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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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Trip Journal

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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Apr 10, 2017 - Comrades Visit to the Kremlin

Determined to get going early this morning and be at Kremlin by 10 to purchase tickets for the Armoury at some stage during the day. All good, up and showered and dressed and had breakfast and arrived down at the Kremlin ticket office in good time to join the queue for the Armoury tour. Waited in line for almost an hour and were 1 spot from the cashier window when there appeared to be some delay. Vanessa stepped up to the window and asked for 3 tickets to a "nyet" from the lovely lady definitely wearing her grumpy undies for the day. She...

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Apr 9, 2017 - A Shopping Day and Night Wandering

Both girls extremely worn out after yesterday so they had a bit of a sleep in and slow start to the day. Just as well as it was a balmy -1C outside and much nicer tucked up in bed. Once we ventured outside we felt the full brunt of the cold despite having on thick tights or skins, woollen socks under our thick jeans and heavy boots. Top layer consisted of thermals, t-shirt, polar fleece then goose down jacket. Top half snug but bottom still chilled. Big problem is that it is bitter outside but everywhere inside is heated to the max and...

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Apr 8, 2017 - Moscow by Foot and Train and a Night at the Opera.

Our morning started a little later than usual as I only really woke around 8.30 am. Showered, dressed and out the door with vegemite toast in hand for breakfast and down from our 5th floor fortress apartment (double doors - a wooden apartment door then a steel outer door). Just walked out the door as the Uber driver turned up to deliver us to Slavyanskaya Ploshchad to join a walking tour of Moscow's centre. Ate the remainder of our brekkie as we waited - a yoghurt, granola and fruit tub. Enough to keep us going till the end of the tour....

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Mar 21, 2017 - Cultural Moscow

It was so much quieter at breakfast as the Chinese Tour Group has departed. More business people now of varying nationalities, but using English as the standard language! Farewell to the Novotel. It has been fun getting the Security Staff to smile and say hello! Today, we go off to the Tretyakov Gallery to see the collection of world renowned Russian fine art, the largest in the world. Founded in 1856 by the wealthy merchant Pavel Tretyakov, who presented his private collection of Russian art to the city in 1892. It contains the largest...

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Mar 20, 2017 - The Kremlin

Moscow's most iconic attraction, the Kremlin meaning fortress, headquarters of the Soviet Union. For centuries the Kremlin has been a symbol of the power of the State! Everything about it is on a grand scale. A 2 ton cannon, the Tsar Cannon, sits within the walls ... too huge to be used! Also the biggest bell ever made, never used as it cracked badly and has a massive chunk out of it. The 4 cathedrals within the walls have indescribably splendid interiors decorated with incredible icons and fabulous frescoes. Quite breathtaking and...

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Mar 19, 2017 - First day in Moscow

A grey day dawns with a heavy mist covering the city. Interesting breakfast jam 'Cherry with Bones' which turns out to be Raspberry with seeds'! Maria is our guide for the day & Vladimir our driver. First stop the Gorki Leninskie Sanatorium 30 Km outside the city. Well worth going off the beaten track to visit. This huge estate, and the house contents, was last in the hands of Zainada Morozova before being 'nationalised' in 1918 after the Revolution. It was then used as a Sanatorium for the higher echelons of the Bolsheviks. Lenin was cared...

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