Mountain Village near Kanazawa

Mountain Village near Kanazawa

This village is high in the mountains near Kanazawa. It snows very hard there in winter. The roofs are very thick thatch and last a very long time. Some of the houses are very old.

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Wood worker – Hakone

Wood worker - Hakone

This man makes beautiful inlaid wood pieces, some of which are sole all over the Hakone region

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The Amur River

The Amur River

A huge river in The Far East, Russia shares this river with China. We are not far from Harbin. Factories were relocated to this part of Russia during WWII.

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Khabarovsk over time

Khabarovsk over time

WWII Memorial with soviet era building and church in background . History is fascinating . Depends on which lens you see it through. Present even more so.
The Russians take WWII history seriously, and now religion too. Full circle.

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Village and farms along the track

Village and farms along the track

We are in Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, Vladivostok tomorrow, then home. It’s been a fabulous trip, amend I’m ready for home. The farmers (peasant’s) life looks pretty tough. More about that later.

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Church of National Atonment

Church of National Atonment

Those are my words. This is the new church in the area where the mine shaft was down which the Tsar and his family were dumped.

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Celia & Nicoli our guide in the Catherine Summer Palace

Celia & Nicoli our guide in the Catherine Summer Palace

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Peter & Paul Fortress

Peter & Paul Fortress

Peter & Paul Fortress on the Neva River in St Petersburg, originally to protect the city from enemies coming by water. Now a museum. Part of the fortress was used as a prison for various revolutionaries. Grim.

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Map of trip

Map of trip

This is a map from the Trans Siberia Handbook.

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Pre Trip Itinerary

Celia and I will leave Seattle on August 10 early in the morning and fly to St Petersburg with  stops in Chicago and Helsinki.  We will tour St Petersburg for two days.  One day Celia will spend at the Peterhof Palace and I will go to Pushkin, the present day name of the Czars’ summer palaces.  We will see other sites in St Petersburg including the Church of the Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and St Isaac’s Cathedral.  We will be staying at the Hotel Rossi.

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