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Oct 9, 2014 - Moscow Day 3

Today Thursday Oct 9th was what is called a free day. That is, we got the tour bus downtown and were then free to wander as we wished and take the bus back at a predetermined time. First we went to see the house of Maxim Gorky the Russian author. Second a Russian Orthodox synagogue which was very different and interesting. Then off to the Four Seasons Hotel which is under renovation and closed. But, underneath is a 3 level arcade with the usual high priced stores. There we had a light lunch in Starbucks. Then a quick visit to the State...

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Oct 8, 2014 - Moscow Day 2

Today we had a tour of the Kremlin Armoury. Rather than take pictures we bought a souvenir book. Reading our guide for the day I noted that Moscow city traffic is officially ranked the worst in the world. Having observed it now for two days I would concur! Have loaded a few pictures from our day.

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Oct 7, 2014 - Moscow day 1

Continued cruising on the Moscow canal arriving in Moscow around 1pm. We then did a tour of the city of Moscow by bus. Covered many different historical sites. Traffic in Moscow is very heavy indeed. Most of the cars were imports, primarily from Europe but a few from the USA. Texting while driving seems to be an obsession! Also lane discipline was not there. If an ambulance came up with bells and sirens no-one moved out of the way. However, Moscow is certainly different from where we have been up to now. Spotlessly clean and the buildings...

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May 14, 2014 - Moscow - the Kremlin

Moscow - May 14 Once again, we tried to get into the Kremlin. We were very close but it still took quite a bit of detective work to get in the gate. First we went to where people appeared to be going in and we had to backtrack and go elsewhere to buy tickets. Then we to check our daypacks at a hole in the wall in the Alexandrovsky Gardens. Finally, we were permitted to enter via the ceremonial gate. [Coming out of the Kremlin, you cannot normally go directly down to where the checked bags are. You have to go a very long way. A guard, seeing...

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May 13, 2014 - Moscow - bus, boat, Puskin State Museum

Moscow - May 13 We headed off earlier is morning but we still did not get to the Kremlin, our number one priority. But it really was not our fault. We did get a bit side-tracked by St. Basil's Cathedral, which Grammar had to draw and Ruth and Andrew had to explore. We reached the Kremlin gates at noon, only to be told it had just been closed until 4 pm - no explanation but obviously someone more important than us was going there. Just then it started to rain, so we hopped on another bus and then onto the boat, which toured the Moscow river...

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May 12, 2014 - Moscow-May 12- our introduction

Moscow - May 12 Today we started with a huge breakfast that ranged in options from fresh fruit to yoghurt, various breads, croissants, pickled herring, tortilla wrapped omelette, blini, waffles, stewed fruit, hot cereals, made-to-order omelette, sliced meat, cheeses, salads, tea and coffee. We took ziplock bags and made ourselves lunches. Our hotel, the Cosmos, is about a 40 minute ride in the Metro (sometimes more than one train) from central Moscow. Route-finding on the Metro is challenging because the signs are all in cyrillic writing....

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May 11, 2014 - May 10 - 11 Toronto to Moscow

May 10 - 11 Toronto to Moscow We did it! Grammar and I arrived safely in Moscow. Who would have thunk we could do it? We almost did not make it. Our flight leaving Toronto for Frankfurt left one hour late. And we had an 80 minute connection in Frankfurt, we really did not expect to get there in time. We were sitting beside a young Russian woman who lives in Seattle and she moaned all the way across the Atlantic about missing the connection. Fortunately, our northern experience, in rarely traveling without some hiccup, stood us in good...

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Oct 21, 2013 - Days 64 & 65 - Moscow (Russia)

Late on Saturday 19th October, I left the best hostel so far and headed off to catch the 23.00 sleeper train from St. Petersburg to Moscow. I forgot to mention was that I managed to book this ticket on the Russian trains web-site and it was remarkably cheap; RUB1,600 (about £32) for the 8 hour sleeper. I was worried that I had managed to book a seat or even the wrong train but my fears were allayed when I boarded the train and found my bed in the kupé. The other occupants of my kupé were an elderly Russian lady and a young Russian bloke,...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Moscow by day and night

So the ladies got ripped off staying for dinner at the hotel exxy restaurant. it seems that they paid as much for their wine as food. one had a vodka and orange and was horrified that she had to pay separately for both. people need to stop whingeing about the prices, if you cant afford it, or dont want to pay for it, dont bloody well buy it. i forgot to say, meat and fish are priced on the menu by 100g lots. so you have to be careful about that. that is a little tricky, but it is marked, so you can see it, its not a secret. The...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Moscow, Moscow

What a huge day. I started my day at 4.45 as I've been struggling to sleep. I had awoken at 2.30 same as usual but at least I fell back to sleep for a bit longer. I tried to drift off again but it was a waste of time, particularly because my curtains don't close and the street noise and traffic were coming through. So I got up, did my washing, wasted heaps of time trying to work out how to make the water come out of the bath tap instead of the handheld shower (still don't know- others have tried to explain it to me but I seem to be unable...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Afternoon at leisure

An early start.. Neither Kevin nor I slept well both worrying about similar things...sleeping in, what needed doing etc. We needed to meet for brekky at 6.30. Out of the hotel by 7.30 to be at the airport by 7.30. I woke at 2.30 when I received an SMS from my friend Lynne asking me if I was due to start my holiday. So... No more sleep for me... Tossed and turned, up at 4.45 to start getting ready. Met D&K on time and up to brekky where I was kind of repulsed by a young woman who was taking extraordinarily huge things into her mouth like an...

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Sep 3, 2013 - The sheer opulence of beautiful St Petersburg

Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, must surely have been a great man to leave a legacy of such opulent Russian Royal Palaces. St Petersburg is surely a beautiful and very European city, the incredibly decorative cathedrals, canals, town squares, magnificent architecture, museums, wide streets and interesting shopping arcades, gardens and parkland. We have enjoyed St Petersburg and in fact Russia in general has been fascinating although not wildly exciting. Quite different to expectations and a great country to spend time in as it is so...

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