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Oct 7, 2017 - Metro to Red Square

Well we got off to a slow start this morning. Denise slept until 10:00 a.m. trying to get better but to no avail. We missed breakfast and spun our wheels for awhile trying to figure out what to do. Wanted to go to the Kremlin Armory but no tickets were available. We decided to take the metro to Red Square as the weather was better today. The problem with the metro is that most of the signage is in Russian with its different alphabet. But to the adventurous there is enough English hidden here and there and some of the train announcements...

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Volga River Cruise

Oct 6, 2017 - Moscow

Finally risen from the dead. Have been unable to get out of bed for more than 1-3 hours the last three days. Mike has been sick too, but has been functioning better. The entire ship has been sick and it sounds more like a Typhoid cruise than a pleasure cruise. The doctor on board is a big fan of homeopathics which did nothing for my fever which finally broke today, enabling me to go on a 5 hour tour of Moscow (in the pouring rain). Tried to join the tours the last three days, but ending up sleeping on the back of the bus or returning to the...

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Volga River Cruise

Sep 15, 2017 - Suzdal to Moscow

A much sunnier day in Suzdal today, which was perfect for a walking tour with a local guide. We started the tour at The Kremlin, followed by a visit to The Museum of Wooden Architecture and then walked back into town to the main square. Some free time to wander before a bus to Vladimir to catch the Sapsan (fast) train back to Moscow. This time we caught the Metro from the station, which was much easier without our main luggage

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 13, 2017 - Moscow

My “free” day in Moscow was jam-packed trying to fit in as much as possible. In the morning, quite a few of us did the Urban Adventures “Behind the Icons” walking tour of Moscow. We started at one of the many statues of Pushkin. We walked past the first McDonalds to open in Russia in 1990, where queues went right down the street and round the square. Went in almost next door to a Soviet style café where we tried a traditional snack. Went in and ogled at an amazing supermarket, and walked around a lot of streets just off the main...

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Beijing to Berlin

Aug 5, 2017 - Last full day in Moscow

Today was our last full day in Moscow. Although Moscow metro is famous for its old stations, I also like the modern stations. We spent the morning at Victory Park and its adjacent museum, both dedicated to the Great Patriotic War (1941-45).. We learnt that the Soviet Union made a vital contribution to the common Victory having borne the brunt of the war at the European theatre of military actions and defeated the main grouping of Japanese troops. There was a series of fabulous dioramas, where it was difficult to tell where the real...

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Aug 4, 2017 - 4th August - Cosmonaut Museum

More walking. To the Bolshoi Ballet To an ancient Chinese teahouse. Visited the city’s only Lutheran Church. The main Jewish synagogue. A Greek Orthodox Church. We had lunch in a Georgian Restaurant. Then spent the afternoon at the Cosmonaut Museum. This is a monument above the Cosmonaut Museum. This was full of spacesuits, satellites, displays. Fabulous museum. At night we went to see the Red Square in the dark. Suddenly it started to rain - to pour. We sheltered under an archway in the Kremlin wall. Photo coming here tomorrow of the...

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Aug 3, 2017 - 3rd August - Walking and walking and walking

Today we walked. I estimate that I walked about 30 km. We caught the metro to Sparrow Hills, then walked back to town. This is the view from the bottom of Sparrow Hill. Gorky Park is on the right of the Moscow River. Old Moscow is on the left. Past the Moscow Circus. Past the stadium ready for the World FIFA cup next year. Through Gorky Park. Through Red October. Past a huge statue of Christopher Columbus that is being passed off as a statue of Peter the Great. Through the Church of Christ our Saviour. Along the old Arbat - where we had...

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Aug 2, 2017 - 2 August - Red Square and Stalin

We set out in the morning with our guide, Natalia. First stop was the Alexander Garden’s of the Kremlin, to watch the changing of the guard - performed in perfect synchronisation of goosestep marching. Past the queue to see Lenin’s mausoleum, to the Red Square. Lined by the Kremlin on one side, St Basil’s Cathedral on another, the GUM (state department store) on another, and the History Museum on the other side. This is the view from GUM, over the Red Square, and to the Kremlin and the Palace behind the Kremlin walls. We walked to the...

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Aug 1, 2017 - 1 August - Suzdal - Vladimir - Moscow

Today started in Suzdal, continued in Vladimir, and finished in Moscow. We had a leisurely breakfast in our Kremlin Hotel. Our driver, Karina, came at 9.30am, and drove us into Vladimir. We put our bags in the train station luggage room, then went to meet our guide, Olga. Vladimir - founder of Vladimir - with the Church of the Assumption in the background Olga gave us a fascinating tour of 2 Cathedrals. Then a tour of the Military Museum. Our 1 hour tour took 2 hours. Da svidanya Olga. We spent the next 3 hours exploring Vladimir and...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Landed in Moscow

All checked in at the airport hotel, we have gear check tonight at 7:00 pm. Good night sleep then head out on another small puddle jumper plane, short bus ride, then start our climb. I'll stay in touch for as long as I can right now need some rest. Stay tuned family and friends.

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2 of Seven Summits

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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