A rainy day in NovosibirskSeptember 11 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C
Had a sleep in and a buffet breakfast.
K got to try out her new rain jacket as today it has decided to pour down with rain. We realised this was only the second day of heavy rain we have had in 72 days of travel so we have been super lucky.
The plan to go to the State Museum was a good one and we spent a couple of dry hours enjoying the exhibitions.
On the bottom floor was a great display of Siberian artefacts, furs, shamanistic drums, pottery etc.
The middle floor was an excellent exhibit of the development of Novosibirsk from early fortresses, to a town, to the building of the railway, through the war etc. it was especially interesting on the development of communal farms and how they sadly became government ruled etc. Thankfully there were English translations throughout.
The top floor was more art.
It is sad but so many museums and galleries we have visited outside of the main cities have cost peanuts to enter, have amazing exhibits, are spotlessly clean, have women guarding every room.... but sadly are almost empty all the time. They are such an asset that do not seem to be fully utilised. We feel very lucky to have enjoyed them all.
After a v nice coffee in the Park Cafe we walked home in the rain unable to avoid the flooded roads and pavements.
Now back at the hotel drying out for a couple of hours before jumping back on the train for TST night 3!Read more