Women who visit need to put on a headscarf. There are separate prayer rooms for men and women. This is the closest you can get to the spring coming out of the m...
Those who say it's better to stick to exterior photos are right and wrong. There isn't much to see inside, other than heaps of books. There isn't much in the wa...
The outside of this mosque doesn't begin to indicate the beauty that is inside. Stained glass windows, quiet, plush carpet. The second level is the women's area...
The old castle sits on a hill, offering amazing views of the entire area. The old walls are all that remain, but it's still worth a quick visit.
Pobeda Airlines is one of a million budget airlines in Russia. You're allowed a personal bag as carryon, nothing else. They're very careful about making sure yo...
A brutalist building. Big and boring and just screams: soviet. One of the few places in the city that really looks Soviet.
This museum is great. Lots of items on display, without being overwhelming. Plenty of photos to be taken. A video of photos of Konigsberg back in the day is wor...
These gates were part of several that once protected the city of Konigsberg. Now they're just how cars enter the city center.
This museum is free :)
I didn't get a tour of any kind, but that's okay because it seemed self explanatory. I loved the house of Soviets made of marzipan!
It is still called the fishing village, but isn't that at all in reality. The area has been developed for tourists and locals looking to be seen. Cafes and rest...
The vast majority of the dancing trees are in a small area, mostly behind fences. A few of them are really twisty, but most are just a little wavy.
Visiting this part of the oblast was my reason for renting a car. Nature in all her glory. Dunes, beach, forest. Rain and wind during my visit.
This is a walk up stairs, not a hike. Very cool to see the top of the tallest dune in Russia. Very windy and rainy while I was there, not so fun
I'm not sure of the impression one is supposed to have after seeing the way this soldier is sitting.
I really liked the interior of this church. Frescoes everywhere, a gold iconostasis up front. I didn't see anyone else visiting while I was there.
I love seeing memorial plaques like these all over russian cities. It surprised me to see this one, as it honours the French, who are frenemies of Russia.
I'm not sure anyone today would do what these men did back then. A horrible accident that was entirely preventable.
There are two Lenin monuments in Chernyakhovsk, not too far from each other. Typical Lenin monuments, both of them with his name.
This is one of two locomotives on display off to one side of the train station. I'd love to be able to go inside.
This guy stands not too far from the train station. He is in front of a block of apartments, not very unusual and not interesting in terms of sights.