A Train Ride into the Ural Mountains of Russia

A Train Ride into the Ural Mountains of Russia from Perm to Yekaterinburg

Earning My Keep in Perm, Russia

          Perm is a common stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway and while there is not a lot to see of historical interest there, I did have a pleasant stay at the Hotel Prikamye.  When the front desk staff found out that I was from the U.S. they asked if I would take a look at the new restaurant menu they were working on and see if I had any editing suggestions.  Of course, I was happy to do it and I was able to correct a few grammatical errors for them.  I had a wonderful dinner that evening at a nearby restaurant that came with chicken borsht soup and a shot of Vodka!

Dinner In Russia Comes with a Shot of Vodka

Dinner In Russia Comes with a Shot of Vodka

A Pleasant Train Ride through the Ural Mountains

          The next day I boarded the train heading for Yekaterinburg and enjoyed the beautiful ride into the Ural Mountains.  Unlike Perm, Yekaterinburg has tremendous historical significance.  Named for Catherine (Katerin) the First, second wife of Peter the Great, it is the infamous place where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered by the Bolsheviks on July 17, 1917.  In 1977 the building where they were executed was destroyed by the order of Boris Yeltsin and a beautiful cathedral now stands in its place.  The bodies of the Romanov family were moved to the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, where they now enjoy renewed respect and reverence from the Russian people.

Cathedral at Romanov Death Site in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Cathedral at Romanov Death Site in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Buying Train Tickets Was the Biggest Challenge on the Trans-Siberian Railway

          By this stage of my trip across Russia I had discovered that buying tickets at the train station each day was my biggest challenge.  The lines were long and the ticket agents and other customers had little patience in dealing with someone who did not speak Russian.  With that one exception, the Russian people everywhere along the way were extremely friendly and helpful.  I met a nice, very intelligent young man on the train who spoke excellent English.  I learned a lot about Russia from talking with Maxim and on arrival in Yekaterinburg he helped me buy my train tickets for the next several days which was a tremendous help.  We then took a walking tour of the city and had dinner before he had to get to the airport.  I stayed at a fairly elegant hotel that evening, the Hotel Tsentralny, to rest up for the next leg of my trip…a long stretch into the Western Siberian Plain.  It would be three days on the train before I stayed in another hotel.

Join Me on a Quick Train Ride into the Ural Mountains of Russia

Colorado or Mongolia?

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado or Terelj National Park, Mongolia?

If you didn’t look closely you might mistake these photos taken in Terelj National Park, Mongolia for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

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A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara, Ireland

A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland

Clifden, Connemara, Ireland

Galway was one of my favorite places in Ireland. Not only is it a beautiful city, but there are some interesting sights nearby. I took the bus to Clifden and fell in love with the spectacular scenery of the Connemara region on the West Coast of Ireland. On my walk I . . . → Read More: A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara, Ireland

Travel Cat

Cat in Cottage Window Dreams of Traveling the Globe, Sligo, Ireland

A Favorite Photo from Sligo, Ireland

I saw this beautiful cat sitting next to a globe in a cottage window in Sligo, Ireland and imagined that he was dreaming of traveling the world. This photo was taken near the grave of one of Ireland’s most revered poets, William Butler Yeats, near Ben Bulben, a . . . → Read More: Travel Cat

My Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

52 Page US Passport

The New Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

Several years ago when I had to renew my passport, I debated whether to get the standard 25 page passport or the new 52 page passport, both of which were the same price. Being a frequent traveler, my old passport was nearly full and I could definitely . . . → Read More: My Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Inside Kremlin at Nizhny Novgorod

A Beautiful City Just Outside the Golden Ring

The Sunday morning train ride from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod took a little over two hours and cost about $30. While this was only a small step eastward on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the short ride meant more time to explore this beautiful city. Nizhny Novgorod turned . . . → Read More: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia