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As those who follow me on social media know, but others may not, I have been in Russia this month, participating in a Romanov history tour July 2-14 and then staying in Ekaterinburg for the centennial of the murder of the Romanovs. I was one of the approximately 100,000 pilgrims who walked from the Church on the Blood to Ganina Yama monastery (where the remains were initially left). It was a deeply moving and unforgettable experience.

I hope to return to the USA today but so far my flight from Heathrow is delayed.
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That's really impressive, Theodore. I hope you are going to write all about your experiences, with lots of photos. I also hope you are in the air as I write this, and have a safe and comfortable flight home.
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I have been following Theodore's trip on Facebook, and he has some incredible pictures of Saint Petersburg and it's palaces and churches.  He was in good company in Ekaterineburg as he was joined by Patriarch Kirill and Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Grand Duke George in paying tribute to the Passion-Bearing Imperial Saints, Nicolas II, Alexandra Feodorovan, Olga Nicolaevna, Tatiana Nicolaevna,Maria Nicolaevna, Anastasia Nicolaevna, and Alexei Nicolaevich, and their loyal servants who died with them.
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Alas, my flight has been cancelled, so I am still at Heathrow. This is the first time in my life I have not been happy to be in the UK!

As sad as the occasion was, everything went well on this trip until it was time to go home.
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I feared you might be, as I saw that the reason for delays was a fire alarm going off in a control tower. Turned out to be a false alarm but of course the tower had to be evacuated and operations suspended. And Heathrow is so busy that any interruption is going to have knock-on effects that will take hours if not days to sort out. All I can hope is that you will be on your way sometime reasonably soon, and at least you have accumulated some great memories to go with this present inconvenience.
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I finally returned to Dallas on Friday. I don't know when I'll get around to condensing my social media posts into a single blog entry, as I hope to, but in the meantime, my Instagram is Public so you should be able to look at my photos there even if you're not on Instagram. I generally put only what I consider to be the "highlights" on Instagram.

 

https://www.instagram.com/royalcello/

 

 

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I am highly moved and impressed by the commemorations. I will, however, only be impressed when Russia restores its monarchy and can atone morally for the sin of imposing Communism on half of Europe and spreading it throughout the world.
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Some really beautiful photographs there, thanks. Not all from Russia, of course, I recognised Mexico, Britain and Bavaria among other locations. Still all good photos, but the Russia trip really must have given you memories for a lifetime. I look forward very much to your blog account whenever it is ready.
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