life through the lens
Eventually we left the Mongolia/Russia border and the Trans-Mongolian linked up with the Trans-Siberian line to Irkutsk in Siberian Russia - September 2009.
50 Russian Roubles
Heading away from the border at Naushki and on to Irkutsk
Irkutsk is in Siberian Russia and is the closest city to Lake Baikal
A Soviet missile launcher sits outside Dom Ofitserov museum, Irkutsk
The Decembrists were a group of upper class rebels who attempted to overthrow Tsar Nicholas I in December 1825 in St Petersburg. When they failed, some were executed and many sentenced to hard labour in Siberia. This is Maria Volkonskaya's house, who followed her husband into Siberian exile - Irkutsk.
Siberia is known for its traditional wooden houses - Irkutsk
A small area of wooden houses lies close to the bus station - Irkutsk
Vladimir Lenin stands on ul-Lenina, Irkutsk
The eternal flame is a World War II memorial (the part of WWII from 1941-1945 after Germany invaded the Soviet Union is known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War) - Irkutsk
Next to the Angara River is Bogoyavlensky Cathedral - Irkutsk
'Irkutsk 350' in Cyrillic. I'm guessing it refers to the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city, though that's a few years ago now (1651-2001) - Irkutsk
The 18th century Raising of the Cross Church, Irkutsk
Dining out with fellow trans-Siberian travellers at a restaurant in Irkutsk
Listvyanka and Lake Baikal are just over an hour's bus drive from Irkutsk
Canoers ride past a ship's hull at Listvyanka, Lake Baikal
At 1637 metres, beautiful Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake
It contains about 20% of the world's freshwater supplies - Lake Baikal
The Listvyanka hills surrounding Lake Baikal
Boat jetty, Lake Baikal
A snow covered trail leads to a superb lookout point above Lake Baikal
Halfway up the trail - Lake Baikal
A magnificent view of Lake Baikal and the Hamar Daban mountains
The Hamar Daban mountains - Lake Baikal
The Angara River flows out of Lake Baikal and on the oppsite side of the river from Listvyanka is Port Baikal
Good luck ribbons wrapped around the lookout point at Listvyanka, Lake Baikal
On the Trans-Siberian from Irkutsk to Tomsk we met some very friendly Russians, including Christian, a biology student living in Novosibirsk, and a vodka-plying Yuri, coming back from engineering work in eastern Siberia.
From our central hotel in Tomsk we had a great view of the FC Tomsk stadium next door. More useful when they're playing though..
Next to FC Tomsk is a funfair - Tomsk
On the banks of the River Tom is a World War II Memorial, Tomsk
The World War II mother-and-son memorial, Tomsk
A traditional Siberian wooden house in Tomsk
A very lopsided wooden house - Tomsk
Fine wooden-lace architecture, Tomsk
The Oppression Museum was formerly a prison used by the NKVD who later became the feared KGB - Tomsk
The NKVD was responsible for state security. It ran the Gulag forced-labour camps and suppressed resistance movements by way of executions and assassinations - Oppression Museum, Tomsk
A memorial inside the Oppression Museum, Tomsk
Just outside the museum is a monument to the 'Victims of Stalinist Repression' - Tomsk
In the park outside the Oppression Museum, Tomsk
Hundreds of lovers' padlocks are chained to the railings at Ploshchad Lenina (Lenin Square) - Tomsk
Lenin directs the traffic at Lenin Square, Tomsk
The 18th century Epiphany Cathedral is just off Lenin Square, Tomsk
Climb the lookout tower at the Tomsk History Museum, on Resurrection Hill, and get this view of Tomsk
The huge belltower at Voznesenskaya Church, Tomsk
Another example of wooden architecture is the Russian-German House, a German cultural centre - Tomsk
One more example is also along Ulitsa Krasnoarmenskaya, Tomsk
Walking along Ulitsa Krasnoarmenskaya. Ulitsa means street in Russian - Tomsk
A useless photo of the Europe/Asia marker at km1777 (behind the posts), which marked our crossing into European Russia.
Looking out of the window at the Sylva River, about 1500km from Moscow - Trans-Siberian from Tomsk to Moscow
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