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Europe » Russia May 20th 2015

A moscou jai bcp regretter de ne pas avoir mon trepied sur moi...... read more
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Europe » Russia May 20th 2015

de une, a partir de la il me manque plus la moitie de mes photos prise, et de 2 j'ai vraiment vue de les plus magnifique paysage ici, meme si je les ai souvent garde pour le plaisir de mes yeux sans sortir mon appareil !... read more
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Europe » Russia May 15th 2015

Ulan Ude le 12.05.15, jour 76 Bonjour tout le monde D'ailleurs je dis tout le monde mais je m'interroge, qui va lire ses mots? Arrivé a Irkutsk, je passe la nuit là et demain je pars pour Olkhon, une île au milieu du lac baïkal. Le transport est chere, le logement aussi, ca pete le budget donc je me dis: j'y vais en stop. Je cherche longtemps le bus qui m'emmenait a la sortie de la ville, je le trouve pas, j'abandonne en me disant que c'est mauvais signe et j'attrappe in extremis un mini bus pour olkhon. 8h de trajet, a travers des paysages parfois désertique, souvent un peu montagneux, et surtout pas un chats. La route, ou plutot la piste est elle aussi déserte, heureusement que j'ai pas fait de stop. Arrivé a Khuzhir ... read more

Europe » Russia May 14th 2015

Olkhon le 11.05.15, jour 75 Salut, Alors ce transsibérien? Et bah figurez vous que c'est... Juste un train dans lequel on passe 2 jours (et jusqu'a 1semaines pour ceux qui font toute la ligne d'une traite). C'est assez étroit ici, mes pieds dépassent de la couchettes, j'ose pas imaginer pour ceux de 2m... Personnellement j'étais trop fatigué pour faire le difficile! Depuis que je suis arrivé a Moscou j'ai un temps estivale quotidiens, mais une fois dans le train les 25-30°C se ressentent vraiment. Sachant qu'il n'y a pas de douche, je me demande comment on peut survivre a la semaine de train, blindé de touriste en juillet Par 40°C. Bref il y a de l'eau chaude a disposition et l'essentiel du trajet j'ai lu et bu du thé (on parle de la vodka mais les ... read more

Europe » Russia May 14th 2015

Olkhon le 09.05.15, jour 73 Salut salut, Alors, me voilà arrivé a Kazan, j'ai finalement trouvé un covoit´ a 2h du mat´. 5h d'attente dans un magasin ouvert H24, étrange atmosphère de nuit où j'ai eu pour compagnie mylene farmer et stromae en passant par O-zone (sisi, ça existe encore) et l'hymne de la coupe du monde de 98 (wtf?). Bref je suis bien content quand la voiture arrive. 5h30 de route, j'essaie de dormir un peu mais c'est impossible, entre la conduite des russes et l'état des routes. Le soleil se lève a 3h du mat´, j'ai pas compris! 2 autres mystère dela russie jusque là non élucidés: -pourquoi est-ce que la moitié des voitures ont le volant à gauche et l'autre moitié a droite? Vraiment, surtout a l'est c'est 50/50, je comprend pas. -pourquoi ... read more

Europe » Russia » Urals » Chelyabinsk May 14th 2015

Day 14 - Ufa to Chelyabinsk We had checked a few websites for ideas but had found nothing inspiring to see in Ufa. Like the others in preceding days, Ufa is a big busy city with lots of grungy high rises, wide dusty streets, and a tram and electric bus system. The tram tracks form part of the street and can be driven on as a seperate lane. You need to be careful though, as the road surface next to the rails is quite cut up. Unlike other trams I've seen, these brake using giant pads that press down onto the rail itself between the wheel bogeys. The pads look like huge versions of the calliper brakes on a bicycle. The electric buses are an odd feature, taking their power from overhead wires. The arm on ... read more
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Europe » Russia » Volga » Samara May 13th 2015

Day 13 - Samara to Ufa Samara was a detour from the most direct route; it would have saved a day and 250 miles if we had gone straight from Kazan to Ufa. We had read however that Joseph Stalin's bunker had been found in Samara and turned into a museum. It is 37 metres deep, making it more protected than any other similar instalation of its time. Never used by Stalin, it remained hidden under a public building, unknown to locals, until its rediscovery in 1990. A mystery surrounds how such a project, clearly requiring hundreds of workers to construct, remained a secret to Samarans. One theory is that prisoners were used as slave labour then later executed. Unfortunately our (well, ok, my) planning had let us down. It turned out that the bunker and ... read more
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Europe » Russia » Volga » Samara May 12th 2015

Day 12 - Kazan to Samara It can seem from a map that the places we are stopping each night are small towns in the back of beyond. Not a bit of it. Nizhiny Novgorod has a population of 1.2 million, whilst Kazan and Samara have 1.1 million each. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tartarstan, and has a beautiful kremlin with towers and minarets. Like Nizhiny, it sits on the mighty Volga river and has been honoured by UNESCO for it's multicultural heritage; christianity and islam sit side by side in harmony here. Our hosts for the night, a young couple, touchingly gave us each a souvenir fridge magnet, and wanted several photos with us and the car. Everyone we meet is either astonished or excited about our trip, and usually both. The ... read more
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Dave guarding Kazan kremlin

Europe » Russia » Volga » Kazan May 11th 2015

Day 11 - Nizhiny Novgorod to Kazan... So good was the food in "Bez xob" restaurant the night before, we had breakfast there. John had fried quails eggs, which came on a small frying pan with an actual nest containing the broken shells as decoration on the side. Nizhiny is a pretty city, but didn't hold any particularly unusual attractions to tempt us, so we pushed on out of there. The weather was sunny, it was a 7 hour drive to our next stop in Kazan, and we wanted to make it before nightfall. I've attached a few uninspiring photos taken out of the window along the way. The roads were getting bumpier, and it was a regular thing to see shredded remains of truck tyres by the side of the road next to skid marks. ... read more
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Europe » Russia » Volga » Nizhny Novgorod May 10th 2015

Day 10 - Moscow to Nizhiny Novgorod Our three night stay in Moscow was over and it was time to get back on the road again. Traffic was heavy for 10 miles leaving the city, perhaps from those returning back east after the holiday weekend. Navigating was easy......it's a 35 mile straight shot along the M7 highway. Once out of the Moscow suburbs, we fell into a familiar pattern of overtaking trucks and slowing for the many villages that lined the road. One such village, about 40 miles out of the city, was really strange. Lining the road on either side, perhaps 70 yards apart, were a series of long market stalls selling gigantic toy teddybears. Each stall was two storeys high and 50 feet long, and some of the bears at least 5 feet tall. ... read more
Abandoned castle, Muromtzevo
Abandoned castle, Muromtzevo
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