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Urals & Volga Regions
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Nizhny Novgorod, former Gorky

Nizhny Novgorod, former Gorky
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Closed to foreigners during Soviet times

Closed to foreigners during Soviet times
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The Kremlin- dates back to 1500

The Kremlin- dates back to 1500
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Monument to the heroes of WW II

Monument to the heroes of WW II
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Government buildings

Government buildings
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Overlooking the Volga and the Oka rivers

Overlooking the Volga and the Oka rivers
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On the road to Kazan

On the road to Kazan
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Entering the Republic of Tartastan

Entering the Republic of Tartastan
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Welcome to Kazan- the capital of the Republic of Tartastan

Welcome to Kazan- the capital of the Republic of Tartastan
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Kazan-also called the Istanbul of the Volga

Kazan-also called the Istanbul of the Volga
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The impressive Kremlin- a World Heritage Site

The impressive Kremlin- a World Heritage Site
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Entrance to the Kremlin with the Musa Dzhlil monument- a Tatar poet who was executed by the Nazis

Entrance to the Kremlin with the Musa Dzhlil monument- a Tatar poet who was executed by the Nazis
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The Kul-Sharif Mosque- largest mosque in Europe

The Kul-Sharif Mosque- largest mosque in Europe
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The Kremlin is also home to government offices...

The Kremlin is also home to government offices...
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...and several functioning religious buildings

...and several functioning religious buildings
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The flag of Tartastan

The flag of Tartastan
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The Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace
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Back to the real world outside the Kremlin

Back to the real world outside the Kremlin
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Selling home grown vegetables and other stuff outside the supermarket

Selling home grown vegetables and other stuff outside the supermarket
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On the way to the Ural mountains, the boundary between Europe and Asia

On the way to the Ural mountains, the boundary between Europe and Asia
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Truck stop and antique car show

Truck stop and antique car show
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Public water source

Public water source
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Beloved Shashlyk stands along the road

Beloved Shashlyk stands along the road
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Nice overnight spots along the road

Nice overnight spots along the road
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Passing through another typical town

Passing through another typical town
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...and like always the traffic gets crazy

...and like always the traffic gets crazy
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Our GPS is guiding us

Our GPS is guiding us
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UAZ - a 4x4 van for all purposes

UAZ - a 4x4 van for all purposes
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The Urals- definitely not comparable to the Alps

The Urals- definitely not comparable to the Alps
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The Trans-Sibirian railway

The Trans-Sibirian railway
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The Europe / Asia monument- erected in 1837

The Europe / Asia monument- erected in 1837
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Yekaterinburg- largest city of the Ural mountains and one of Russias principal cultural centers

Yekaterinburg- largest city of the Ural mountains and one of Russias principal cultural centers
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Closed to foreigners until 1990 because of its many defense plants

Closed to foreigners until 1990 because of its many defense plants
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Church upon the Blood- where Tsar Nicolas II and his family were executed by the Bolshiviks in 1918

Church upon the Blood- where Tsar Nicolas II and his family were executed by the Bolshiviks in 1918
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The original Romanov Death Site was demolished in 1977 by then governor Boris Yeltsin

The original Romanov Death Site was demolished in 1977 by then governor Boris Yeltsin
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Monument to Boris Yeltsin whose political career started right here in Yekaterinburg

Monument to Boris Yeltsin whose political career started right here in Yekaterinburg
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Hip bars...

Hip bars...
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...and restaurants

...and restaurants
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Sunset over the Ural mountain

Sunset over the Ural mountain