Thursday, June 14, 2018

Around the USSR in 14 Days

In 1975 I got an offer I couldn't refuse .... a TWO-WEEK all paid-for voyage around the Soviet Union (now Russia). 

I and 15 other college graduates packed our suitcases and flew, literally, to Moscow with the Russian airline Aeroflot.

We stayed in Moscow several days, at the Ukraina Hotel, visited all the museums in the city, went to the Bolshoi Ballet. toured the city  and  in general, had a ball.  Then we were taken by train to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). We  visited the palace of Peter the Great, Catherine's Palace, the fabulous Hermitage Museum, the Neva River and the  famous Avrora ship.  

After a few days we again took the train, this time to Kiev, in the Ukraine, and then on to Sochi, the popular summer resort city of Russian leaders.  That's where they had (have) their dachas, summer houses. 

Here are some pictures from this memorable trip:

The Hermitage Museum in Leningrad

On the  AVRORA ship, which is now a museum. This ship survived the Russian-Japanese War. 

The Moskva River. Moscow. 

On the train from Kiev (Ukraine) to Sochi, on the Black Sea. 

The Neva River in Leningrad. 

The Palace of Tsar Peter the Great of Russia. 

The Winter Palace of Tsar Peter the Great. 


  1. Francesca, Definitely the trip of a lifetime! You were fortunate to get that 2 week all expenses paid trip, that's for sure! Memories... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. What a lovely walk down memory lane! I've never been to Russia, but my granddad was a big "fan" of the country and travelled there a few times by river cruise ships. The photos my grandparents brought back were also taken in the 1970s. Your outfits were stylish then as they are now!