Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
54Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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Moscow is very different than St.Pete Moscow Metro mad difficult to understand without a good grasp of Russian. Think going to get lost a few times on it. After lots of photo taking and walking around Red square off to internet cafe and bit to eat.
Friday,September 15th Sharing room with Chris and skipped brekkie this morning for qucik instant coffee (courtesy Rusian Railways and free hot water end of corridor). Meet 9.30 am to get Metro into city centre and to to Krelin Red Square. Huge crowds waiting to get in but get through and tour with Valeria. Gerry funny comment on 'Valeria. That name sounds like malaria in English' and before he said it the look of 'please don't say it' on the face of Bora.
Kremlin lot better than expected. See lots of catherdrals
1. See Putin's office (see pic)
2. Biggest Canon in world - never used (see pic)
3. Biggest Bell in Russia - never used (see pic)
4. Building where they had all the soviet congresses
Inside Armoury museum see lots of czar stuff and especially the famous jewellery Fabergé Easter Eggs. One of the Eggs has a map of the trans siberian on the ouside and inside the egg a working miniture toy trans siberian train with five carriages and insriptions.
Mad crowds around eggs so hard to get a close look. Also one of the empress's carriages was used as a model for Disney's Cinderella! Lots of stories of Russian royalties killing each other, secret husbands and secret lovers.
In afternoon off to food court bottom floor of shopping centre bside red square and then off to Arbat street for some souvenir shopping/haggling. Get two t-shirts for 190 roubles each along with Raz and good laugh at knitted thermal underwear at local market. Out for dinner later at Georgian (place underneath Russia) restaurant with cheap beer (pivo) for Moscow. Had a few late drinks with Bora, Chris, Julie and Jamie at a T.G.I Friday's and gave a good laugh to guys at bar which got us free vodkas - he, he