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Russian Federation

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Vladivostok and Korsakov

Saturday, 10 Aug 2019 | Views [247]

FRANCISCO, THE TYPHOON THAT HAS BEEN CHASING us all week through the Sea of Japan, seems to be gaining on us.  As if that’s not enough North Korea, just 200 miles away, recently launched a missile into the Sea and I have to wonder what the ... Read more >

Photos: Russia

Friday, 26 Jul 2019 | Photo Gallery

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Friday, 26 Jul 2019 | Views [159]

EVEN OUR “TRAVEL AND CRUISE DIRECTOR, LANCE” — as he refers to himself — found Petropavlovsk a mouthful to pronounce.  It begins to make sense when one realizes the city is named for Peter and Paul — not the saints ... Read more >

The Kremlin and the Metro

Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Views [324]

THE KREMLIN TOUR WAS A SURPRISE.  Instead of government buildings reminiscent of Washington DC, the area inside the red walls contained mostly churches.  Odd, we thought, for a country that had pretty much outlawed religion for the better ... Read more >


Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 | Views [292]

NEWS REPORTS FROM MOSCOW ALWAYS made it seem that Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral were all part of the Kremlin.  Not so.  Actually the word “kremlin” refers to a wall surrounding a settlement, quite common in Russia.... Read more >

Yaroslavl and Uglich

Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | Views [317]

YAROSLAVL SOMEHOW ESCAPED THE SOVIET architectural plague, retaining the buildings of 17 th and 18 th Century merchants.  It also has more onion domes than you can shake a stick at, boasting fifteen domed churches in all, including the ... Read more >

Khizi and Goritsa

Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | Views [355]

TEARS RAN UNABASHEDLY DOWN DAVE’S CHEEKS as the champagne cork popped.  He and Margaret are celebrating their 50th anniversary on this cruise.  Table mates Marianne from Scotland and Aussie Penny shouted them to some bubbly — Connie ... Read more >

Rollin' On The (Volga) River

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | Views [259]

NO ONE REMARKED ON OUR RAGGEDY-ASS outfits as we sipped champagne and the Chernyshevsky eased out into the current last evening.  A cruise, like a well-staged musical, needs to open with a blockbuster, and ours was St. Petersburg.  Things ... Read more >

Reluctant Tourists

Sunday, 16 Aug 2015 | Views [214]

WE ARE TRAVELERS MASQUERADING AS TOURISTS, but I fear our travel-worn clothing gives us away.  We will probably be refused entry to the Captain’s cocktail party this evening; passengers are requested to “dress elegantly.” ... Read more >

Back in the USSR

Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | Views [262]

ACTUALLY IT’S THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, not the USSR.  But the old Beatles song has a better ring to it, don’t you think?  We flew in yesterday from Kiev, not totally trusting Aeroflot enough to arrive the same day our cruise begins.... Read more >

Photos: Russian Cruise: St. Petersburg to Moscow

Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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