Next stop Yekaterinburg…

Kazan, Agryz, Druzhinino….the cities hurtle by.  Well not exactly hurtle.  They hurtle at night, but during the day it is a more leisurely pace.  The countryside is beautiful.  It’s spring, so everything is very green and lush, and there are lots of trees, evergreens, poplars, aspens.  There is so much open land as well.  And […]

KAZAN, Republic of Tartarstan

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, an interesting and unique area in Russian.  It is the centre of Tatar culture and the Tartars have a long history in Russia going back to Volga Bulgaria kingdom.  It is about 150 years older than Moscow.  In the 15th century, the Kazan khanate was formed […]

KAZAN and a Birthday Party!

We are due to arrive in Kazan at 8 o’clock in the morning.  Tea – or I should say hot water,  is available  24/7 at the back of our car.  We are supplied with a plate, cutlery and a ‘lovely’ tea/coffee cup to use during our journey.  I brought my own teabags, but Svetlana always […]

Boarding The Trans Siberian Train

Featured image is the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square at the Kremlin. And so the train trip begins……… We are dropped off at the Moscow train station where we will board and have our first overnight ride on the TSRR – Trans Siberian Rail Road.  We find our train and the first person […]

St Petersburg to Moscow

It’s time to leave St. Petersburg and travel to Moscow on the Sapsan, the “fast” train. The journey of over 700 KM takes four hours, as we reach speeds of over 200KM.  Inside the train is very modern and comfortable.  It reminded me of being on an airplane.  The tray in front of me pulls […]

St Petersburg – Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin

The beautiful Catherine’s Palace located at Pushkin is a stunning example of baroque architecture and was given to Catherine I by her husband Peter the Great.         It later served as a summer residence to many Russian emperors and empresses.  The building is filled with beautiful rooms and surrounded by beautiful parks.  […]

A Night of Ballet at the Mariinsky

One of the highlights of my visit to St. Petersburg was to be able to attend the ballet at the famed Mariinsky Theatre.  Built in 1860 by Albert Kavos, the architect who designed the Bolshoi.             So along with fellow travellers, Mary and Sue May, we started out the evening […]