"A Nice and Friendly Retreat" Sizoye by hunterV
Sizoye Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 137 photos
Sizoye (“Warm Grey Village”) is a tiny village in Stanitsa Luganskaya County of Luhansk region.
In fact, it is the last visit before the Ukrainian-Russian border, that is, a border village. Its name reminds you of doves for we call them sometimes "warm grey", "bluish" and we also refer to something whose color reminds you of doves as "dove colored".
Although this village is the last one on the road to Russia, we cannot leave Ukraine from that village.
The road leads to the neighboring village of Sizoye and you could only walk through a thick forest to the Derkul – the border river, but what’s the use? Besides, there is no border blockpost on the Russian side and we would not be able to fill out the immigration card. The blockpost is farther north, it's about 100 miles detour. The stay in Russia without an immigration card is something to be avoided.
I chose this destination because it is next to the village I am going to write about: Bolotenne.
The bus from Luhansk to Bolotenne passes the village of Sizoye.
The village of Bolotenne is not present in the list of VT destination, so I had to choose the name of the neighboring village.
When my friend Jim was in Luhansk, he wished to visit the Russian Don Cossacks museum in Stanitsa Luganskaya since he is a great lover of the Russian history. We did so and after our visit we set out to Bolotenne on the invitation of my student Artiom who is a university student now.
His parents bought a datcha there and turned it gradually into a country recreation spot. They bought horses who are their passion and keep them there inviting their friends and acquaintances for a weekend there. Also, they built a country hotel with a sauna in a neighboring house.
This is their web site: Jura-Don Green Estate.
Jim and I had a pleasant stay there. Artiom treated us to “fir-tree cones tea”: made in an old Russian samovar made of brass and heated with a pipe inside and the pipe was not filled with coal, but with fir-tree cones…We could see and pet their nice horses and took a walk around. It was great! You feel like coming back there again and again…
This place became a rendezvous for the Don Cossacks of the entire county. They organize their traditional festivals there in summer. They all love horse riding. There can be no Cossack without a horse…
Here is a Russian Cossacks' song that I enjoy listening to:
The village of Bolotenne is very small. Its population consists of only thirty residents. Bolotenne is located about ten miles away from the county center and about 30 miles away from Luhansk. So if you are in Luhansk, you’d better hire a cab for the entire period of your stay there.
The morning bus ride from Luhansk to Bolotenne is very inconvenient for the bus to Bolotenne departs from Hospital bus stop in Stanitsa Luganskaya, the county center, and you have to take bus 214 or 234 from Eastern Block to Stanitsa either at 5.25 a.m. or at 5.40 a.m., otherwise you will miss the direct bus from the county center.
There is another alternative: to take the 3.40 p.m. bus from Eastern Block. Then you would have to stay overnight in this village, which would require your own tent for there is nowhere to stay there now. The hosts' house is being refurbished now and the small white house used as a hotel before is the hosts' house now.
If you arrive in the morning, you will have to spend the entire day in this village and take the 4.30 p.m. bus back to Luhansk. You would have much more freedom with your own cab.
Also, you have to call Alexander, Artiom’s stepfather, for a reservation for the datcha might be fully reserved or they might be away elsewhere.
The village is a great place for a winter or summer visit!
- Pros:Picturesque scenery, village people, Cossacks’ festivals, horse riding and one-horse open sleigh riding in winter like in the song “Jingle Bells”
- Cons:No direct bus from Luhansk in the morning...
- In a nutshell:A Nice and Friendly Retreat
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