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  • Day24

    Schiphol Airport

    October 30, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Feel as if I've been flying all day - oh wait, I have 😂😂. The first leg from Vladivostok to Moscow was 8 and a half hours, we left at 2 p.m. and got to Moscow at 4 p.m.! We then had to get new booking tickets, as the first flight was internal, so we didn't go through passport control. We also had to change terminal buildings too! The flight was very uneventful, full as the first flight had been. So, now at Schipol, waiting for our flight at 21:45, a flight of just over an hour, to land in Manchester at 22:00. Phew, I'll be ready for my bed.
    They are doing lots of work here, and it's quite different from last time we were here.
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  • Day24

    Moscow Sheremetyevo airport

    October 30, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ -2 °C

    Now in Moscow, having been in the air for 9 hrs and it's only 2 hrs later 😂😂. Having to re check in and it's a bit of a bind!

  • Day24

    Airport can't spell!!!

    October 30, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    We left our apartment earlier and are now waiting to check in. There are lots of nice cafe's before security so we are sitting having coffee and cake with Valentina. George is finishing off the bread and meat we didn't eat for breakfast, much to Victoria's chagrin!! Pictures of us in the apartment and the sunrise. George was being stupid!!Read more

  • Day23

    Last night in Vladivostok

    October 29, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    We have come to a traditional Russian restaurant for our last meal and Valentina has come too! We are at Gus-Karas, and the food is lovely. Will be sorry to leave, but am ready to get home and see the other side of the family.Read more

  • Day22

    Souvenir hunting

    October 28, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Stu and I went for a walk this afternoon. The weather was quite windy and dull, but no rain. However, it did rain later. We wandered and got some of our souvenirs from one of the traffic free roads, but no medved (bear!). We're getting to know central Vladivostok quite well now! We went to the station first to see the tall ship, the masts of which we can see from our balcony. Then the back of the station, with our apartment block in the distance. The roof of the church looked much better in real life with the strands of the suspension bridge behind it!Read more

  • Day22

    Vladivostok

    October 28, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Forgot to post pictures from our 17th floor balcony yesterday. However, there are night views and sunrise this morning. We can see the suspension bridge right in front of us and if you look to the right, you can see part of the marina. We went back to the Georgian restaurant last night, which was lovely. Not quite sure what we have planned for today, but we'll make a move soon.Read more

  • Day21

    Back to Vladivostok

    October 27, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    We are now waiting to leave Nakhodka on a mini bus for a 4 hour journey to Vladivostok! We are heading back as it's quite a trip back there and we want to see some more sights before we leave on Wednesday. Also, it's easier to get to the airport from there, even though it's a 50 minute journey from our apartment near the marina. Blue skies again, though it was cold this morning.Read more

  • Day20

    Beach view

    October 26, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Came to Nakhodka again, this time to look for a Masha and the Bear bear and for Victoria to take her paperwork in. Vika then said we would go to a lake - via a dirt track to the beach first! We are now sat in a restaurant by the second beach, getting warm!Read more

  • Day20

    Trip to Nakhodka

    October 26, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    We went on a trip to Nakhodka today with an English speaking tour guide and her husband, who also spoke English. They gave us the history of Nakhodka and showed us where the first house was built in the 1830's. There will be a museum there one day but at the moment it's just a field. We then went to a lookout where there is a monument to some sailors who lost their lives in a boating disaster. The monument of a woman and child was paid for by the shipping company. It can be seen as the boats enter the harbour. They also took us to the Japanese stone gardens, which were presented to Nakhodka from a Japanese town (forget which one) when they twinned in 1981. We then went to a lookout on the opposite side of the bay, where we could see the coal waiting to be shipped out, either by boat or by train.Read more

  • Day19

    Walk to the beach

    October 25, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Let's go to the beach, says George and Victoria. Never been to the beach at the top of a mountain! So we walked up to the harbour lookout to see the sea and port. Then we got rained on! First rain we've seen for nearly 3 weeks (seen snow but don't count that).Read more

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