We were driven the seventy kilometres back to Irkutsk from Lystvyanka for a tour of the centre. This city on the Angara river is famous because the Decembrists who revolted against Tsar Nicholas l in 1825 were exiled there.
First impressions of our spagny vagon or first class carriage were good.
Now we were travelling further into Siberia on the way to lake Baikal, the worlds deepest lake.
Eight hundred and eighty nine miles from Moscow Yekaterinburg is in the Urals on the border of Europe and Asia.
A journey on the Trans Siberian Express is a once in a life time adventure.
It has to be, doing it once is crazy but you would have to be completely nuts to even contemplate doing it twice.