Let's put that Boogey on Ice

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Leaving the best till last today we ventured into the Kremlin. Splurging on a tour guide to show us around the grounds and churches was well worth the money, if only for the entertainment value of him trying to do a bushman's hankie but accidentally getting it down his arm. The snot promptly froze in the sub zero temperatures and kept melting every time we went inside a church. Nice.

Our informative tour started at the Arsenal, that is ringed by 800 captured Napoleonic cannons. Moving on to the building where the Russian President, Putin currently has office. We then continued on to the Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world though it's never been rung as a huge chunk fell off and the Russian Orthodox church, the Assumption Cathedral. Inside the cathedral the walls were covered in paintings depicting aspects of the Russian Orthodox faith. Onwards to the Archangel Cathedral where a choir was singing. Their singing was fantastic, giving Megs goose bumps. Then to the Annunciation Cathedral and the small Church of the Deposition of the Robe. It was great to get an understanding of the history of the Russian royal family and the Orthodox Church.

Our snot covered guide then bid us farewell and we decided to leave the Kremlin to get some lunch. On the way out we purchased our tickets for the Armory. With some time to kill we decided to again warm up in the GUM State Department Store and grab a coffee. Meg ordered a cappuccino and Rick a hot chocolate. When the drinks arrived Meg had her cappuccino but Rick was given a cup of melted chocolate. Yes not a hot chocolate drink, just chocolate melted in a cup. We'd had problems asking for this drink before. In Yekaterinberg when we order the same drink combination Meg got hers and Rick got a bar of chocolate. Weird! Returning later in the afternoon we headed to the Armory where we got to see some of the wealth of the Russian royal family. It was amazing. They also had the famous Faberge eggs on display. With our time in Moscow coming to an end we headed to the station to get the overnight train to St Petersburg.
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