Rostov-on-Don is an expansive town with the bustle of a regional capital, but the wide leafy streets and scattered parks take away any notion of crowding. Passing through the city is the Don River, celebrated in Mikhail Sholokhov's novels of the Civil War - And Quiet Flows the Don and The Don Flows Home to the Sea.
The Don is no longer quiet. In 1952 the Lenin Ship Canal linked the Volga and the Don near Volgograd, creating an immense network of canals, lakes and rivers. Ocean-going ships can now sail across Russia from the Arctic to the Mediterranean.
For those travelling through here, Rostov- on-Don and the Cossack capitals make a pleasant stopover for a couple of days. If possible, take a trip on a ferry along the Don or maybe cruise up to Moscow.