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Vladivostok Railway Station kilometer marker 9288


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Vladivostok Railway Station, just a few hundred metres from our hotel, in kilometre mark 9288 on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow Railway Station being kilometre 0 and St Petersburg kilometre -680 (go figure, the poor people that live there are behind at the start!).

After the obligatory security screening and baggage x-ray, John, Oleg, David and I started wandering around inside the station taking photos and videos, some of which you see below, only to be approached and politely reprimanded by a young man who informed us that we required a guide if we were not in the station to actually catch a train. Of course there is a cost to the guide - 200 rubles each (about $5).

We were escorted back upstairs where we were handed very official looking passes to hand around our neck and the same young man instantly became our guide :-)

I was well worth the money. he pointed out a lot of things we would certainly have missed or at the very least not understood the significance of.

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Vladivostok Railway Station

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David admiring the architecture

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Our guide pointing out the painted ceiling mural, with one side depicting Moscow and the other Vladivostok with associated dignitaries and VIPs from early 20th century Russia.

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Vladivostok at the bottom, Moscow at top

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Moscow bottom, Vladivostok top.

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Apparently this says Ho Chi Minh visited the station on three occasions, 1924, 1927 and 1934.

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We are really lucky to have David with us on the trip, he has figured out which way we need to go!

Posted by stevecrownz 06:03 Archived in Russia Tagged buildings people trains crow russia vladivostok versys carr as_the_crow_flies

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