Thursday, 12 December 2019

Russia 1 Vladivostok - Far East Russia

Had an excellent 2 days in Vladivostok at the start of our Trans Siberian adventure. It is a huge port and the day we arrived they were celebrating Russia Navy Day with parades and an open air concert. We went on a boat tour round the harbor, the second bridge was barely visible in the mist. We enjoyed the Arseniev museum with interesting displays about the development of the area with sailors and traders and a recreation of an explorer’s study. There was an interesting display of modernist cloth from a Moscow factory in the 1930’s. We enjoyed the work of a Mongolian artist the Namdakov Family who create dolls based on Russian folk lore. I imagined myself as the village dispute settler. Many Chinese contributed to the growth of Vladivostok. Russia shares a border with N Korea here. It felt very Far East in Russia.

We are now starting our journey of 9288 kms by train back to Moscow taking 5 different trains and 12 days and stopping in Siberia en route.

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