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tran Siberian Railway and great tour of China


Were here!! We are in St petersburg, and its like being in a dream. we keep pinching ourselves to see if its true!.
From plymouth we arrived by bus at heathrow Airport. it was here our first difficulty was encountered- we could not connect to the internet- all our plans of doing this 'blog' looked doomed to failure!. But our son in law came to the rescue with a friend who was able to give us some wise advice- we didnt connect to the internet, but we did catch our flight and connect to it ove r here! thankyou so much to everyone- us 'oldies' can still do it !!!!!!!! Thankyou too for all of you who have encouraged us along the way to achieve our ambition!.
Our flight left at 6.30 am , so were are feeling a bit tired now (didnt get much sleep at the airport- 4 am check in and we were first in line ( that was a first!) the flight was quick (2 1/2 hrs- compared to the New Zealand 26 hrs!) then a rapid chase through Warsaw airport to the connection flight and on to St Petersburg (2 hrs) Coming in to land we could see remains of snow everywhere and all tne lakes were frozen over. On landing one section of remaining snow reached up to the tops of the windows, giving us a clue as to what it really must be like in winter!. The main river here has 'ice flows' on it where the seagulls hitch a ride as they flow downstream!. Having said that the sun is shining on us and the temp today is +2 to +6, not as cold as last year in Korea!. Loved our 'Wedding Anniversary meal tonight (41 yrs! opps!) Traditional Russian Beetroot soup, and a chicken and egg type broth (delicious) then a tender chicken breast coated with some potato like a hash brown, plus beer and coffee! nice! locals are very friendly! found this quiet bar/cafe where it was all 'russian' but great!. looking forward to a day all ourselves exploring tomorow, but now we have to get some sleep............................................from Russia with love!

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2 days to go!

trans siberian railway and great tour of china

Only 2 day s to go before we set off! all the Visas, tickets and passports have arrived thank goodness!. Final packing of bags, and lots of extra walkies for the dogs!. Getting more and more excited!
Here is a taste of the places we will visit; St. Petersburge (via warsaw) Moscow, Trans Siberian Railway to Irkutsk, lake baikal (Siberia) Ulaanbaatar, (Mongolia) really looking forward to staying in a Mongolian Ger. (tent). Through the Gobi desert into China, Beijing, Xian, (Terracotta Warriors), Chongqing, Yangtz River Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and finally home- all of 7 weeks adventure time!- wish you could all come with us ! Our next entry might be in transit at the airport, just to while away the time!!!!!!!!.

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rose and mikes great adventure

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Planning an adventure is part of the adventure! for years
we had dreamed of travelling to China overland by the Trans Siberian Railway.
To celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and our 60 th Birthdays was a good excuse to do the journey, and so the plans are under way!
A huge chart with our route, itenenary, time zones, currencies, meals, (we love our food !) etc, is made, along with maps and pictures all over the place!.
The tickets and visas shoild arrive soon (we hope). Back packs are slow;ly filling up. more excitemant than action at the moment!. Will be in touch, Rose and Mike.

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