quarta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2015

Across Siberia – The enchantment of the extremes

Riding through Siberia is a one of a kind experience, the vast space known for their extreme temperatures, but can also be seen as a place who hides many wonders, and far away from the chaos of the most touristic places in Russia.

Where we travel, we passed in the forest zone known as taiga, with swamps and manly pine trees.

The houses in Siberia are modest, colorful and mostly made with wood on the outside. The green fields with these houses make amazing views when you are on board in the train.

Over the days of the trip we seen in many stops antique locomotives who made the Trans-Siberian route, is nice to know people take care of their treasures.

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quarta-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2015

Krasnoyarsk, Russia – The secret city in Siberia

As famous writer Anton Chekhov said, the most beautiful city in Siberia, and you can imagine why he said that, with the amazing landscapes we can find there.

The Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel who is featuring in the notes of 10 rubles, have importance to Russia culture. The Chapel watches over the city in the top of the hill, when in ancient times, the location was used to prevent attacks. 

We passed the Yenisey River in a pedestrian bridge; there we can really feel the vast space that Siberia has to offer. The temperatures here can reach the 30ºC in the summer and the -40ºC in the winter, huge amplitude that can be difficult to handle sometimes.

We say goodbye to this city, by arriving to the train station, once again the distinct green can be seen in the roof of many public and emblematic buildings, what a great way to end our visit to the city.

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terça-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2015

Novosibirsk, Russia - Deep into Siberia

The Capital of Siberia was founded as a transport hub in the end of the 19th century.

At the train station, with the especial green color, we were welcomed
in the traditional Russian fashion with bread and salt. We were introduced to the local Russian dance and singing.

The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre was constructed in the Soviet Era to promote culture in the area and is well known for his dome.

We can also find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, once again different from the other churches we seen so far on the trip.

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segunda-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2015

Yekaterinburg, Russia - The Tsar's family

This city is located in the middle of the Europe and Asia border, but is well known for what happen in July 17, 1918.

After the October Revolution, the family of the deposed Tsar Nicholas II were sent to Yekaterinburg, and on that day, all the family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

The Ipatiev House were the Tsar's were executed was demolish and later in his place was built the Church on Blood, in devotion to what the place represents.

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terça-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2015

Ural Mountains, Russia - Between Europe and Asia

We reach the location who separates Europe from Asia, and here you can put your right foot on Europe and your left foot on Asia, like I did in the photo.

To commemorate the event, we drink some champagne, what better way to move forward to Siberia.

Waiting for us was a local band who recreated the dresses, dance and music from the Cossacks, group of people who lived mainly in the Asiatic Russia. Their music was melodic but with a kind of warrior rhythm.

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segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2015

Kazan, Russia - Cathedrals and Mosques

Considered the "Third Capital of Russia", Kazan shows a mixture of people, religions and cultures with Russian and Tartar populations and peacefully blends the Muslim and Christian cultures.

Kazan Kremlin, with the white walls holds inside a the amazing Kul-Sharif Mosque, with the blue dome and a style that remind us the Mosques in the Arab Emirates, with the use also of bright white and golden finishes.

And showing the religion harmony the Annunciation Cathedral also in blue, white and gold. 

Kazan is has very open views, we get lucky with the weather, and the Volga River with clear sky can make the visit experience unforgettable.

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quarta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2015

Trans-Siberian - The embark

And so it begins the journey from Moscow to Beijing, more than 5800 km of rails, where adventure is waiting when you least expect it. Two Continents, 3 Countries and a lot of memories. 

First musicians are welcoming us with some music. The guest go with the flow and start dancing in a mix of pleasure and surprise. 

It's a long train, so we keep moving to see our Compartment. In later posts of the trip I will show you the inside and the delicious meals we had, so stay connected for that. And so we start our journey in the Trans-Siberian...

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