As our No 1 Red Arrow started slowing, the countryside around gave way to small houses, then small tower blocks then the full concrete jungle. Our provodnitsa (carriage attender), opened the door to let us step down onto the platform. Each provodnitsa stood outside their door all alone the length of the platform […]
Our first view of Russia, from the air, was of frozen lakes, beaches covered by ice from the freezing sea and a bleak never ending landscape. That changed as the runway of St Petersburg airport came into view as the BA pilot landed (with a bump) and we taxi-ed to […]
Travelling by train is a sometime forgotten method of covering long distances and can be sometimes as quick as going by plane and sometimes substantially cheaper. It is also a way of seeing more of a country rather than simply peering down on it through the clouds.