Make my bee hives look boring.
I saw these little gems in Yaroslavl, Russia, and they supposedly are reproductions of buildings found in the town of Uglich along the Volga River. They are fully functional bee hives set in a large garden within an old monastery that also served as a fort (or as they call it- kremlin).
My mom and I went to Russia for about a week in early September, which is just enough time to see the very highlights of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and a few towns in between. We traveled by boat along an extensive canal and lock system, which is very heavily traveled by both tourist boats and small oil tankers. Our first port of call after leaving Moscow was supposed to be Uglich, however, heavy fog kept us in one of the river locks for five hours, putting us far enough behind schedule that we had to skip that stop.
At least this gave us some small taste of what Uglich was like. And an idea of what beekeepers with a short active season do with some of their downtime.