Searching for sheep in Tutayev

Last Saturday, the town of Tutayev, some 40 km north of Yaroslavl, hosted a festival to celebrate the famous ‘Romanov sheep’, an over 200-year old breed of sheep originating from the area which is now spread all over the world.

Some research about the festival revealed we should expect a fair with singing, dancing and theatrical performances and sheep in bright Panama hats, colourful boots, flashy costumes, and silk ribbons’. We definitely didn’t want to miss that! 🙂 So we drove to Tutayev.

However, after a short drive and a walk through the city, we couldn’t find any sheep anywhere! We did see a few goats, but no sign of any sheep … After a while we gave up, bought an ice cream and settled on a small beach to enjoy the sun and the stunning view.

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On our way back to the car, we also took some time to admire the wonderful and impressive Resurrection Cathedral.

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Later, we discovered that we were probably on the wrong side of the Volga. The city of Tutayev is located on both sides of the river. At the beginning of the 19th century, the two parts of the city were two separate towns: Romanov (on the right side of Volga River) and Borisoglebsk (on the left side). At the beginning of the 20th century, they were united into one town, called Romanov-Borisoglebsk. Unfortunately for us, it was later renamed to Tutayev. Otherwise we would (probably) have known we were in Borisoglebsk and not in Romanov! 🙂

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