Great visit to St Petersburg, Moscow and Miass. It was a special occasion being the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2. So.. big parade into Red Square and lots of festivities.

Very interesting in terms of the Soviet symbols and slogans contrasting with modern Russia.

Hospitality was exceptional – everyone welcoming and friendly. 

Practically everyone wanted to know ‘what do people in your country think about Russia? Do they think we are aggressive’? My response was I don’t read the news so I wouldn’t know why anyone would think that.

So many museums and art galleries I couldn’t make it to, it will definitly be on the return to list soon.