The Volga is the Europe's longest river at 3692km (2294 miles). The river freezes throughout most of its length for three months f the year. Fortunately, we travelled on it in August. It carries a huge amount of traffic, from freight barges and tourist ships, though to small recreational boats.
Our waterways journey from Moscow to St Petersburg used only a tiny part of the Volga; from the Moscow-Volga Canal, past Uglich, through part of the Rybinsk Reservoir and then south-east to Yaraslovl. We then retraced our journey back to Rybinsk where our path went northwards across the vast man-made lake.
The building of the Rybinsk Reservoir caused the river level to rise and drown villages. Here's what's left of a church.
The Volga has large freighters . . .
. . . and tiny fishing boats
An old riverside church
Ships use these to navigate bends
Outside Uglich: a lock for shipping . .
. . and a dam to regulate the water supply to Moscow
Wooden houses are typical in the riverside villages on the Volga