big stele is devoted to soldiers - rebels of Baltic Shipyard, battling against fascist aggressors in 1941, it is established on the former line of defense near the highway Luga - Gorodets (the southern suburb of the city). Among high pines on the mountain the military cemetery is located. About two thousand Soviet soldiers are buried in mass graves.

the Big memorial complex was built to the luzhena by means of chiefs here - workers of Baltic Shipyard. On the project of the architect A. Strishkov the architectural composition including 12 - a meter stele from metal and the concrete plate with bronze bas-reliefs devoted to Heroes of the Soviet Union the guerrilla Tosa Petrova and the commander of a tank prospecting company Victor Pislegin is created. Heaps of ruins were left behind by fascist aggressors. But the luzhena revived the city. Now only old photos remind of a wartime.

We leave Luga on Pskovskoye Highway and soon, moving according to indexes on the route, we drive up to an ultimate goal of our travel. The small column with the inscription “ILZhO“ at entry into the village remains nobody unnoticed. We pass by it with ringing shouts “Ur - and!!!“ . The echo carries this joyful cry on all the district. Whether locals are glad at the same time, remains to unknown forever...

the Main sight of the village - the wooden lordly estate on the bank of the Ilzhensky lake, at the beginning of the 18th century belonging of Skobeltsev. In 1972 here for the summer I. N. Kramskoy, K. A. Savitsky, I. I. Shishkin rented the dacha. Shishkin painted here the pictures “Midday“, “Pond in Old Park“, “Backwoods“ for which he was entitled professor in 1873. The last from owners of the estate - columns of the Fanns - derflit.

In Soviet period in the estate the school was located, during war - the German hospital. Despite respectable age, the estate looks very gracefully. Still the decorative carving ornating the house remained also the roof with a porch is whole. The house is abandoned. Completely driven in, with the beaten-out glasses, it leaves the charming terrace to the lake which though grew strongly, but it is all the same beautiful. It is surprising how the house endured two wars and collectivization, now it is in a deplorable state... Except the house, only 2 inhabited wings and one wall of a stable remained.

But our ultimate goal - not the estate per se. At departure from the village, on the small hill near the Orange lake there is a recreation facility constructed for the employees by one of the Petersburg enterprises. There we so actively also aspire.

We have a rest!

Every year we get out in Ilzho by all means in August. In the Luga regions August - a heat of the velvet season. Still rather warmly and solarly, to sunbathe and bathe, the time of autumn rains did not come yet. On the other hand, in the woods and on kitchen gardens the harvest already begins to keep up. In the dining room (and we have on base excellent cooks who cook well and home-style) we were indulged every day vegetables and fruit: apples, plums, vegetable marrows, sweet pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes - the season of which just begins in August.

the Next woods also with might and main pleased us with gifts of the nature: raspberry, blueberry, stone bramble, dogrose, wild sorrel, mushrooms. Children always with pleasure walked on the wood and regaled on berries, and adults gathered mushrooms and berries for house preparations for the winter at this time. By the way, especially for these purposes (drying, cooking, conservation) on base it is specially equipped round-the-clock gribovarnya.

For mushrooms us was often carried by bus in the marvelous wood. More precisely, in the real coniferous pine forest - very beautiful and cozy on which it is possible to walk in house-shoes: under legs dense, soft and rather dry moss grows there. All leave this pine forest only with mushrooms.

Locals breed with

who hens who bees, some have a cow or goats. Therefore we quite often went to the village behind milk, honey, eggs. Moreover and home after the end of change brought rich gifts.

in the territory of the base and to children and adults big expanse: children`s and sports platforms, table tennis, billiards, a bath with a sweating room, a sauna, library, specially equipped places for picnics with a brazier. And what lake at us! Small, deep and very beautiful forest lake... Instead of the sand beach a wooden planked footway with metal ladders for an entrance to water is constructed. The youth and children is more senior arranged the whole competitions in a diving for which all village gathered.

But, according to my children, the biggest sight of recreation facility in Ilzho is a stable. There are horses Aglaia (or tenderly Glasha), the Speculator (or Red), the Egoist (or Gosha) and a pony (donuts) - Feya and Philemon. They were presented to our institute in due time, and they at once became general favourites. At each of them the unique character. Aglaia, for example, very lazy - sleeps on a clothes line. The speculator - proud, and the Egoist - obstinate. Philemon (or Filya) - very much likes to bite, and the Fairy (or Plush) - to kick.

Everyone can ride horses - under the leadership of the groom, certainly. Ponies usually roll kids: in a carriage with jingles - on 5 people, or astride - “for the handle“. Children are more senior go on Glashe (the groom Masha even specially trains everyone to go an ordinary and educational lynx, gallop). Well, and adults communicate with stallions more often. By the way, all our horses - thoroughbred, thoroughbred racers who participate every year in various competitions and jumps. The whole big stand is employed in the museum of our institute with cups and medals of the last years. By the way, in the village, neighboring to Ilzho, - Kalganovke - is horse-breeding center in the territory of which there took place the last competitions. What a pity that you were not there!!! But it already another story altogether...