Cold comfort at the summer palace
Summer palace, 17th c. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

Cold comfort at the summer palace

Sometimes the least traveled places can be the most interesting, even in tough conditions. On a dark, bitterly cold day, we went to Kolomenskoye Park at the outskirts of Moscow because of the ravine. The…

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Going with the flow
About 1km of aqueduct high over Alcantara valley

Going with the flow

We had seen quite a lot of Lisbon and its surrounding towns when we first visited in the fall of 2017. This time we kept quite busy with other matters and enjoyed the pleasure of…

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Observation post: Moscow
Pedestrian mall near Tverskaya Street

Observation post: Moscow

Waiting in Moscow for a few days before beginning a rail trip across Siberia, we were pleasantly surprised to see the old city in such fine shape. We had not been here for 25 years…

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Baikal: The Deep Freeze
Crystalline frozen texture

Baikal: The Deep Freeze

In brief: Baikal lake is extraordinary in many ways, but its ice is the big draw. Crystalline frozen texture The best way to enjoy Lake Baikal in wintry Siberia, we found, is just to get…

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