Author Archives: margez12
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.
This man makes beautiful inlaid wood pieces, some of which are sole all over the Hakone region
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a map from the Trans Siberia Handbook.