This is a good time to recap the first two-thirds of my 80 days around the world, since I am about to leave Germany to fly back to the US. In the past two months, I have traveled on the Trans-Mongolian Express (TME) from Beijing to Moscow, visited the Russian capital and St. Petersburg, and several cities in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.
The next segment will be a stay in New York City and a short trip by car to see the Fall Foliage. The final leg will be the counterpart to the TME: a cross-country trip via Amtrak to Philadelphia, Chicago, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and finally back home to San Francisco.
Join me in the next few weeks as I compare cross-country trips between the U.S. and Russia!! I also look forward to seeing old friends and family.
Below is a glimpse of each stop. You can find the posts by searching the city or in the archives for July-September 2015.
Beijing: Best Hotel Experience in a traditional Chinese Hutong (Courtyard) Hotel
Entry to Courtyard 7
Vestibule to Room
The Trans-Siberian (Mongolian) Express:
The Trans-Mongolian Express travels from Beijing to Moscow and is part of the Trans-Siberian Express. It connects to the Trans-Siberian Express in Ulan Bator and picks up the route that begins in Vladivostok.
Mongolia and Ulan Bator:
1a. Yurts in Mongolila
Yurts in Mongolia
Moscow and St. Petersburg:
St Basil’s in Red Square
Interior skylight of the Metropole Hotel-Art Nouveau vintage similar to the Sheraton in SF
Park next to Kremllin
View of Red Square from Kitay
View of Moscow Skyline
Plaza in front of Hermitage
Inside, a Russian Harrods
View of Ground Floor
Top of Dome
View from Street
Gendarmerie Area in Berlin
Salzburger Festival Performances:
Werther Curtain Call
Anne Sophie Mutter Curtain Call
Dirndls and Lederhosens Alive and Well…
I think mine’s at the end….
Vienna and Linz, Austria
National Library Collection
Interior of National Library
Area around St. Stephen’s
First Arrival View of St. Florian
Christians found on site
Ceiling for the Bored
St. Florian Library
Typical Swiss Scene
Cecilia Bartoli in Gstaad
Basel Art Museum
Golf Course View
For Schwabisch Hall, see recent posts.
And a few earlier posts organized by my favorite topics:
The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow
Courtyard 7, Beijing
The Admiralty, St. Petersburg
Schonnbrunn Palace, Vienna
Beautifully honed Stonework, Salzburg
National Library, Vienna
Two-level Farmhouse, Hohenlohe
Voila! Our gift from attendants
Piggie Bread in Moscow
Wiener Schnitzel, Wien
Swiss Cheese, Salad, and Potato for Raclette
My favorite Mother and Child
Legs on steroids
Bauhaus influenced or inspired?
Madonna and Child, Cranach the Elder
Portrait of a Woman, Coreggio,
Benois Madonna, Leonardo da Vinci
Picasso, Three Women 1908
Early Stone Carving
Photos may be repeated from earlier posts.
3 thoughts on “Day 58: Pause to Refresh”
Hi Vickie – will you be in NYC during the Pope’s visit. It is fascinating to watch the macro events happening in the background of your world trip and how it impacts locals at the micro level. You were in Austria during the huge refugee crisis, now in NYC during the Pope’s visit. Cannot wait to hear your insights. Have a safe and smooth trip ..
Yes he will be here tomorrow. We notice the police security increasing and my opera date on Friday has been delayed by 1/2 hour. There will definitely be traffic re routing in Midtown and around St. Patrick’s Cathedral where he will be speaking.
Here’s a follow-up to the Refugee Crisis in Austria on Deutsche Welle: