In the heart of the Old Russian lands, in the Tver region, a Karelian enclave has existed for four centuries already. Once it numbered about 140 thousand people. Today the number of people speaking dialects of the Karelian language and aware of their roots is rapidly decreasing. But not all is lost: culture and language live on in small villages, museums of regional studies, workshops and centres of architecture. That is where you will go today!
In the first half of the day you'll take a walk at the ethnographic open-air museum "Vasilevo" where you'll see the real Karelian houses of the past centuries. After having a meal in the real monastery's refectory you will go to the marmalade factory near Likhoslavl. Then the way lies to the ceramic workshop-store in order to buy useful souvenirs with Karelian motives at home. At the end of the day visit the Karelian Museum of Local Lore, where you will get answers to all your questions.
An exciting journey awaits you! Before a long and interesting journey, we recommend stopping at a proven gas station - fill up with quality fuel a full tank and take a cup of delicious coffee to make the road more comfortable.
Start your trip with a visit to the architectural and ethnographic museum "Vasilevo". Unique monuments of wooden architecture: churches, chapels, residential and economic buildings of the past centuries are collected on the vast forest territory. Among them are the Karelian house and barns. The complex is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00; Monday and Tuesday are days off. [Official website and contacts](https://tvermuzeum.ru/affiliates/AM).
You can have lunch in an unusual cafe in Torzhok. "Monastery refectory" is located on the territory of the Boris and Gleb monastery and belongs to it. The refectory is designed in a canteen format: you take a tray and choose ready-made food from the counter. Besides being an unusual place, the food here is very tasty - and the prices are pleasant!
For four centuries the Karelians have been living in the Likhoslavl region, keeping their language and customs. The most powerful touch to the roots is willy-nilly pies. But in recent years this dish has begun to overshadow marmalade. The factory "Marmalade Skazka" is the only enterprise of its kind in the whole Central Russia. It can be visited with a 1.5-hour tour, which also includes a master class (decorating a marmalade figurine with sugar glaze) and a tasting of sweets. Tours are possible any day at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, but only by appointment. You can make an appointment by phone from [official website](http://marmeladiki.com/): +7 930 151-55-55.
Finally, stop by the workshop-store "Ceramics from Likhoslavl" to buy beautiful and unusual handicrafts for your home. Pots, planters, panels, dishes - in Likhoslavl ceramics weave together the traditions of both Russian and Karelian peoples, who have lived side by side for centuries. Before going to the shop, call the administrators at [website](http://keramiklih.ru/) - at least an hour, or better a day in advance and warn about your visit. The shop is open every day from 9:30 to 16:30. There are also guided tours and workshops. If you are interested in such variant - specify possible time by the phone: +7-915-703-48-78, +7-910-649-25-55.
In the Karelian Museum of Local Lore you will learn why Karelians settled in this region and how they preserved their language, get acquainted with the basics of Karelian culture, see national musical instruments. If you are lucky, you will taste the famous "kalitki". [Official site of the museum](https://tvermuzeum.ru/affiliates/KNKM). Opening time: Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 (box office until 17:30); Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 (cash desk to 16:30); Monday, Tuesday - weekend.