- June 10, 2013
- 5 comments
- Posted by EdGraham
- Asia Travel, Destinations, Estonia, Europe Travel, Photography, Russia, Russia, Trans Siberian Railroad
Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway
Instagram is home to many, many photographers whose work really shines and I’ve been a fan ever since I spent the time to really give it a chance. Unlike most travel/photography bloggers, I rarely use it myself. I tend to either shoot with my DSLR or enjoy the travel experience without worrying about taking even more pictures. Still, every now and then I make the conscious effort to bust out my cell phone and snap a few shots. Besides Instagram, I also use a very good app called Retro Camera which simulates different kinds of old school film cameras. Nothing quite replaces the fun and nostalgia of actually shooting film, but Retro Camera still yields surprisingly good results and the app is completely free to download.
Between Instagram and Retro Camera, here’s what I came up with this winter on the Trans Siberian Railway:
Our first stop was Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn will be a repeat trip for me – I loved the quaint beauty of the old town area.
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg was fantastic. The locals are far friendlier than Moscow, and the city is jam packed with beautiful architecture, sights, and culture.
Tyumen, Siberian Russia
Tyumen is a bit of a strange place. The churches and architecture are as beautiful as any Siberian city, but there are few “must sees” and I was left wondering why the city exists at all, given it’s remote location and horrendously cold climate.
Tomsk, Siberian Russia
Tomsk is a small college town with a lot to offer. The public transportation is the best I’ve ever seen in any city, ever. Public buses continually fly by within seconds of each other so Siberian locals never have to stand out in the cold for very long.
Enroute to Lake Baikal
Time passes surprisingly quickly on the train. The view, the other passengers, and of course the food and drink all help.
Lake Baikal, Siberian Russia
It’s hard to describe the beauty of Lake Baikal in wintertime. If you’re a spicy food lover like I am, perhaps the best comparison is that of extremely spicy food. The burn is painful, but rewarding and delicious at the same time. Baikal’s weather, wind, and ice make you work to appreciate the beauty, but those who can put aside the painful cold of being there will give themselves the chance to appreciate Baikal’s stunning scenery and quiet serenity.
Khabarovsk is either well inside Siberia or it’s just outside Siberia’s eastern boarder depending on which map you’re looking at. Siberia’s boarders are ill defined, but nevertheless Khabarovsk is one of the coldest inhabited places on Earth.
Vladivostok is an industrial city with a view. It’s been compared to San Francisco and in many ways that’s a fair comparison. Both cities are situated on hilly terrain, and both places are home to terribly cold coastal weather. Surprisingly, Vladivostok is also nearly as cosmopolitan as San Francisco with plenty of restaurants, culture, and sights on offer.
Here’s where I should probably ask you to follow me on Instagram, but to be honest I hardly ever post anything (these shots aside) and I’m not particularly worth following! But hey, if you really want to, have at it: Instagram