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Russia, May 2018

Yekaterinburg, Urals, central Russia

Friday, 4th May 2018

A large metal flower. An artwork near a monument at the dividing line between Europe and Asia, some 17 km west of Yekaterinburg. It stands next to a motorway with a pine forest in view on the far side.A large metal flower. An artwork near a monument at the dividing line between Europe and Asia, some 17 km west of Yekaterinburg. It stands next to a motorway with a pine forest in view on the far side.

At the dividing line monument. Tony and Tatiana holding hands while standing on opposite sides of the dividing line. Tony on the left in Asia and Tatiana on the right in Europe.At the dividing line monument. Tony and Tatiana holding hands while standing on opposite sides of the dividing line. Tony on the left in Asia and Tatiana on the right in Europe.

Again at the dividing line monument. Tony standing across the line - half in Europe and half in Asia.Again at the dividing line monument. Tony standing across the line – half in Europe and half in Asia.

Tony and Tatiana outside the Church on Blood in the centre of Yekaterinburg.Tony and Tatiana outside the Church on Blood in the centre of Yekaterinburg. This Russian Orthodox church stands on the site of Ipatiev House where Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, and his family were shot by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The church’s full name is the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land.

Tony and Tatiana outside an entrance to the church. The church is painted white with gold domes on the roof. Construction of the church began in 2000 and it was consecrated in 2003.Tony and Tatiana outside an entrance to the church. The church is painted white with gold domes on the roof. Construction of the church began in 2000 and it was consecrated in 2003.

View of central Yekaterinburg from outside the Church on Blood. Tatiana and Tony in the foreground.View of central Yekaterinburg from outside the Church on Blood. Tatiana and Tony in the foreground.

A giant computer keyboard made out of concrete blocks on a grassy embankment by the Iset River. This sculpture was constructed by artist Anatoly Vyatkin in 2005. It has 104 keys with the regular ones weighing 180 pounds each, while the space bar weighs 1,000 pounds.A giant computer keyboard made out of concrete blocks on a grassy embankment by the Iset River. This sculpture was constructed by artist Anatoly Vyatkin in 2005. It has 104 keys with the regular ones weighing 180 pounds each, while the space bar weighs 1,000 pounds.