Armchair Travel: Moscow Russia

I apologise for the quality of some of these photos, they are old and my original scans could have been better. I will do them again one day.

In February 1990 David and I traveled through China and Russia on the Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian Express trains. Recently I found some of the photos from the trip that I had scanned onto discs years ago.

It was bitterly cold in February in Moscow as you can imagine. We had chosen not to take any tours. We had a limited budget and anyway we preferred to just wander around on our own. We figured out how to use the Moscow Metro despite a complete lack of signs in English. We had a map with the station names in English and another in Cyrillic. When we started to look at the maps we realised that the system was colour coded and that helped us a lot. We only got lost once and as the train fare at the time was the equivalent of about five cents in Australian money we weren’t really bothered. We loved the metro stations which seemed a combination of art gallery and air raid shelter. They were so much further underground than the ones we’d used in Sydney and Melbourne.

Taken from our Moscow hotel window

I especially liked the styles of some of the buildings.

The Museum of Agricultural, Scientific & Economic Achievement was a huge museum which we had to take three trains to get to. We were very proud of ourselves for finding it. Of course we could not understand one word about anything we saw but we loved the Space Exhibit which you did not need Russian to understand.

The Space Monument

Naturally we wanted to see The Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral and they did not disappoint.

St Basil’s



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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