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Travel Blogs from Yekaterinburg
... of Nicholas, Alexandra and their children just felt...a little odd. Nicholas wasnt a particularly good Tsar. Or even an average one, if one is honest. He was militarily inept and refused to accept the reality of the country he was ruling. But he was a good person. He believed that the higher status one is, the greater the responsibility to help others should be, which is something he tried to instill in his children. During World War I, Alexandra and their daughters became nurses and ...
... family supposedly built on the sight of their murder ("this is a fake, everything in Russia is fake") as well as some more eclectic attractions like the giant Qwerty keyboard and the ubiquitous Beatles memorial. Boasting Boris Yeltsin as it's most famous son, Yekaterinburg plays host to the most random of tributes - a sculpture of Boris, squeezed inside a bottle...... Someone's on a one way trip to Siberia for ...
... some dinner in the local pub as we couldn’t find the restaurant we were looking for. Meal was still fine even though they had a massive steak menu they didn’t have any steak to offer. Steve felt the need when he walked into the near empty pub to ask for a table, they looked just as amused by this as I was. Not to worry all was good.
Back to the hotel for our pick up for the train. Steve filled up our water bottles and also decided it would be ...
... town centre started our exploration. We started visiting the Church of the Blood which commemorates the family of Nicholas II (the last royal family) killed by the communists near Yakerterinburg. We then headed for the statue of Yakov Sverdlov on the way to the tourist guide centre, of which we failed to find. We ended up going to the Ural Hotel where the receptionist could speak some English and helped us to call the tourist information centre for a taxi to ...
... style of travel. Passengers can choose to sit either in first, second, or third class. First class is essentially a private cabin for 2, with a little nicer accommodation. Second class is the usual route travelers take, and you are given a spot in a 4 person birth with other passengers. Third class is the roughest, with the full train car filled with bunks. You also have the choice of taking the rougher, local train or the nicer train, called Rossiya, which, as ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking