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Europe » Russia » Urals May 2nd 2014

In the Ural Region one of the popular destinations is the Kapova Cave (Shulgan-Tash) with its prehistoric wall paintings. I’ve decided to visit the cave, but, given the lack of public transport on the final short 30 km section to the cave, I decided to join a guided tour, and a real success it was, but, damn it, I saw no interiors of the cave. I’ll try to make the story as long as possible, including every major or minor detail. This entry adds to the previous pictures of the Urals drawn in “Iremel Twice” and “Abzakovo”. I found a three-day bus tour with Tengri Company, offering a visit to three Ural nature reserve, with a comprehensive visit to the cave and its area. I paid the price in advance by a card transfer (very convenient, ... read more
Bashkir Grave
Kagarmanovo Village
Skis for Rent at Tengri Tourist Base

Europe » Russia April 23rd 2014

I came to Izhevsk at five o’clock in the morning. It is not the best time, of course; I thought they had a different time zone, but it turned out the same as in Moscow, so my margin of two hours did not apply. The city was absolutely empty, I walked the streets to the centre alone. I might have taken a commuter train directly to Yanaul (it departed about 10 minutes after my arrival) and be at home sooner, but of course I opted for Izhevsk sightseeing, despite the fact that transportation was more complicated in this case. I made the mistake of leaving my luggage at the train station – but I headed to the bus station to find its location and learn more about buses to Sarapul. Izhevsk is a large economic, transport, ... read more

Europe » Russia » Urals » Perm April 22nd 2014

This time I had two trains, Petersburg – Moscow and Moscow – Kungur, because the direct train from Petersburg to Perm arrived late in the evening, inconvenient for me (a hotel would have to be booked). Instead, I planned the route Kungur – Perm – Izhevsk – Sarapul, with secure time margins for any mishap. I’d have three trains and three buses. I have found Kungur Ice Cave on some Russian tourism web site, and here are my findings. I find no better companion for a 20-hour train journey than a Wodehouse book and, let’s say, a mp-3 player with Dave Clarke’s White Noise techno show. Time flies so quickly and you don’t have to count the kilometers. I should warn the readers that spring is not the best time to travel in many regions of ... read more

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Saint Petersburg April 11th 2014

I admit I have been wrong in neglecting museums during almost all of my trips. I should have visited at least a couple of museums while I was, for instance, in European cities. Moreover, I have neglected all museums in Saint Petersburg except the Hermitage, visiting none except it since 2007. It’s time to catch up with them. This piece will include information about several museums in Petersburg I visited in April. I made a careful selection of the museums, representing an immense variety of topics, if one thinks of it, and hope that readers will want to visit them on their own. In May, I hope to add some more museums. I will not accompany all of the photos with explanations. It will be food for thought. I will also translate only some of the ... read more

Europe » Russia » Centre March 28th 2014

Tula is an important Russian city not too far from Moscow. It was first mentioned in the chronicles in 1146, though more veritable records refer to the XIII century. My interest in Tula is obvious because I usually select cities to be visited mainly according to the amount of antiques it contains. I arrived in Tula by train at 7.50 in the morning; right outside the railway station there are booths selling the famous Tulsky pryanik (gingerbread) of various shapes and sizes; it was cool and sunny, I at once walked the Krasnoarmeisky Prospekt to the Kremlin, because the museums would open only at 10 o’clock. Tula looked good at once, pleasing to the eye. I saw a café built in the form of two parallel trams, an unusual structure, with the Russian word “кафе” wrongly ... read more
Old Building
Blagoveschenskaya Church (XVII cent.)

Europe » Russia » Volga » Ulyanovsk March 2nd 2014

This is an entry about the city of Ulyanovsk, the Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, and a little about Maslenitsa. The title is a citation from Lenin. I decided to go to Ulyanovsk simply to see two interesting museums – one dedicated to the father of Soviet Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and the other – civil aviation history museum. Web search revealed few other notable sights but I could not miss the Lenin Memorial because the man had played a major role in the history of Russian State. Also, I like seeing items and things from the Soviet times because I grew up when USSR no longer existed, but I was actually born in the Union. Moreover, as I thought, it would be nice to break down the trip to Saint Petersburg in two stages, with a ... read more
"The whole world will be ours"

Europe » Russia » Urals February 19th 2014

I will briefly state that I had to postpone my great plans for alpine skiing this season. It was excellent ski-trekking in Kirovsk, Hibiny, and I needed at least a couple of days of alpine skiing so that winter was not spent in vain. I decided not to ski in Kirovsk because slopes there turned out rather extreme for me. I fully understand that two days of skiing mean nothing, but it turned out an excellent ‘week-end’ (in the middle of the week). I bought rail tickets several weeks in advance and asked my friend Alexey to join me. He said, we’ll see, and now we both have returned from the resort. I decided to go to the Urals, the ski resort of Abzakovo. The choice is obvious because it is close to my hometown, Birsk, ... read more
Easy Piste
View from Piste

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Kola Peninsula January 18th 2014

I make the preliminaries as short as possible: once I decided to join the 6-day ski touring of Hibiny with Club Perehod (my second trip with this company), paid the booking fee online (later paid the whole price also online), and waited. It is not necessary to explain my affection to skiing - and skiing in Hibiny Region, among rather noticeable mountains, is a treat not offered to many, though it is so cheap. In this case, I mean not Alpine skiing, but rather “ski-trekking”. In the next paragraph we will read some data about the region. Hibiny is the largest massif on Kola Peninsula, about 350 million years of geological age, its highest peak being Yudychvumchorr with 1200.6 meters above sea level; and the towns of Apatity and Kirovsk at mountains’ foot. To me, Apatity ... read more
Everyone, Become Workers of the Transpolar Giant!
Hibiny Mountains

Europe » Russia » Centre December 6th 2013

I had diarrhea on the very morning of my departure from Yanaul to Moscow. I felt not happy about it. I chose Ryazan for my short visit because it is not far from Moscow (to fill a day’s expectation between the trains) and has an interesting old Kremlin. In this entry I use information taken from the web to make the story more informative. The Ryazan land was populated by tradesmen as early as the VII-VIII centuries, and the land became an independent Murom-Ryazan principality at the beginning of the XII century. Ryazan turned out stronger than Murom because of several reasons, one of which is its good fortifications: steep earth mounds and high timber walls. However, a stronger force from the East would come in the winter of 1237, that is the Tatar-Mongol horde, who, ... read more
Sobornaya Bell-tower
Uspensky Cathedral

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 9th 2013

Excursion to Cambodia 9 November I have read about excursions from Pattaya to Cambodia in advance and, upon arrival to Pattaya, during our second day, we bought this rather expensive excursion of two days and one night. Departure was scheduled at 4-30 in the morning, and we arrived at the border several hours later. The border crossing was rather remarkable, there being no ordered or restricted passages (at least it seemed to me) as one entered the border town of Poi Pet. There was some boring waiting in between, and I was informed of the demand to pay 600 Baht because my passport was not valid for long enough. I was afraid it might be more or I might be denied entry. As of today, 29 November, I haven’t still decided to get a new passport, ... read more

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