Extra time in Russia: by train to three World Cup cities

In the shadow of Nizhny Novgorod’s hilltop kremlin, high above the Volga River in central Russia, stands a huge statue of test pilot Valery Chkalov, named one of Stalin’s “falcons” for his aviation achievements.The huge monument has been popular with tourists ever since it was unveiled in 1940, but this year it has been eclipsed. […]

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