The nice thing about Russia (whatever I’ve traveled and heard) is that places are very well connected by buses or trains. They might take longer (and my friend drove me in his car to this particular place) but, unlike North America (except few cities), you are not completely helpless without a car.
Vladimir is one of the most prominent Golden Ring cities, but we simply drove through it since there was nothing strikingly unusual about the church there – there would be many more and after a while they all feel the same (I’m serious!). The Golden Gate, seen in the picture below was built to guard the entrance to this city from the west (Moscow).
I was trying to remember names of people that are exactly same as names of cities. I know a girl called Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada), and another one called Victoria (British Colombia, Canada). There must be more… do you remember any?