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In keeping with previous blog entries and to hopefully avoid the tedium of what may otherwise become my diary, I thought it may be appropriate to utilise Helen's favourite travel game to summarise the next few days in Irkutsk and Listvyanka in the form of the largely self-explanatory 'Highlight/Lowlight'. A game that has assumed far greater pertinence the longer this trip continues. Simply explained, it involves mentioning a highlight of the day which must be accompanied by a ...
Nigel: After taking the long train journey, the next planned stop off was a place called Irkutsk, which is in East Siberia. The city is known as the Paris of Siberia due to the similarities of the buildings architecture. The main purpose for stopping here was to head down to a town called Listvyanka which is approximately 1 hr south, but whilst we were in Irkutsk, we decided to spend a couple of days to view the city. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great ...
February 23 is Defender of the Fatherland Day. It was originally Red Army Day, and is now more commonly known as Men's Day, as a counterpart to International Women’s Day (which is on March 8).
In honor of the day, we had an excursion around the city to different places significant to the Siege of Leningrad, and visited the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery. It was not an easy excursion, as it is hard (if not impossible) to comprehend the pain and heroism of the people of ...
... getting anything as we were told Moscow was much better (and cheaper).
Next on the agenda was the Church and fortress of St Peter and Paul. I had just read a book called the man from St Petersburg which had a man who was held here and tortured, so I was a bit interested in seeing this. We had a guided tour by Svetlana around the church which was a bit hard to hear due to the noise in the church and the size of our group (and she spoke very ...
... was decked out as something akin to a classical library. Another feature was the elderly gentleman walking from table to table, reciting the writings of some of Russia's finest literary talents. The fact he not surprisingly spoke entirely in Russian no doubt hindered our appreciation of his efforts, though it certainly brought us a decidedly authentic experience and concluded a most enjoyable day in this most delightful of cities.