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May 18, 2014 - Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod - May 15 This city has a wonderful location at the junction of the Volga and Oka rivers. A pretty brick Kremlin (fort) sits on top of a steep bluff. Much of the commercial heart of the city appears also to be high up on top of the cliff while the industrial area is down near the rivers. On the first evening, we went down a looong set of stairs to an interesting street that has been well restored and has several recommended restaurants. We went to one that was known for Russian food, particularly for local freshwater fish....

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May 15, 2014 - Moscow to Nizny Novgorod

Moscow to Nizny Novgorod May15 Today we did not have a lot of time before our train out of Moscow; but every day we had been looking from our hotel across the very busy street at a cluster of buildings and monuments. We figured out how to duck under the expressway and emerged on the exhibition grounds. The first thing we got close to was a soaring 100 metre high titanium sculpture with a rocket at the top of it. Carved at the base were all sorts of people who had been involved in the space program including construction workers, astronauts...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Nizhny Novgorod

We arrived at the station in plenty of time and settled into our routine - find the departure board, identify the train number and wait. Within ten minutes, the platform number was added and we went out to take our place. The train duly arrived, we got on and waited for departure. It's easy when you know what's happening. The only item of interest that occurred during the trip was when we went to the dining car for dinner. We didn't have business class tickets this time so had to rub shoulders with the masses in getting food. When we got to...

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Aug 4, 2008 - Nizhny Novgorod Redux

Kara and I arrived in Nizhny Novgorod yesterday in the evening. It was sad to leave Moscow, but fortunately, we've arrived in a city even colder and rainier than Moscow. Apparently, Russia didn't get word yet that it is summer. Thank god that Kara and I packed some winter gear. Last night, it was about 50 degrees or even slightly below. The bank said 13 degrees but we didn't feel like whipping out our calculators to convert the temperature. Kara and I survived our first dinner with absolutely nothing written in English on the menu. We went...

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Jan 8, 2008 - STUCK!!!

Well, hello we're stuck somewhere on the Trans Siberian and since we don't know where to go, we decided we had time to blog. It's a pretty nasty city here called Nihzny Novgorod, typical Soviet kind of place and atmosphere. We spent most of the day at the train station trying to get out of here but apparently there are no trains, and no hotels either. So I guess we're sleeping with the hobo's tonight. At least they're nicer than the old menapause soviet ladies behind the ticket counters. haha niet helemaal waar, konden gelukkig nog een...

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Trans-Siberian/ Asia

May 15, 2005 - Nizhny Novgorod

I gather that Nizhny Novgorod is Russia's third biggest city. Even under the better known Soviet era name (Gorki), that comes as a bit of a surprise. Indeed the centre feels remarkably cosy, built on deeply gouged fingers of riverside ridge. The main pedestrianised main street has a really European feel, great terraced cafes and an 80 year old bank building of such spectacularly wonderful Modernista design that if I didn't know better I'd have said I'd been transported to Barcelona. Could it be a genuine Montaner? After an hour or two...

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