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Siberian Federal District, Russia
And there she was - the fabled Trans-Siberian, ready to take us on the longest train journey in the world. A surreal three countries, five time zones and 8300km of steppe, snow and stations lay ahead... Contrary to popular belief there is no...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
In 2009, I traveled solo through Siberia and took the might Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Irktusk-- the rails were an eerie reminder of the thousands and thousands of exiled prisoners that took the same route into the Siberian steppe in the...
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Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
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Tsetserleg, Mongolia
After crossing Russia by train from Finland, we entered Mongolia, a country we had both always dreamed about. We were lucky enough to stay in several gers (yurts) and spent our time looking for folk music and learning as much as we could about the...
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Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, is one of the most beautiful places I've been and my perspective changed as I stood alone on its shore--a self-sustaining and unique ecosystem that has its own type of seal and even shrimp. It...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Our third and final day in Russia we went to the Hermitage Museum. We got to go into the Gold Rooms, which are not open to the public and which house beautiful antiquities made of gold. We also saw the Peacock Clock, the Rafael Loggias, and...
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Mongolia is a vast country with abundant landscape and wildlife. After traveling on the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar through the endless Gobi dessert, my boyfriend and I found ourselves at the Steppes Nomads Ger Camp. This eco ger camp is two...
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Green fields, beautiful sunlight, breathtaking beauty of nature
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Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Lace made of wood. Traditional Siberian architecture. Irkutsk surprised me with its charm, the natural setting and the architecture. It’s also a very fun word to say. Homes like this are sometimes called Decembrist style for those who may have...
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Wrestling is hugely popular in Mongolian, and if there's a match at the wrestling stadium in Ulaanbaatar, you have to go. There is a brass band, candies thrown out to the audience, and lots of lots of giant men.
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The Yolin Am Valley in south Mongolia is a good locale for camping and hiking. You'll need to fly there from Ulaanbaatar but the trip is certainly worth it. Accomodations can be found at tented (yurt-ed?) campsites in the area and semi-wild camels...
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Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
What amazing ballet, wonderfully performed, beautifully costumed, in a special venue. It was a great treat.
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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
In a city famous for its neoclassical buildings in pale yellows and whites, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood is a decidedly Russian church, topped with brightly painted and gilded onion domes. The church was constructed from 1883 to...
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Palace Embankment, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Built in the mid-18th century by Peter the Great's daughter Empress Elizabeth, the Winter Palace was the principal residence of Russia's czars. It has also been the home of the Hermitage collection since 1764. From an initial purchase by Catherine...
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St Petersburg, Russia
Imperialist St Petersburg. This most European of all Russian cities was built by Peter the Great in the 1700s to emphasise, well, how great he was. And in the midst of his greatness is The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Built on the site...