Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center
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When I have been telling people about our travels, the one part that everyone seemed the most intrigued about was the journey on the Trans-Siberian railway. It is the part I have probably researched the most and have kept warning Wills it will be an experience, not a holiday.
The experience did not start off that well. We got to …
... poke through the ware of the various vendors but sometimes the stop would only be a couple of minutes- there was no departing signal we could detect (perhaps a whistle that only Russians could hear??) but our Matron would frantically wave us back onto the train so we didn't end up stranded.
And there were plenty of opportunities to be stranded. The length of the Vladivostok to Moscow route is 9,288 kms. It crosses 8 time zones, passes through 87 towns and cities ...
Vomit Pharmacy Packing Three words which some up the day well. I have got the first bug of the trip been lovely and sick and just as I stopped being unwell unfortunately Lea has got the same. Ben is waiting patiently - I think he feels left out! Or just hoping it's the food and as he is a veggie has not ...
We head north out of Ulaan Baatar and cross the border back in to Russia. For more than a day after leaving Ulaan Baatar, our train heads west, paralleling the Mongolia-Russia border, arriving early in the morning in the city of Irkutsk. Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian novelist and physician passed this way en route to Kamchatka in Russia's Far East and his new practice. Chekhov was so surprised to find a European-like city out then in ...
... the falling snow along hair raisingly steep cliff paths to the safety of the hostel. We left the hostel that evening and Costa took us to a lovely Middle Eastern restaurant where Stephen tried the famous Russia borscht. After a short drive to the train, we were greeted by a spanking new carriage for a luxurious start to our travel to Ulaanbaatar.
Signing out Ollie & Stephen