A month after our trip to Vladimir and Suzdal (see part 1) we ventured off to a couple more towns on the Golden Ring. First up was Sergiev Posad, home to the Trinity monastery of St Sergius, founded in 1340, which is today one of the most important spiritual sites in Russia and an active… Continue reading The Golden Ring Part 2: Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad
I have always liked going on foreign trains and especially overnight ones – it seems like such an adventure and a great way to see some of the countryside. But I do wonder if writers who say things like “I was gently lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sounds of the wheels on the track… Continue reading An overnight train to Kazan
I Am Back and blogging again! After a longer than planned stay in the UK, I am finally back in Russia! On the first day of freedom from my 2-week quarantine we got on a plane and flew to Yekaterinburg (also spelt Ekaterinburg). The city is the 4th largest in Russia and sits in the… Continue reading 2 Days in Yekaterinburg
The drive from Irkutsk to Olkhon island is 4 hours. We set off at 10:00 heading north out of town. Slowly the city sprawl and the villages strung out along the road gave way to a vast nothingness. Mile after mile of a gently undulating, muted, two tone landscape; brown trees, brown grass, brown earth… Continue reading Siberia part 2 – Lake Baikal
I have just spent an amazing 3 days visiting Irkusk and Lake Baikal in Siberia. First let me start with getting there. My husband and I flew with Pobeda, Aeroflot’s low cost airline. The crew were smart and professional and the planes clean but basic. It is a 6 hour flight but the airline is… Continue reading Siberia part 1 – Irkutsk
I have now been living in Moscow for 3 weeks and thought I would share my first impressions. Firstly the Metro is excellent. All the signs are in both Russian and English, as are all the announcements on the trains. The different lines are all clearly numbered and signposted and so it is extremely easy… Continue reading Arrival – Month one
I am an expat wife who willingly follows her husband around the world, originally with our children, but now it is just the two of us. We have just arrived in Moscow. My friends and family have often suggested that I write a blog about my adventures. Until now I have resisted. But here I… Continue reading Who am I?