International Hotel Sayen
Travel Blogs from Irkutsk
... see through glass, and a toilet and bidet around the corner, without any walls. We've decided that if there aren't any private showers we'll go without!
After a bit of a rest, we headed out to explore Irkutsk, and were taken with all the old timber homes. Not sure how old they are, but they look pretty old. Apparently Irkutsk has been listed as one of the first 100 cities to be restored under the "The ...
... daughter soon got off at their stop. We were then on our own for a little while. It was great to have the space but it didn't last very long. Soon a lady came on who knew zero English so we communicated with smiles. The lady and I both had a laugh together watching Sverre surrounded by some young Russian boys all trying to watch him play a game. I spent the afternoon reading books and watching the world go by outside. Every time we stopped at a station I ...
Lake Baikal is the world's deepest freshwater lake, containing enough water to supply the entire population of Earth with drinking water for the next 40 years. Waking up on Okhon Island which is located just off the shore of Lake Baikal was amazing. The light was good so I layered up and headed out with my camera before breakfast. I walked thru the village enjoying the sunrise and the light against ...
... endless frozen forests trees sparkling in the sun). Then the Canary Islands, lunar dry landscape and a track like the north shore (bumps and big bumps followed by lots of small bumps). Mid way thru our journey we stopped at a roadside cafe for brunch, I had a fantastic beetroot and beef soup with bread on the side with a litre bottle Pepsi for 109 rubles (£1.80ish). Lea enjoyed a very tasty goulash which reminded her or growing up ...
... speeding over the frozen lake. I also saw some people drilling a hole for what must have been ice fishing! I was cold enough watching them from inside the train, why would you want to go ice fishing and sit in the cold! I was fortunate that the train passed at around midday where it was super sunny, blue sky and minimal cloud cover. I would love to come back and see the lake in the summer. Hopefully someday I will get another chance to see this lake and take ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet