Moskovskaya Gorka Hotel
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... into our hostel where the owner was incredible helpful and insisted on giving us maps and pointing out all the local sights. We then ventured off on the 'red line' city tour. This is literally a red line painted in the road that we followed round for a few hours. Sadly a lot of the city's best buildings were bulldozed when a certain local boy (Boris Yeltsin) was the soviet party leader, but we still found the odd nice mansion and old wooden house. ...
... a leisurely walk around the lake.
Tonight I'm going to a Ural Pelmeni restaurant (whatever that is, but it's in the guide book so it must be ok - last night's meal was a disaster so I've got to experience a good meal).
Tomorrow, I re-join the train at 17.39pm so I have most of the day for some more sightseeing.
The hostel owner has recommended a place to go by tram (hopefully it should turn up).
Oh......and yes.....some provisions are needed for the ...
... is the "Romanov Memorial Church".
At the start of the Russian communist revolution in early 1918 the Romanov family (i.e. Tsar, Nicholas II, wife Alexandra and their four daughter and one son) were murdered, by the ‘Bolsheviks’, in the cellar of a house. In 1976 Boris Yeltsin (Russian President at the time) ordered that the house be demolished and the memorial church (Church of the Blood) be erected. The Russian Orthodox ...
... of bullets destroyed the wall behind them. After the firing stopped, the guards were amazed to find the daughters still alive. The girls had sewn jewellery into their clothes with deflected the bullets. The guards then bayoneted them and shot them in the head at point blank range. The bodies were then taken to Gamina Yama, a disused mine 16km from the town, where they were dismembered, burnt and put in acid before being dumped in the mine and covered over.
The bodies were ...
... can ask for a ticket from here to there (Novosibirsk to Irkutsk, in this case) and then have when etc written out on your phone, then you really can just buy a ticket at the station. At the cafe we found a French girl who was heading east to Japan but by the ferry-no cock ups on the time left on her visa-and some earplugs in a chemist's. My second class compartment is comfortable, more so than the first train. The first was train no. 110, this ...