Strangers in Moscow

Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Friday, September 5, 2008

We arrived in Moscow after 8 hours on an overnight train from St Petersburg. On the train we were in a carriage of 54 people and we had the beds next to the schoolchildren. But it turned out to be fine despite the efforts of a moody Russian woman, and the beds were quite comfortable, if a little cramped.
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. There were also lots of expensive restaurants. It was a very lively street with lots going on. After a 2 hour trek trying to decipher Russian road names in order to find a particular restaurant recommended by the guide book, we found it to be closed and so gave up and headed to some real Russian cuisine - McDonalds! We also explored a stupidly expensive luxury shopping mall, complete with ugly Russian women in very high heels and miniskirts prancing about and drinking champagne with caviar. We found the shops to be out of our price range but the food court was cheap, so we stopped for a drink.
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!
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Bentley Jennison
Hey Dave!

Just a quick message, hope you're enjoying your trip and everyone sends their regards.

I've still got those Doctors accounts for you when you return!

Keep us posted with your adventure and the photos look brill. Personal favuorite - Dave drinking raspberry juice in a camp fashion.

Have fun and stay safe...bloody Russians - don't mention Rocky IV!

Nuch and the gang

p.s the Griff's email address (

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