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... A group if women sings a church service. Sisi also keeps a scar over her hair. We, and especially Sisi, do attract attention. We were told that no foreigners ever take the train we took yesterday. "You are like people from another planet" Olesya writes us. "That is why the people are so shy." Very handy: in the city center all interesting places are connected with a red line on the sidewalk. Just follow the red line...! We hide from the rain in a small ...
... is tourism for dummies! :)
Highlights from our walking tour:
- Church Upon the Blood: Yekaterinburg in famous for the place where the last Ramanov family (Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and children) were murdered in 1918. On the “Romanov Death Site”, there now stands a grand Church in memory of the last Royal family. ...
... We were told that the main pedestrianised street of the city had lots more random statues and endeavoured to look at them after dinner.
Dinner was in a quirky little restaurant that had been decorated like a little old lady's house. Thankfully the food wasn't jam sandwiches and sweet tea but excellent Russian fare throughout. I had borsch accompanied by a raspberry and mint tea. The only downside was that ...
... particular...a piece of Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane. The plane was shot down in 1960 while Powers was flying an espionage mission over Soviet airspace. The incident fueled growing Cold War tensions. The bulk of the plane remained intact during the crash landing and the Soviets were able to use it to unlock a significant amount of our technological capabilities as a result. The rest of the day was filled with just leisurely strolling around Yekaterinburg's main street like everyone ...
... Yekaterinburg was renamed Sverdlovsk in his honour. When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, much of the USSR’s key heavy manufacturing, particularly arms production, was shifted from European Russia to safety east of the Urals. For this reason, Sverdlovsk became a closed city to foreigners and remained such until after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The fate of the Romanovs remained a Soviet state secret.
Enter Boris Yeltsin, the ...