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Jul 31, 2017 - 31st July - Full day in Suzdal

Today we explored the Suzdal Architectural Museum. This is a collection of wooden buildings from centuries ago. They all come from this area and have been moved to this one location. It was very interesting. Then we followed the tourist “recommended motion path”. This led us all over town, and both sides of the river. This is the view of the river from one of the footbridges we crossed today. To all four of the town’s monasteries. We climbed up a bell tower in one of the monasteries. Fabulous views of the town from the top. On the...

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Jul 30, 2017 - First day in Suzdal

We arrived in Suzdal at 7am. We could not check into our hotel room until 2pm. So we set out to explore the town. What an amazing place. Churches everywhere. Why can't we have park benches like this in Australia? Old buildings everywhere. This is a typical building in town. Old - run down - a church. No people (maybe because it is 7am on a Sunday morning) No English (maybe because we are in Russia) We explored a monastery that was also a fort and a prison. We walked kilometres and kilometres. We had kvas and blini. We are here for...

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Jul 29, 2017 - 29th July - last full day on the train

We were picked up at 6.30am and were driven to the railway station. This is our first class cabin on the train Our train left at 7.17am. A day for watching the world (well Russia anyway) go by, and for reading. Only a couple of stops where we could get off the train today. Beautiful green countryside the whole way. Last night of sleeping on the train. We are travelling first class today, so no complaints at all. Living like a tzar!

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Jun 14, 2013 - Out of Moscow

Decided to rest your eyes from the gilded domes although I could well have given you more as today we headed out of Moscow about 70K NE to the town where the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and St Sergius is located. This monastery is the Larva - chief monastery and base of the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and is a complex of cathedrals and buildings. Many of the buildings are under restoration of the exterior but there was still plenty to see and wonder about. I previously sent through a photo of the Trinity icon and this is...

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Apr 13, 2007 - Moscow

Didn't join the rest of group yesterady as they were off to see sights I had already seen, so I had a little sleep in (9 o'clock) before seeing the final sights I wanted to see Peter and Pauls Fortress, which is St Petersburgs answer to the Kremlin. They are renovating it though so looked like a building sight, and they don't seem to be doing a very good job. I bought a couple of water colours to send home, but fell at the first hurdle at DHL who said I needed the Minister of Arts permission to send them, as they didn't have his phone...

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Sep 13, 2006 - Moscow Chicks

" There was a young man, in Russia long ago..." -Boney M, Rasputin Ok, so I'm not really a young man, but I'm not an old one either! Ever since we got to Moscow, I can't get that song out of my head. You know the one; it's from the late 80's, right in the middle of the disco era. It's the one that tells the story of Rasputin, the lover of the Russian Czarina, and how he was killed, etc. The thing is, Moscow is everything you'd expect it to be and more. It finds the historical context of the above song, but it also fulfills all of the...

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Aug 10, 2006 - The Kremlin

THIS is what you come to Moscow for! The red walls of the Kremlin dominate central Moscow, and Russia's history since the 1500's. Inside you expect to see sombre buildings with grim memories, haunted by the screams of the victims of Stalin's Terrors or the KGB. What you don't expect is gorgeous Russian Orthodox cathedrals and a bell. Kremlin simply means a walled fortress. there are kremlins in most of Russia's old cities, but this is THE kremlin. To think that 20 years ago a visit to the Kremlin probably meant no exit for the ordinary...

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Jun 25, 2006 - Moscow: Painting The Town Red

Almost 90 hours after leaving Irkutsk, we arrived in Moscow, desperate for a wash! We were in Business Class this time, which meant a 2-bed compartment with dated decor, with a TV and some crap pictures on the walls. It also meant two meals a day in the restaurant car, which we didn't find out until the second day after some communication between the Provodnista and a Yugolslavian with a Russian father who had lived in Oz for 57 years (Thanks, Gabriel!)! This all came about when one of the staff saw us buying bread and blinis from the...

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Oct 26, 2005 - Russia - Moscow

We arrive in moscow on the 26th after the first test of the Russian train system ( a mere 8 hours from St Petersburg to Moscow). Moscow doesn't impress us as much as St Petersburg. Again we experience the first snow of the season, but on top of that we are 'blessed' with many hours of rain, rain, rain. Still, we do see the Kremlin and also discover that Pret a Manger is on a mission to conquer the world. Ps Tanya thanks a lot for helping us navigate the metro and the Russian language lessons!

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Jul 27, 2005 - Last Day on the Train and My First Evening in Moscow

The last day on the train was a pretty quiet one. A lot of people got off at a stop that happened in the middle of the night (including older Sergiosa and little Iolia ), so the place was pretty calm. Also, there were only a couple of long stops and no little ones, so people weren't moving about as much. Younger Sergiosa and Pasha were back and forth between our room and Pasha's, so I played with them a little bit, but mostly I read up on Moscow. Now I have to admit, the one thing that has constantly been at the back of my...

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Jul 13, 2005 - Good Things

Again for your reading pleasure, a new Advocate column. GOOD THINGS I know my past few columns have been pretty critical of Russia and I haven't had a whole lot of good things to say about the state of things here. It is only natural to compare and contrast what you see with what you are used to, and to be critical of those things that are "different." Since next week will be my last column I would like to devote at least a few words to the good things that I've experienced here and feel are "better" than in the United States. The pace of...

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Gove Goes to Russia

Jul 3, 2005 - St. Petersburg III

My last day in St. Pete was pretty much dedicated to the Hermitage. My hostel roomates and I all decided to go in together. Thanks to our Azerbaijani friend we got in for half price. It's good to have Azerbaijani friends. The Hermitage is the second largest museum in the world, behind the Louvre in Paris, with almost three million items. The Hermitage is actually a montage of buildings as it has taken over nearby buildings over time. The original hermitage building was commissioned by Catherine the great in the mid-18th century to house...

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Gove Goes to Russia

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