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Russia: Out and About in Yekaterinburg

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Since our event in Yekaterinburg was still in the evening, we had some free time to go around the city on Day 02.

As we already did a quick tour the day before, we had no itinerary that day and decided to just walk around.  We stayed at Novotel, which was really convenient because it’s just walking distance from the bank, the mall, and Yekaterinburg’s attractions.

This is our view of Vysotsky Skyscraper from our room.  Vysotsky is the tallest building in Russia outside of Moscow.  Technically, it is not the tallest structure in Yekaterinburg as an unfinished TV tower that I shared on my previous post holds this distinction.

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After changing some USD into rubble, we decided to look for a mall because my colleague, Olga, needed stockings.  Thankfully, she’s Russian so I needn’t worry about asking for directions and just had to follow her lead.

We passed by the unfinished TV tower that I mentioned earlier on our way to the mall.

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The weather was dreary, so the skyline looked bleak.  And boy, was it cold, but not too cold, so it was okay (it’s actually a nice experience for me as I have always lived in a tropical country where it’s always hot).

We also passed by this river, which I think is the same river that flows into the Weir.

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As I was working on this post, I noticed that if only we went straight ahead, I would have been directed to the same locations we visited a day prior. I can tell by the river and the dome-shaped architecture; by the way, the dome-shaped building is Yekaterinburg Circus, one of the city’s landmarks (the unfinished TV tower is beside it and both are visible from the main photo from this post).

Walking around Yekaterinburg was actually relaxing because of the cold weather.  That, and because of views like the river and these colorful trees.

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I don’t know what this building is, but Olga said it’s some sort of government building.

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This is just another random shot taken while waiting for the stoplight to turn green.

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In a way, Yekaterinburg reminded me of our province.  It’s obviously still not as urbanized as Moscow or St. Petersburg. And yes, my hometown also has some electrical wires that are evident in the above photo.

Aaand finally, we reached our destination, which was Yekaterinburg Greenwich Mall.  It’s right at the city center and at its entrance was this sculpture.

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Inside the mall were other statues like the ones below, though I was more interested in its ceiling of gifts.

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After Olga bought her stockings (I couldn’t believe I forgot my hair ties so I had to buy a pack at almost USD 5!), we had lunch.

We ate at the mall’s food court where we got to pick among their already prepared food.  I really had no idea about what I was putting on my tray, but I did my best to choose what seemed familiar to me: some sort of chicken pie, lasagna, salad, and of course, dessert.

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Thankfully, my meal was really good, especially the chicken pie and the dessert.  Russia’s sweets actually became my favorite during this trip.

On our way back, we passed by the same route and these were just some of my views.

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I also got to see these old wooden houses. Too bad the views were ruined by the many electrical wires.

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Come Day 03, we had an early flight to St. Petersburg so we didn’t get to see more of Yekaterinburg, but I did get to take photos from my bus’ window seat.

The clouds were looking so defined that day.

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And I don’t know what these trees are, but they sure looked pretty.

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A typical view at the still rustic Yekaterinburg.

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And lastly, one of my favorites from this set:

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Russia: A Glimpse of Yekaterinburg

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Yekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth largest city.  While also known as Ekaterinburg, I opted to use Yekaterinburg after finding out that it’s named after Yekaterina, the wife of Tsar Peter the Great.

This is my first view of this still quiet city, which I took from the window seat of the plane.

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For someone who grew up and lived all her life in a tropical country, it was almost magical to finally see an unraveling autumn season.

We were in Yekaterinburg for a business trip and had limited time to tour the city, so I only had glimpses of what the city has to offer.

Cathedral on the Blood
The Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land is an Orthodox Church built to commemorate the Romanov sainthood.

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As mentioned in my teaser post about Russia, beneath its beautiful architecture is a heartbreaking story because it was built on the site where Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia and his family were murdered.

We were pressed for time so I was not able to see the church from the inside.  We only had our photos taken from the front steps.

