Strangers in Moscow
Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
129Trip End Jul 07, 2009
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Our first day in Moscow we were feeling a bit tired from the journey, but we still managed to visit Lenin's tomb and the Armoury in the Kremlin. We thought Lenin looked like he was made of wax, and because there was a light shining at his head, it looked like he was glowing. The guards were lacking in a sense of humour and kept clicking their fingers to hurry us along. The Armoury was a collection of treasures that used to belong to the Tsars. We liked the crowns and the diamond encrusted thrones, and the collection of ornate carriages. There was also a camp armoured horse (a real horse!).
On the second day we walked down Arbat street where there were lots of performers and artists and some boys kicking it large with some b-boy action
Today we visited the Kremlin itself where we were ripped off royally by being forced to pay and extra 200 roubles for an audioguide that we did not want. The lady at the desk conveniently spoke no English until after we had paid. Although we had not originally wanted the audio guide, it did inform us that one of the cathedrals was built by an Italian master called Carbonara! We walked around the Kremlin admiring the ornate cathedrals and the pretty gardens. David dared to sit on a wall and a guard who can't have been older than 12 came over and clicked his fingers at him. David was unamused.
In the afternoon we visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which was very ornate and pretty inside, if a little over the top. We got good views of the Kremlin from the bridge next to it. We also diced with death walking down to the Red Square to take photos of St Basil's Cathedral by crossing an 18 lane road. We even tried peach iced tea Calippos's - yummy!
We are leaving Moscow on Monday when we are going to Yekaterinburg on the Trans-Siberian railway, which means about 24 hours on the train. Fun fun fun!