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Mandrogi 2013

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Once upon a time there was a village called Verkhnie Mandrogi, or "Upper Falls" in the language of the locals. 170 miles north-east of St. Petersburg, on the banks of the Svir, a beautiful river running from Lake Ladoga to Lake Onega, right on the way from the Baltic to the Volga, part of the Valaam Archipelago. Verkhnie Mandrogi is a reconstructed traditional Russian village. It is located on the shore of the Svir River, which connects the greatest European Lakes Ladoga and Onego. The distance to St.Petersburg is 270 km. The village has several traditional Russian houses (izba), museums. The nature is nice around, the River has lots of fish, and forests are inhabited with many bird and animal species.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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