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Where the last Tsar was killed

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large_5550_11661309196222.jpgThe monument of the Komsomol pair striding forward, with the Ascension Church behind.
Ekaterinburg is another pretty Russian-Siberian city. Saw the site where the Tsar and family were killed ... their bodies are now in St Petersburg under fake marble plaques. Quite shocked at how tackily done when we visited there 3 years ago.

For our homestay here, we were driven up another muddy road but this time flankaed by very rundown Soviet-style apartments.

Our hearts sank even further as we walked through the heavy iron security door into a musty hallway ... then into a simple but delightful living room where we spent two nights on a small sofa bed in the company of a nice family.

Both husband and wife are engineers but they rent this apartment from the Government. Not the best existence for highly skilled people. Homestays supplement their income ... and they hit the jackpot when their elder daughter married one of the homestayers and is now happily married in Epsom, London!

The weather turned on us in Ekaterinburg [Ekaterinburg-travel-guide-1308289] and it has been scorching all the way since.


Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in Russia

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