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Russia and the Baltic States
In August 2013, I will set off with my friend Brian to travel by rail from Vladivostok to Moscow over a three week period, stopping at a number of places along the way. You are welcome to follow our travels on the map and leave a message for us. In July 2012 I went with my sister, Glenda and her son, Skye to St Petersburg. Then Glenda and I followed in the footsteps of our grandparents, visiting the places they came from in Latvia and Lithuania before ending our trip in Tallinn in Estonia. The pictures and blog from that trip are also on this site.
Our latest 5 diary entries

11th Sep 2013 - 12th Sep 2013 - From Vladivostok to Moscow
Vladimir’s Historic Past and Moscow by Night
We walked the 2 km. to the Suzdal bus terminus and were quickly journeying through the countryside on our way back to Vladimir.  The historic centre of the town is set on top of a hill with a view across the su...
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10th Sep 2013 - From Vladivostok to Moscow
Suzdal – Classic Russian Onion Domes in the Countryside
Our train arrived early in the morning at Vladimir, where we deposited our main bags at the left luggage office in the station and crossed the square to the bus station, where I bought us tickets to Suzdal.  ...
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9th Sep 2013 - From Vladivostok to Moscow
From Yekaterinburg into Europe… and a gripe
The last long leg of our train journey took an interesting turn when we boarded the train at Yekaterinburg.  We did so knowing that we had a first class compartment.  We had travelled first class only once...
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7th Sep 2013 - 8th Sep 2013 - From Vladivostok to Moscow
Yekaterinburg, on the edge of Europe (or Asia, depending which way you are going)
Our train arrived at Yekaterinburg just after midday.  (We are now just two hours ahead of Moscow time.)  We took a taxi to our hotel, which occupies the ninth floor upward of a business centre.  It ...
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5th Sep 2013 - 6th Sep 2013 - From Vladivostok to Moscow
Tomsk (and Taiga again)
Our train from Taiga to Tomsk left at 08:30 local time and we were in Tomsk an hour-and-a-half later.  There we boarded a trolley bus, as the town centre is quite far from the station.  A helpful conductr...
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This blog has 25 diary entries. You can see them all on the diary page