It was cold morning in Kazan but we spent it visiting the Kazan Kremlin and wandering around the city. The Kremlin dates back to the 16th century and is open to the public at no charge.
We have been very impressed with Kazan. It is a very modern city that is clean and well maintained. By far the nicest Russian city that we have visited so far.
After a morning of sightseeing, it was back to the hotel to do some vehicle maintenance. In freezing temperatures and with hail falling, I was laying on the ground underneath the Defender, greasing prop shaft universal joints and adjusting the fan-belt. My fingers were freezing but we got the maintenance done.
We’ve now warmed up in the hotel, had lunch and are ready to tackle something else for the afternoon. Tomorrow we depart Kazan and begin the journey to Perm. As it is over 600km away, we’ll probably break the distance over two days. We had planned to rough camp along the route but the cold weather is causing us to look for an alternative option.