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And now - we are in Russia! To be exact - on the southern tip of Sakhalin Island, located as close to Japan as it is to the Russian mainland. We anchored in the bay and tendered to shore.
The island is remote and sparsely populated, but our motor coaches were comfortable and our guide's English was very good.
The land has been contested between Russia and Japan but little of the Japanese influence is left to be seen. This is a beautiful little Russian Orthodox church.
Once a Russian penal colony, today Sakhalin welcomes tourists.
We have traveled to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital city. We enjoyed a light lunch at one of the two 5 star hotels. Borscht, of course.
We've been having high winds at sea and snow on land, as you can tell, looking through our bus window.
The Sakhalin Regional Museum is in a Japanese building from 1937.
An outdoor exhibit - Russians seem to love tanks.
Researchers have assembled thousands of objects based on natural history, Archeology, and the history of the land and its people. Museum staff kept close watch on us - just doing their jobs.
Male and female deer both have antlers. Our guide claimed that only happens here. I think I need to look that up!
Crystal's little comfort spot on the tender dock.