The walls of Smolensk

After travelling eastbound for four hours from Moscow on the Lastochka, a recorded announcements informs you that "the train is now arriving in the Hero City of Smolensk" and you have reached a lesser known, but incredibly interesting destination. Hero City (Russian: город-герой, gorod-geroy) is a Soviet honorary title awarded for outstanding heroism during World... Continue Reading →

Bridges are overrated. Or not.

At first glance this is likely to look like the picture of a bridge going over some marsh land or a small, shallow valley. It is not so. The "white pavement" the gentleman in the photo is walking over, is actually the mighty river Volga. Frozen, of course, but still... The scene takes place in... Continue Reading →

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