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Remembering the old days of the USSR

May 24th 1974
We were up early for what was for me to be hopefully the highlight of the trip, our visit to the USSR, as the main reason I chose this particular Sundowner’s itinerary was because most of them bypassed the communist countries and made it straight from Athens to London. We made it the 30kms to the Romania-USSR border by around 8am. Discharge from Romania took around 30 minutes and was no hassle. ... read more
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Russian Flag Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more
22nd September 2021

USSR in 1974
What a wonderful time to travel to the old USSR, Neil. Russia in 2019 captured our souls such that we would love to go back. The beauty of your trip is you must have seen and experienced so much in an era now long past and can look back with pride you took the opportunity then rather than waited until it was too late. Bravo!!!
23rd September 2021

Great to hear from you, David. I hope you and the family are doing okay in these difficult times. You are right in that it's interesting to revisit countries like Russia and Iran some 30 years on when both them and myself have changed significantly. I had to make a business trip to these two countries around 2005 and Joan and I did a Moscow to St Petersburg cruise a few years back, so obviously a lot of differences, not the least being that we weren't required to be kept on a lead by an Intourist guide for the whole trip!

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