We're about to leave Yekaterinburg for a 30-hour train journey to Moscow. Even though there are interesting places in between such as Kazan, Perm, and Vladimir, we've decided to go straight there in order to give us enough time to enjoy Moscow and St Petersburg. I was also getting a bit tired of traveling one night on a train then seeing a city for only one day and then getting back on the train - it'll be nice to spend a few days in one place.
Yekaterinburg was where the Romanovs were executed by the Bolsheviks after the revolution in 1917. We visited the church that now stands on the site of the house where they were killed. Since the fall of communism, the family have been made saints by the Russian orthodox church and there were plenty of postcards and mementos of them being sold there.
The city is also regarded as being on the border between Europe and Asia, lying as it does along the Ural mountains. So I have now officially ended my journey through Asia and am beginning my trip through Europe. Although I haven't planned much at this stage, my tentative aim is to travel from St Petersburg to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (where the visas are easier to come by than in Belarus and the Ukraine) and from there to Poland. Once I hit the EU I no longer need to worry about visas because I'm the lucky owner of a UK passport.
Romanov death site
Incomprehensible blurb about the Europe - Asia border