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Murmansk Oblast Visit: 1991-7
2007-10-14 - I arrived in Murmansk by ferry from Kirkenes in Norway. The trip took almost twice as long as scheduled because of the high seas. Just as we entered the Murmansk-fjord, a submarine left the sheltered waters to go to sea. We passed several other Soviet navy ships, including an aircraftcarrier, during the voyage through the fjord.

At the terminal, a wooden shack in the cargo area, the passengers were loaded in two busses and taken to a hotel in the center of the city for lunch. After lunch we got a guided tour of the shopping area (the souvenirshop and the liquorstore only accepted hard currency) and were given an hour to walk around on our own. The English speaking guide ("call me Bob") invited me and a few Americans to his nearby apartment for a drink and a chat, which we gladly accepted. Murmansk wasn't exactely a bustling city and the guided tour showed us most. The afternoon ended with a bustour through the city, including a half hour stop at the Alyosha statue, from where you have a magnificent view over the city and the fjord.

The return trip went much smoother. The ferry arrived in Kirkenes short before midnight.

This trip took place during my Scandinavia-by-car tour. Although I usually never plan anything when travelling by car, I had to book this trip several weeks ahead. But back than I considered Murmansk and the moon at the same level as a travel destination.




Sardinia Visit: 2007-9
2007-10-13 - I immediately liked Sardinia when I arrived there by ferry from Corsica and drove out of the village of Santa Teresa di Gallura. Magnificent sceneries, nice (old) villages and great coastal roads. In four days I visited every corner of the island by car. Started in Santa Teresa in the north, than drove to Alghero in the north-west, crossed the island diagonally to Villasimius in the south-east and than via Calasetta in the south-west to Cagliari, where the ferry to Sicily left at 7 PM.
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