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We left our rather dingy accommodation this morning at 9.30 am, I had awoken earlier at 4.30am to see a car parked next door on 4 logs,minus it's wheels,see picture,and had slept fitfully wondering if the bike had gone with the wheels. Jenny had tried to console me and tell me everything would be ok,but as soon as we were up,I had to go and check,Jenny was right,the bike was ok,Phew!! The roads mainly M6 were a lot better than yesterday's roads,and not much traffic,it ...
... and came into the circular memorial hall and eternal flame. The new squad had replaced the guard and the old squad was marching out up a spiral ramp.
On the walls surrounding the eternal flame and the guard are the names of all the Russian soldiers killed in the battle. It is the most moving war memorial we both had ever seen. Beautiful. Triumphant. Sorrowful. Silent. The symbols of the soviet era are everywhere including images of Lenin, ...
... a memorial (similar to Hiroshima’s A-bomb dome). Next door is the Stalingrad Memorial Museum and a 360-degree panorama that’s worth a visit. Of course the museum glorifies the Russian side so it was good to have seen the video that morning to be able to appreciate the toll on both sides.
Next stop was the hillside War Memorial with its eternal flame and heroic statues flanking the stairs up to it. We saw ...
... a small crowd around our cars when we returned to them which concerned us at first. But everyone was just eager to hear about our trip, practice their English and take photos. The beach front sellers then gave us gifts. Magnets, flip flops and a handmade poncho just for me. Then whilst we were eating dinner, the manager came up and offered to let us stay in the staff quartets. Such kind and friendly people! Sadly, it was time for us to leave Romania ...
... looking for us but it was the really fire department. They pulled up and got out axes to break a window on the first floor and then hung out tracing our route on the outside of our cars. Hoping that Russia didn't have any laws agains sleeping in cars both Craig and Steve froze until they left. Around seven I heard what sounded like gunshots (definitely influenced by my mindset from being in this sketchy hotel but scary nonetheless) outside our open window but it turned ...