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Country Summary: One Month in Russia

Country Summary: One Month in Russia

12th June – 10th July 2017 We have recently completed our month in Russia, the first country in our year of travel. During our time in Russia we have physically travelled an extremely long distance, starting in St.Petersburg and ending in Ulan Ude. The distance travelled has been amazing and is incomparable to any distance you can travel in England. We are now about 7000km from home and have crossed from Europe into Asia. During this first month we have seen stunning palaces…

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Moscow’s Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Moscow’s Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Whilst looking for alternative things to do in Moscow we stumbled across the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. Just off the Red Square this was probably one of our highlights of Moscow. Simple fun in the form of old mechanical and digital toys. When you arrive at the museum you pay 450RUB for access to the museum and you are given 15 old soviet coins to use in the machines. You also get given an information sheet (in English) which…

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Russian Metro Stations: The People’s Palace

Russian Metro Stations: The People’s Palace

We have been in Russia now for about a week and a half. We flew into Tallin, in Estonia, and then took a cheap bus over the boarder into Russia. We started our trip by visiting the two largest and probably the two most well known cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow. We visited the main sights in both cities but I want to share a lesser known underground secret. Both cites have numerous elaborate metro stations. It’s very rare in…

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7,621km from Moscow to Beijing by Train

7,621km from Moscow to Beijing by Train

So it is only two weeks until Rich and I depart on our big trip. Before we leave I wanted to tell you all about the first part on the Trans-Mongolian Railway. You have probably heard of the Trans-Siberian Railway. However a lot of people do not know that there are actually three routes; the Trans-Siberian, the Trans-Mongolian and the Trans-Manchurian. We decided to do the Trans-Mongolian route. This traditionally starts in Moscow. You then travel east across Russia to Ulan…

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Photo Essay: Exploring Cinque Terre

Photo Essay: Exploring Cinque Terre

Last month my girlfriend and I spent 5 days exploring Cinque Terre, this wonderful area of Italy is busy but if you go slightly out of season and stay locally you can avoid most of the crowds. From an Airbnb in Riogmaggoire we managed to visit all five towns and walked most of the trails in between them including the higher sanctuary trail. As Cinque Terre is one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been I’m just going to let…

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The Picturesque Trails of Cinque Terre

The Picturesque Trails of Cinque Terre

I visited Italy as a child with my family but you never truly remember all the details of those trips and your memories get distracted by kid’s camps or games. When we were looking for somewhere to visit this summer, my boyfriend and I both had seen photos of a beautiful region on the coast of Italy which offered sun, sea and walking opportunities. I was craving a break from my busy London life and this was a fantastic excuse for…

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Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

After visiting Bulgaria on my first trip around Europe I’ve been fasinated by the brutalist communist era monuments and buildings that are strewn across Eastern Europe. They are not pretty in the normal sense of the word but they are immensly striking, futurstic looking and definitely nothing like the architecture or design we have in England. Below are a selection of these incredible monuments:   Buzludzha Monument – Bulgaria The most widley recognised of these structures is Buzludzha, formally known as the House-Monument of…

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A Rainy Day in Ponta Delgada

A Rainy Day in Ponta Delgada

When I recently visted the Azorean island of Sao Miguel I was unfortunate enough to end my week long trip with 2 days of almost solid rain. I’d returned my hire car the previous day and was therefore stuck in the city, although as it turned out all was not lost. After a few hours trawling through TripAdvisor and Lonley Planets Thorntree I managed to find a few rainy day activites which could keep me occupied. So if like me you find yourself stuck in Ponta Delgada on a…

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Shooting Handguns in Sofia

Shooting Handguns in Sofia

As a Brit the closest you normally get to shooting guns is playing the latest release of GTA so imagine our delight when we were told about a shooting range in Sofia where we could shoot some handguns. The prospect seemed too good to pass up. With a few hours left before we were due to board our night train to Belgrade we found ourselves in ‘VIP Shooting Range’, a small 5 lane shooting range in the outskirts of Sofia….

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Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam

Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam

I visited Amsterdam for the first time a few months ago and absolutely loved it. It’s one of those cities where there is something for everyone it doesn’t matter if you’re out here to smoke and drink or if you’re interested in the culture and history. When I first arrive into a new place I always enjoy doing the touristy bits (they are normally touristy for a reason) but once I’ve ticked off most of those then I try to venture…

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