Through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

After a week in Mongolia, we boarded a train in Ulaanbaatar and continued our journey into Siberia.

The first stop in Russia was Utulik: a tiny village on the south coast of Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest, deepest lake.
 
If you eat at one place in Russia, eat at this glorious, dingy little truck stop on the outskirts of Utulik. People told me not to expect much from Russian cuisine, but they were very wrong. Favourite dish: ‘The Surprise’, which as best I could tell was a giant dollop of mashed potatoes in a bowl of borscht.
 
Utulik Truck Stop
 
Back on the train to Moscow, we passed dozens of small rural stops, but every once in a while we’d pass through cities with monolithic soviet-era stations.
 
Vladimir Station
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, a building which dominates the skyline like an evil supervillain’s lair.
 
Moscow - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 
Lenin looks over the MosExpo exhibition in Moscow.
 
Lenin Statue
 
The MosExpo grounds in Moscow are ringed with pavilion buildings, each dedicated to a former Soviet territory.
 
MosExpo Pavillion Building
 
The Historical Museum at the Red Square, Moscow.
 
Historical Museum at Red Square, Moscow
 
Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812.
 
Sunset outside the Red Square
 
After a couple days in Moscow, we travelled north to St. Petersburg.
 
St. Petersburg Streets
 
It was a long climb up to our hostel in this historic St. Petersburg building.
 
Old Apartment Stairwell
 
Alleys of St. Petersburg.
 
Russian Car
 
The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
 
Winter Palace at Night
 
The Grand Staircase, entrance to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
 
Inside the State Hermitage Museum
 
The ceiling of the Hermitage’s Gold Room certainly lives up to its name.
 
Golden Ceiling
 
In this hall in the Hermitage hangs 332 portraits of generals who took part in the Patriotic War of 1812, painted by George Dawe.
 
Hermitage - Gallery of 1812
 
Prison Courtyard: Trubetskoy Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg.
 
Prison Courtyard
 
Ceiling in the Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg.
 
Cathedral Ceiling
 
 
Russia in the winter is a stunningly beautiful country; check out the rest of this photo series on Flickr, and also some of the epic panorama shots I took as well!
 

 
 

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