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  • The Pearl of SiberiaWe arrived in Irkutsk around 10am and got our transfer directly to our accommodation in Listvyanka at Lake Baikal. We were staying in a guesthouse not far from the lake shore and our rooms shared a large balcony facing towards Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 10, 2013
  • Three days on a train!The next leg of the train was the big one, two and a half days! We boarded the train at around 10pm and would not arrive in Irkutsk until 9.30am, three days later. For this leg I was sharing with Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 10, 2013
  • Jumping the borderToday was our second day in Moscow and we headed out on another tour. This time we were visiting the Kremlin grounds and cathedrals and the Armoury Museum and Tsar treasures. We began with another trip on the Moscow Underground. Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 7, 2013
  • The Fifth OceanOur 86-hour train odyssey ended at Lake Baikal, the world's deepest and oldest lake, which will one day, due to moving tectonic plates, may become the world's fifth ocean, splitting the Asian continent in half. The lake itself is absolutely beautiful Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 19, 2013
  • The Grand Luxurious Overnight Train to MoscowAfter a less than restful night’s sleep I decided to sleep in this morning and skip the unimpressive breakfast. We had to check out of the hotel before leaving for today’s tour so it was still a fairly early start Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 4, 2013
  • A day in the Venice of the NorthAfter my early night I woke up fairly early this morning. I got dressed and went for an early breakfast while it was quiet, before heading back to my room to freshen up for the day ahead. The weather was Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 2, 2013
  • Here Goes...Unfortunately, after leaving a sunny England behind, St Petersburg was grey and very wet. Not the weather I was hoping for, but I had checked the forecast so not a complete surprise. On my drive to the hotel I watched Posted by Nicola_C in The Adventure Begins | Aug 1, 2013
  • Moscow-DubaiI went to bed a 4am so that I could change my time zone and woke up at 9am, despite having set my alarm for 10. I saw F leave earlier and had a momentary desire to say good-bye Posted by Peliroja in Trans-Siberian Railroad + Eurasian Tour | Aug 18, 2013
  • Helsinki-MoscowI had a great sleep and we left “early” for the airport so she could make it to work. (She was incredulous that we have to be at work so early in the morning in China!) I got Posted by Peliroja in Trans-Siberian Railroad + Eurasian Tour | Aug 18, 2013
  • Transsibbing to AsiaA lot of people I told about my trip groaned at the thought of four and a half days on a train through Siberia. "Why would you do that?" they'd ask, "It'll be boring and disgusting." Well, after our first Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 17, 2013
  • Revving it up in Russia[img=http://photos.travelle Posted by XJR1300 in MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TOUR - Part 2 | Aug 16, 2013
  • Down to Gorky ParkOur second day in Moscow was going to be focussed on the Kreml, that much we knew. Our honcho then suggested a few things we could do, and we were quite happy to let her take the lead in the Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 15, 2013
  • I Follow the MoskvaArriving in Moscow at 9am, some of us were really longing for a shower, while Josh and I decided to forego personal hygiene and be real backpackers for a day in order to just go straight into the city from Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 14, 2013
  • Venice of the NorthSo how about some actual stuff about St Petersburg? I knew the city was going to be incredibly beautiful, and it is. The cityscape reminds me of Vienna quite a lot -- mostly due to the beautiful old houses that could Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 8, 2013
  • All Aboard the VodkatrainArrival in St. Petersburg was easier than I thought and included possibly the cheapest airport transfer I've ever had -- 78 rubles, or €1.78. (Previously, the cheapest was my home town, which is admittedly tiny.)   Because I hit a low on Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 7, 2013
  • A Look Into My SuitcaseI'm writing this on a plane from Vienna to Moscow Domodedovo, having left Austria on the hottest day in history. (Or the hottest August day in history, or something. Apparently, the poor people in Carinthia had to deal with 39.9•C Posted by feeverte in Second Star to the Right | Aug 3, 2013
  • Leaving RussiaI had grand plans today to get my blog and pictures up to date before catching my train at one, this took longer then planned especially as I needed to repack my bag and so didn't get it updated. I Posted by CassB in Big Trip Home | Aug 2, 2013
  • TV DinnersAs Stuart and I were planning this escapade, I decided to blog mostly about the love of my life and along side Stuart my love for food is well known; as well as making it and delighting guests with my Posted by ChipFondue in Somewhere Over The Urals. | Aug 1, 2013
  • Dacha House to Chekhov's HouseIt’s been a whirlwind couple of days since the last chance I had to write…instead of sleep. I slept in well on the second floor of the dacha and finally started moving when it was warmer. I went Posted by Peliroja in Trans-Siberian Railroad + Eurasian Tour | Jul 28, 2013
  • City House, Dacha HouseI have been pushing myself to stay up so I can adjust to UK Time. I woke up at about 08:00-08:30 Moscow Time, 06:00-0:630 UK Time. I packed and was ready by 09:30 to take our overnight trip Posted by Peliroja in Trans-Siberian Railroad + Eurasian Tour | Jul 28, 2013
  • From Russia with LoveTo enter Russia a visa is usually required. For us, this was completely impractical as we had no desire to relinquish our passports for an indeterminate time to the Russian Embassy in London. Instead we chose to enter St Posted by sandjharvey in Our Gap Year | Jul 24, 2013
  • Peace Child Returns to Moscow...Well, it was nice taking my time getting up this morning…it seems that, except for my host, the entire family sleeps in anyway…and her daughter still isn’t feeling well. I got up and, after being asked why I didn’t Posted by Peliroja in Trans-Siberian Railroad + Eurasian Tour | Jul 24, 2013
  • Ivolginsky DatsunToday I went to Ivolginsky Datsun Russia's largest Tibetan monastery. There use to be about 500 until Russia became soviet and they were all torn down. Ivolginsky Datsun was started in 1945. When I got off the bus I saw Posted by CassB in Big Trip Home | Jul 24, 2013
  • Ulan-UdeFirst half decent nights sleep in a few days... Yay! So I used this opportunity to have a bit of a sleep in and a chilled morning. I went for a little walk around the city but there wasn't as Posted by CassB in Big Trip Home | Jul 24, 2013
  • The next train legAnother bad nights sleep, I woke up at 1am and looked at my phone (which is still on Moscow time) and thought I had missed my train as my train left at 8am local time and my phone said 8:30 Posted by CassB in Big Trip Home | Jul 24, 2013
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