Goodbye Russia. Hello Helsinki

St Petersburg’s setting on the wide Neva River along with the pretty Griboedov Canal easily lends itself to being compared with cities like Paris or Venice.  But that would be inaccurate because this city very much has her own identity and is unmistakably Russian. The first time I visited in 2007 I had come from …

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Vladivostok and the start of a Russian adventure

When the Iron Curtain came down the world changed as did the course of history.  It was a momentous event that I witnessed on television as a teenager along with millions around the world.   Like many of my generation and the previous one, the threat of nuclear war had always hung over us and for …

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