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  • Would You Like a Side Order of Cigarettes?And for dessert, we have a fine selection of tobacco. It's all right here in the menu... I recommend the Camel Blue with your latte. For the record, no, Russ Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 3, 2015
  • Who Wants Free Labour?The Hermitage, of course! I am volunteering for something called the Hermitage Volunteer Service. This department, in effect, takes people off the street and puts them to work in a priceless building containing the world's greatest paintings, sculp Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 1, 2015
  • Going from Cold to ColdAfter a quick stop in Toronto to enjoy this (sorry, out of focus...hands must have been freezing)... I mad Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | Mar 1, 2015
  • Pigeons, Pigeons, and MoreVladimir, December 24th 2014 At the Theater Square, pigeons were the most peaceful and at home, ... ... in spite Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 21, 2015
  • A Picture of Winter in VladimirVladimir, Dec 24th 2014 Everyone who visits Vladimir, goes to the Golden Gate. So did I walk to the Golden Gate. Unfortunately cars roamed in and out. Wire lines crossed back and forth. A clear picture was far from golden. [img=http://photos.travell Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 20, 2015
  • When I Came to VladimirVladimir, Dec 23 - 24th 2014 I should have shown this map earlier. This is the route I'm taking for now. In my previous posts, you know I have completed the Tran Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 19, 2015
  • The Singing Old SuzdalSuzdal, December 23rd 2014 I walked down the road. Hmmm. Bar? I wanted to put my camera closer to that table by the side of the road. What's that? Vodka? But, oopps. I caught a glimps Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 17, 2015
  • Feeling Disney in SuzdalSuzdal, December 23rd 2014 [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/149/|In Moscow, we have seen the memorial statue to Yuriy Dolgorukiy]], the founder of Moscow, who actually started his career -- if I can put it so -- in Suzdal. I quote from [[http:/ Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 16, 2015
  • Inside and Out, the Buildings and the PeopleMoscow, December 22nd 2014 In haste I put on my coat, shawl, hat, hand gloves... and rushed out the [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/143/|Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center]]. A little less than an hour was left to get to Lubyanka Square, the m Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 10, 2015
  • It was in MoscowMoscow, December 22nd 2014 Contented with [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/142/|Russian Pancakes and Salmon and a great cup of RAF Coffee]], I searched Nokia HERE for directions to the [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/143/|Jewish Museum Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 8, 2015
  • We Are DiverseMoscow, December 22nd 2014 and January 6th 2015 From the outside, [[http://www.jewish-museum.ru/#|Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center]] didn't look like a museum, at least to me. Together with the chill and fall of snow, the walls from the outside broug Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Feb 4, 2015
  • Not Paul but Nice ChocolateMoscow, December 22nd 2014 Although food is normally not a priority for me when traveling, to be local is priority. Meaning, as far as conditions permit, when in China I eat Chinese food, when in Japan I eat Japanese food, and Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 28, 2015
  • The Glory of RussiaMoscow, December 21st 2014 Being my second winter in Russia, I am no more surprised by this kind of public stage music and dance. It's like they are so happy that winter has finally co Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 27, 2015
  • Sightseeing MoscowMoscow, December 21st 2014 In the previous times when I mentioned "Russia" and was asked where in Russia, and then I answered, people were like "Where did you say??" So now, here I am, in Moscow. It seems like as foreigners Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 24, 2015
  • Sonja is Back!Jakarta - Bangkok - Moscow, December 19-20th 2014 My third trip to Russia began with an unwanted surprise. The story went like this. December 17th night, a thought of doing web-check- Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jan 23, 2015
  • Train and Bus LogisticsDespite it being two years since I completed my trip, I still get asked how I organized my train and bus tickets for my round the world train and bus trip, so I present a short summary which will hopefully Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Jan 13, 2015
  • A Train Spotters guide to Russian Railways - Part 1 Firstly we should note that Russian trains run on a 1.5m ( 5ft ) gauge (England 4ft 8 1/2"). This may prove important later on ! It is also worth mentioning that throughout the network all times shown in Timetables Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 12, 2014
  • Reflections on St Petersburg from Asia(Written on the train.) We have just passed the Ural Mountains, the accepted boundary between Europe and Asia. The sheer size of Russia is becoming apparent. Peter the Great called Saint Petersburg his " window on the West". Of Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 9, 2014
  • The Sapsan train to MoscowA very pleasant journey on the high speed Sapsan train with the hottest coffee yet brought to our seats. A smooth ride, quiet though the train was full, spacious and comfortable seats and addresses in perfect English to us 'Dear Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 3, 2014
  • The Beslan School Massacre MemorialThe Beslan Memorial is one of the most touching and disturbing places on earth, commemorating the massacre of 334 people, mostly school children in 2004 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_hostage_crisis ]]: [i]"The Beslan school hostage crisi Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Oct 15, 2014
  • Offroad: Altai - Khakassia Track - TuvaIt was mid-October 2014 and the first snow had fallen on the famous Tuva Track mountain road from Kosh-Agach in the Altai Mountains to Ak-Dovurak in the Republic of Tuva. Instead we opted to take the Khakassia Track 500km further Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Oct 15, 2014
  • Charismatic Hotels: Lake Kezenoy, Chechnya/DagestanExcursion to Lake Kezenoy, high up in the Chechen Caucasus Mountains: A three hours drive uphill from Grozny, partly on gravel roads: [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/327 Posted by LuxuryRogue in Luxury Rogue | Oct 15, 2014
  • Hotels in Russia's most pleasant city: VladikavkazI found Vladikavkaz to be Russia's most pleasant city with an almost mediterranean feel, nestled in the Caucasus mountains, along the Terek River, with open cafes on a pedestrian boulevard (with an old tramway) and at least three good hotels: Posted by LuxuryRogue in Luxury Rogue | Jan 15, 2014
  • Kizhi Island - Monday, 1 September 2014Had a big sleep in this morning and it was lovely. Leisurely breakfast with Wayne and Evelyn from WA. We were divided into managable groups for a tour of the bridge. It was very interesting and what Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
  • Mandrogi - Tuesday, 2 September 2014Awoke this morning to a pea souper fog, in fact it was so thick that it prevented us from docking at our appointed time - 9.30 am. Consequently we didn't get ashore until about 11 am, so while we Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
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