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Day 13

Blood On Their Hands

semi-overcast -10 °C

Excited about our adventure today, after a much needed sleep in, I prepare a yummy brunch of boiled eggs, fried plastic frankfurter and questionable cream in a wrap. Surprisingly delicious; you are welcome.

Lyn in excellent form navigates us to the local tourist information centre after doing a little research the night before. It was a great discovery to chat to the English speaking lady who recommended we pop in and she can arrange our day for us.

Our tour advisor puts us in a nice clean (non smelly) taxi with the price pre arranged to transport us to the border of Asia and Europe, on Lyn’s wish list. As we pull into a work site on the side of the freeway it’s clear our driver has no idea where to take us. Lyn has the location marked on her gps and already knows we have driven past the inconspicuous landmark. He pulls only slightly off the multi laned fast moving icy freeway to indicate we are here. The markers are on the opposite side of the freeway with a barrier in between and very fast cars and trucks screaming on icy roads. With no option but to laugh at this mishap we discover it’s actually a better selfie opportunity with the markers behind us. At least he waited and didn’t drive off and leave us stranded.

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After binge watching The Last Czar we are both very keen to visit the sight where the entire family of Romanov’s: Nicholas, Alexandra and the five children, and their staff (11 in total) were brutally murdered by the Bolshevicks in 1918. The original house was demolished after many pilgrims visited the sight with existing bullet holes and laid flowers and prayed for the family.

Not a proud moment for the Russian government. In 2003 the non communist government erected an Orthodox Church in memory of the extremely religious family, The Church of the Blood, it was an emotional experience and a magnificent cathedral to visit.

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We then take to the red line and map of the city and enjoy a very crisp walk back to our apartment viewing the gorgeous buildings and city via a warm stopover for dinner and a few cold beers. We purchase two SIM cards for the cost of only $2.50 each for a month of use, no more rip off taxis for these two black ducks.

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Thanks again Russia we are quite fond of you.

Posted by DebandLyn 02:47 Archived in Russia

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