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Apr 13, 2017 - Happy Cosmonautics Day Everybody.

Well, what a perfect day to visit the last item on our agenda - the Cosmonautics Museum a short way out of central Moscow. Today was in total contrast weatherwise with rain falling when we first woke up. Undaunted, we rugged up in our multi layers and made the necessar station changes on the metro to deliver us to this new museum. What a fantastic and symbolic day to do it as today marks the 56th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin making the first flight by man into space. Yuri is the wunderkind of Russia and quite a poster pinup. We had seen...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Last Big Day in Moscow

Cannot believe our time is coming close to an end in Russia. However, we have one last big push to get seen what needs to be seen! With rugged determination we are going to walk back down to the Kremlin and secure tickets for the Diamond Fund within the Kremlin. This collection is basically the Crown Jewels of the Tsars along with whatever else they could purloin. Vanessa ran ahead to hopefully secure tickets for us before the rush as they sell out pretty quickly for the day. Bit of a detour when we reached Alexander Gardens because of some...

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Apr 10, 2017 - Comrades Visit to the Kremlin

Determined to get going early this morning and be at Kremlin by 10 to purchase tickets for the Armoury at some stage during the day. All good, up and showered and dressed and had breakfast and arrived down at the Kremlin ticket office in good time to join the queue for the Armoury tour. Waited in line for almost an hour and were 1 spot from the cashier window when there appeared to be some delay. Vanessa stepped up to the window and asked for 3 tickets to a "nyet" from the lovely lady definitely wearing her grumpy undies for the day. She...

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Apr 9, 2017 - A Shopping Day and Night Wandering

Both girls extremely worn out after yesterday so they had a bit of a sleep in and slow start to the day. Just as well as it was a balmy -1C outside and much nicer tucked up in bed. Once we ventured outside we felt the full brunt of the cold despite having on thick tights or skins, woollen socks under our thick jeans and heavy boots. Top layer consisted of thermals, t-shirt, polar fleece then goose down jacket. Top half snug but bottom still chilled. Big problem is that it is bitter outside but everywhere inside is heated to the max and...

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Apr 8, 2017 - Moscow by Foot and Train and a Night at the Opera.

Our morning started a little later than usual as I only really woke around 8.30 am. Showered, dressed and out the door with vegemite toast in hand for breakfast and down from our 5th floor fortress apartment (double doors - a wooden apartment door then a steel outer door). Just walked out the door as the Uber driver turned up to deliver us to Slavyanskaya Ploshchad to join a walking tour of Moscow's centre. Ate the remainder of our brekkie as we waited - a yoghurt, granola and fruit tub. Enough to keep us going till the end of the tour....

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Mar 21, 2017 - Cultural Moscow

It was so much quieter at breakfast as the Chinese Tour Group has departed. More business people now of varying nationalities, but using English as the standard language! Farewell to the Novotel. It has been fun getting the Security Staff to smile and say hello! Today, we go off to the Tretyakov Gallery to see the collection of world renowned Russian fine art, the largest in the world. Founded in 1856 by the wealthy merchant Pavel Tretyakov, who presented his private collection of Russian art to the city in 1892. It contains the largest...

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Mar 20, 2017 - The Kremlin

Moscow's most iconic attraction, the Kremlin meaning fortress, headquarters of the Soviet Union. For centuries the Kremlin has been a symbol of the power of the State! Everything about it is on a grand scale. A 2 ton cannon, the Tsar Cannon, sits within the walls ... too huge to be used! Also the biggest bell ever made, never used as it cracked badly and has a massive chunk out of it. The 4 cathedrals within the walls have indescribably splendid interiors decorated with incredible icons and fabulous frescoes. Quite breathtaking and...

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Mar 19, 2017 - First day in Moscow

A grey day dawns with a heavy mist covering the city. Interesting breakfast jam 'Cherry with Bones' which turns out to be Raspberry with seeds'! Maria is our guide for the day & Vladimir our driver. First stop the Gorki Leninskie Sanatorium 30 Km outside the city. Well worth going off the beaten track to visit. This huge estate, and the house contents, was last in the hands of Zainada Morozova before being 'nationalised' in 1918 after the Revolution. It was then used as a Sanatorium for the higher echelons of the Bolsheviks. Lenin was cared...

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Oct 9, 2016 - From Russia..... With love

So…. I’m on a train…. Obviously. This is the big one though, I’m currently sat in my little cabin on the first leg of my TransManchurian adventure…. About 9hours in so far and it’s already been a bit of an experience… again, more on that later. Last time I wrote it was Wednesday morning and I had just arrived into Russia on the train from Moscow. The rest of the journey in was pretty uneventful – the two ladies in the cabin and I continued to communicate with one another with varying levels of success. They did take to mothering me by the...

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May 24, 2016 - Yerevan, Armenia to Istanbul, Turkey via Moscow, Russia

Tuesday 24 May 2016 Yerevan, Armenia to Istanbul, Turkey Today we woke up at 3:00am for a 3:30am pick up at the hotel as we had to catch a 6:00am flight to Moscow then down to Istanbul, Turkey. It's so hard getting up at that early hour when you've only had a couple of hours sleep but we made it. After a two and a half hour flight with Aeroflot, with quite a bit of turbulence, to Moscow, we waited another two hours and then took a three and a half hour flight, again with Aeroflot (service much improved since 2007) down to Istanbul, we...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Leaving Moscow

Today we left the ship. Vacated our room at 10am with our bags outside the cabin door for pickup by the crew and transfer to the airport bus. At 11am we left for Sheremetievo Airport. This was the first day on the trip we encountered rain! Sheremetievo is an extremely modern airport, at least the terminal we were in. Also found out our bags were checked right through to Gatwick. Arrived in Schipol airport in Amsterdam (2 hour time change) then a 3 hour wait for our flight to Gatwick. That turned into a 5 hour wait due to plane unable to...

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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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