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I don’t know what this is called, but it’s near the Cathedral (Google Images isn’t of help since most churches in Russia look the same, so I cannot pinpoint this exactly).

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Sevastyanov’s House
According to this blog, this is the most beautiful house in Yekaterinburg.    Nikolay Sevastyanov was a successful businessman who made a fortune during the Gold Rush in Yekateriburg at the beginning of the 18th century.

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Monument Tatischev an de Gennin
Vasil NikitichTatishchev and Vilim Ivanovich de Gennin are the founding fathers of Yekaterinburg.  This monument, which is made of brass is just beside Sevastyanov’s House.

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Because of its steps, it has become a popular skateboarding area for kids in the neighborhood.

Weir on River Iset
Yekaterinburg lies on the river Iset and this weir (a low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow) is located at the heart of the city.

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Did you notice the tall structure in the photo?  It was once the tallest building in Yekaterinburg.  This blog even described it as the tallest abandoned structure in the world.  It was originally intended to reach 440 meters, but when the USSR collapsed, they had to stop its construction.

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The Weir on River Iset is perhaps Yeketerinburg’s most popular attraction.  It’s also a favorite hangout for locals.

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Near these benches is a garden art of a bear.  It was so cute we couldn’t resist a photo-op.

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There was some sort of Love Bridge at the end of the river, with love padlocks from lovers who have declared their love there.  Our Russian staff mentioned that it’s common in Russia and so she’s planning to bring her Filipino husband to her native Khabarovsk so they could do the same.

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Vodonapornaya BashnyaNa Plotinke Museum
I didn’t know that this is a museum until I did a Google search of what this could be.  Unfortunately, all are in Russian, so I have no idea what’s here.

I’m pleased though to have captured this couple as I passed by the museum because they lent a romantic vibe to the photo.

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Chapel of St. Catherine
This was named after the Great Martyr St. Catherine, the patroness of the mining art and Yekaterinburg City.

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For more information about this quaint church, visit this site.

Yekaterinburg City Hall
This 5-storey building’s facade is made of granite and stucco.

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Here’s a close up shot.

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Lenin Statue
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, more known for his alias, Lenin was a communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.  His statue in Yekaterinburg is across the city hall.

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We toured Yekaterinburg only for a couple of hours, so I wasn’t able to see much of the city.  Nevertheless, I will always remember its lovely buildings and still mostly rustic scenes despite its being a city.

Here’s my favorite because again, I was so amazed with my fall/autumn experience while in Russia.

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Teaser Post about my Trip to Russia

Hello, and sorry for the long hiatus.  The past month was my busiest this year.  September is my birth month and usually, I reward myself with a trip or a visit at home, but I decided to do away with this in 2014 as I was saving up to renovate our kitchen.  Still, an unexpected blessing came in the form of a business trip to Russia, which got me so busy.

Russia is sooo beautiful!  Here’s my favorite photo from this set.

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I don’t know the exact place where this was taken.  All I know is that it’s on the bridge after Moscow’s Red Square.  Funny, map-challenged me actually got lost and when I saw the skyline getting pinkish, I decided to just keep walking to its direction until I could find a spot where I could watch the sunset.

Aside from Moscow, we also visited Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city.

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Here’s a photo of me in Yekaterinburg’s Church of the Blood, which was built on the spot where the last Emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his family, were executed.  He and his family members are now saints.

During this trip, I was also able to tick one item off my wish list.

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Isn’t St. Petersburg’s Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood magnificent?  It’s my dream to see this after seeing it in a magazine.

This Church was dedicated in the memory of Tsar Alexander II as it was built on the site where he was assassinated.

Honestly, It was morbid to  know the story behind Russia’s stunning churches.  How can these architectural wonders be built under such horrifying circumstances?

I would have loved to post more and continuously, but I couldn’t as I have scheduled trips to Gigantes Island and Vietnam and Cambodia this month.  Those, and tons of workload to catch up to.

Till next!