Czech Republic and Russia
[Pardon the incomplete report but we only had time for a few pictures without a lot of text - more to come later, hopefully ...]
The apartment block in Prague where I grew up
Standing under the balcony of our old apartment, next to our apple tree
Having good Czech food and beer with dad and my buddy Rene
Yes, I'm crazy enough to fly with Aeroflop
A sign of growing prosperity in Moscow - traffic jams
The Red Square at dusk
Time to catch up on the news
The screensaver on the laptop is showing Vegas pictures
Every serious bookstore must have a good selection of portraits of the leader
In front of the former KBG prison, the plaque celebrates comrade Andropov
Apparently they sell quite a few Bentley's in Moscow
A monument to one of the guys responsible
Enjoying a hookah in a restaurant in Gorky Park
Can't escape these guys anywhere on the planet
The poster says: "There is such a profession / defend the motherland"
The number of cars accompanied by 'protection' you see on Moscow streets is staggering
Bad timing: the Bolshoi is under reconstruction
Need some relief?
One of the 'seven sisters' (i.e. Stalinist monstrosities)
Most of the Red Square is blocked off when Lenin's tomb is open for business
Standing in line to see the corpse
Paying respects at the monument to victims of WWII
You encounter communist sympathisers everywhere
Lenin must be spinning - a 'shopping marathon' across the square from his tomb
A communist demonstration in front of the mausoleum
The quintessential picture from Moscow
The spot near the Red Square where I was robbed by a fake KGB officer and his accomplices
Lenin surely would love this billboard right next to the Kremlin
Cruisers are popular everywhere
When in my teens I received an offer to study here ...
... the mind boggles!
The famous Moscow subway ...
... with each escalator under the watchful eye of the babushka.
Moscow in a nutshell: Lenin with the interior ministry in the background
If you're non-white, you will be hassled by the police
"Under the banner of Marxism-Leninism, under the leadership of the communist party - forward, towards the victory of communism!"
It must be time to leave ...
What a relief to be back in the land of good beer (and a semblance of the rule of law)!