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Sheki – last stop before Georgia!

Sheki – last stop before Georgia!

After two days in Lahic we arrived at our next destination, Sheki – or Seki, Sheke, Shakki, Shaka, Shekin, Shakne, Shakkan. Well, all is correct, for historical reasons, would take too long to explain. With its 64,000 some inhabitants Sheki counts as a city. But it feels more like a small town, which is nice for us. Sheki is especially known for its carawanserei. Originally there were seven of them around, two are still there. One has been made into…

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Reykjavik – Days Of Grey

Reykjavik – Days Of Grey

Iceland Part 1 – Arrival at Reykjavik First impressions… Reykjavik seems off to a bad start. We knew Iceland would be expensive but THIS IS SPAAARTA  ! Wow, our first meal out was to be a Hot Dog, being the most affordable food at 450 ISK (3,60€) and if the brands claim (SS Pylsur) is true it is also the best known Hot Dog in the World. Never heard of it, and we’ve done a fair amount of travelling (and…

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The grey heart of Siberia: Novosibirsk

The grey heart of Siberia: Novosibirsk

  We had been warned before we got of the train. The Russian lady, a lawyer from Tomsk who was going back home from a court case in Tyumen, and accompanied us on the last half of the only 22 hours long ride from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk had told us so when we mentioned what our next stopp would be. “Novosibirsk is ugly” she said, and “it”s a typical old soviet city, no nice architecture, just big blocks of grey, ugly buildings”. She…

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European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

  We came with no expectations to Yekaterinburg, well, except for a bloody history (murder of the last Tsar, mafia gang fights in the 90ties) and the rise of Boris Yeltsin we didn’t know anything about the city. We have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by it’s charm. Starting with the hotel, which was certainly the best we’ve stayed in for a long while. A four-star establishment, all brand new and plushy, plus they offered a great breakfast accompanied by French…

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Exploring Moscow

Exploring Moscow

  We had two days to explore Moscow before we went on our Transiberian Tour. Not nearly enough time to see it all, but enough to visit the “essentials”: The Kremlin, the Red Square, Alexander Garden, Gorky Park. We were very lucky with the weather, we enjoyed two beautiful, warm late summer days. Just perfect for strolling around and chilling in parks and little cafés. The city is great, but also a bit intimidating. Nowhere else have we seen so…

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A song of hills and rain: Dent to Appleby-in-Westmorland

A song of hills and rain: Dent to Appleby-in-Westmorland

  From picturesque Dent we went on to the next cute town, to Sedbergh in Cumbria. It’s apparently England’s official book town, you find a lot of independent and second-hand-booksellers. The landlady of the BnB we stayed in, Sue, a nice elderly lady, also used to have an antique shop up to a few years ago, where she sold „quirky things for quirky people“. Now, she rents it out. The path to Sedbergh was rather unimpressive, and quite short –…

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