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  • 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
  • St Petersburg - Wednesday, 3 September 2014We arrived in St Petersburg at 8am and were ashore by 8.30 am and on the bus for our morning tour of the city. We were absolutely blown away by this magnificent city. It is amazing! The buildings Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
  • St Petersburg - Thursday, 4 September 2014After dancing and late into bed, I certainly did not want to get up this morning and we had to be on the bus by 8.30 am. We drove to Peterhof to visit the Grand Palace, the summer palace Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
  • St Petersburg - Friday, 5 September 2014Another early morning and on the bus at 8.30 am for the half an hour drive to Pushkin to visit Catherine's palace. Catherine's palace is known world wide for its amber room. The German's surrounded the city of Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
  • St Petersburg - Saturday, 6 September 2014Sleep in this morning, late breakfast and down in the Tsar Lounge at 9am for our departure briefing. All normal. 18 of us are continuing on to the Baltic States and we will be leaving for the railway Posted by gaddingabout in Russian Rv Cruise; Baltic States; Greece | Oct 14, 2014
  • DerbentWe were so tired by the time we got to Derbent train station and saw that a night train to Baku was leaving in 3 hours time that we made a quick change of plan and abandoned our idea of Posted by UnwindRoad in Unwind on the Silk Road | Oct 13, 2014
  • VladikavkazArrival from Tbilisi: Be ready for a long long wait at the border crossing. 4 hours was our time and that seems to be normal. We decided to get a mashrutka from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, which is quite a touristy town, Posted by UnwindRoad in Unwind on the Silk Road | Oct 2, 2014
  • Epilogue of the Second That's the course I have taken on this second trip in Russia. And by this time, I have actually completed the Trans Mongolian Railroad journey up to Beijing. My journey in Monglia I mi Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 27, 2014
  • Pictures on the Window -- Part 2From Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar, August 2 - 3, 2014 This was when passengers of Trans Mongolia hadn't turned wild stepping on the heater below, sticking out their head, absorbing all the Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 25, 2014
  • Life off the RailFrom Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar, August 2 - 3, 2014 In [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/121/|Rolling to Ulaanbaatar]] I gave you a picture of how life was on the Trans Mongolian Train. Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 25, 2014
  • Pictures on the Window -- Part 1From Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar, August 2 - 3, 2014 The weather wasn't clear, and neither was the window glass. But for a train that runs all the way from Moscow to Beijing, the spotty wi Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 24, 2014
  • Rolling to UlaanbaatarFrom Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar, August 2 - 3, 2014 Phew!! I'm still experiencing goosebumps imagining what would have been of me. On my itinerary I had written 10:15 for the train departure time. But when I was packing, a Voice inside Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 22, 2014
  • lt's no use Russian, we'll get there eventually.A sunny day in Russia, most welcome after the rather indifferent weather we've had at sea for the last couple of days.  The town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky sits in a large circular bay surrounded on all sides by snow-covered mountains (and Posted by mkali54 in Walls to Wall | Sep 21, 2014
  • The Little Things in IrkutskIrkutsk, August 1st 2014 Near the bus terminal there was a shopping center and on top floor was to my expectation a food court. To be noted, this is not the Chinese shopping center I told you previously. It's more Russian Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 20, 2014
  • A Changing World in IrkutskIrkutsk, August 1st 2014 Part of Irkutsk seemed to be lingering in the past while the other part was giving birth to a new Irkutsk. You might say that the shabby part is kept by pur Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 18, 2014
  • China in RussiaIrkutsk, August 1st 2014 Look! It doesn't take much knowledge about China to recognize this as Chinese food. Then if one is familiar with Chinese culture, the border of this banner says: Chi Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 18, 2014
  • Police!Irkutsk, August 1st 2014 After walking up and down the streets [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/108/|framing the wooden houses]] into my memory card, lingering at the crossroad for [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/110/|trams and buses t Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 17, 2014
  • YER GÖK KIRMIZI== Bugün yüklü bir gün. Sabah kahvaltımızı otelde yaptık ve yürüme mesafesinde Kremlin 'e vardık. Kremlin (Rusça: Кремль), "kale", "hisar", "şato" anlamlarına gelen ve çoğu tarihi Rus kentinin merkezinde bulunan muhkim yapılar bütünü. En Posted by Traveloturc in RUSSIA | Sep 17, 2014
  • An Irkutsk Vintage on WheelsIrkutsk, August 1st 2014 As I had been [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/46/|fascinated by the buses but mostly by the trams, in Khabarovsk]], so was I in Irkutsk. I wanted to scream, Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 16, 2014
  • Irkutsk Window VintageIrkutsk, August 1st 21014 I told you, I love windows. And Irkutsk knows me that well. See? Just for one structure, Irkutsk hung Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 16, 2014
  • Windows into RussiaIrkutsk, August 1st 2014 I consider it a crime to visit Russia without spoiling my eyes on the architecture. That's speaking of Russia in general. Of Irkutsk specifically, it's an open air museum of wooden houses that's dated a century ago. Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 15, 2014
  • Slyudyanka and Back to IrkutskSlyudyanka, July 31st 2014 Slyudyanka Train Station is said to be the only train station in the world built of white marble. Whether true or not, you tell me. I haven't gone to all tra Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Sep 12, 2014
  • MOSKVA==Uçağımız Sheretmeyovo 2 ye indi ve bizi bekleyen otobüs doğruca otelimize götürdü. Otelimiz Kızıl Meydana çok yakın Marriott Royal Aurora oteli. Eskiden önemsiz bir otel iken perestroika sonrası yabancı sermaye akınca Marriott zincirine katıldı ve eli Posted by Traveloturc in RUSSIA | Apr 16, 2004
  • MOSKOVA'YA....MOSKOVA'YA== Gençliğimde tüm öğrenci hareketlerinde adres olarak Moskova gösterilir ve karşıt görüş, daima "Moskova'ya ....Moskova'ya" diye bağırırdı. Çetin Altan, zırt bir yazı mı yazdı adres belli Posted by Traveloturc in RUSSIA | Apr 16, 2004
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