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A ninety minute Aeroflot flight due north from Seoul through North Korean airspace brings us to Vladivostok, the main city in Russia's Far East (this is not Siberia as our guides are keen to remind us), seven time zones and a world apart from Moscow. The city, home to Russia’s Pacific Fleet and birthplace of now mostly forgotten 50’s & 60’s movie box office favourite, Yul Brynner was closed to foreigners until 1992. Following the collapse of the Soviet ...
This was the longest segment of train travel. Sixty-nine hours and thirteen minutes. Three nights and four days. 4106 kilometres. After Perm and the Urals we had entered Central Asia and Siberia. From Irkutsk to Vladivostok we were in Eastern Siberia. This was Asia. At one point we were very near China and our mobile phones dinged because we had picked up the Chinese network. Many people in Irkutsk and Vladivostok had a mix of European and ...
... in fact, we don't know when it arrived, but that it did eventually arrive.
On our arrival in Vladivostok, we located the Silver Wind Shipping Office - which wasn't called Silver Wind any more because it had been sold, but they eventually located a Customs Agent for us in Vladivostok - Yuri & Sveta from Links-Ltd.
So, they came around to the hotel to meet us and we gave them the inventory - and they said "Oh no, you won't need that" ...
... my hubby won’t be on one like this again though. We have found that he’s not keen on Dark Tourism and apparently I am. Ah well. We have so many other tours and trips together that we both like so not a problem.
A couple of the Brits who are expats in Hong Kong will be on our afternoon flight to Seoul. We will all ride to the airport together. They both seem to have a lot more energy than we ...
... as you can see over most things. From the bow, we could see the bikers and a little further around, another lovely church with golden “onion” domed shapes.
The harbour of Vladivostock was reasonably clean but more like a river than a harbour. It may have looked a bit like a river because all the commercial boats – and there were many of them, were docked with their stern to the wharf and their bow sticking out into the ...
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