Italian Street Fest

Always enjoyable to see the amazing artwork at the annual San Rafael Italian Street Painting Festival.

St. Petersburg and the Nevsky Prospect

The site while walking west along the Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg

Metropol Hotel Moscow

The venerable Metropol Hotel in Moscow is located adjacent to Red Square and still has pre-revolutionary charm.

Moscow Subway

A good touring activity during a rainy day in Moscow is to go underground and inspect the metro system

Yanina Gama

The Romanov Family came to an end near Yekaterinburg at the current location of Yanina Gama Monastery.

A beautiful and touching site.



Yekaterinburg was formerly Sverdlosk during the Soviet era and was a closed city.  Now open to tourists it is a great destination between Moscow and Irkutsk.


Heading west from Irkutsk to various stops on the way to Yekaterinburg.