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Aug 27, 2013 - The Russians are coming, hurrah hurrah ........

Moscow, WOW, what a city, what a country........ Amazing, when I was 12,and poring over maps dreaming about all the places in the world I would like to travel eg. Istanbul, Cairo, Jerusalem, Tokyo, etc I never considered Moscow. Perhaps I realised quite rightly so in those days that it was not possible, or perhaps I was afraid of the Commies .... Ha ha Moscow is an amazing city, fascinating with its magical buildings, history abounds, heaps of atmosphere and quirkiness astounds, fairly modern, friendly (not withstanding massive language...

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Jul 31, 2013 - Russian Cruise

We arrived in St Petersburg, Russia without any problems and were met by the ship’s bus to take us to the pier. The drive from the airport to the port took around 45 minutes and we had a chance to see some of Saint Petersburg on the way. One gentleman on the bus who I talked to said that he was here around 25 years ago and the entire city was a huge dump. There have been obvious improvements made and they have a lot of new buildings, but there are still many, many old buildings that need to be torn down. We got a good laugh at the expense...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Moscow

Well, a major milestone reached. We have completed the Trans Mongolian train journey. Okay, we didn't start from Beijing but what the heck. It's further from Hong Kong and we did pick up the train from Datong (so we missed one stop, big deal). But first... We got up at sparrow's fart, had breakfast and checked out by eight. At the receptionists suggestion, we had allowed 40 minutes for the taxi journey. It's not far to the train station, but rush hour traffic can sometimes be a problem she advised. Accordingly we had booked the taxi at...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka

Tonight we board the train for the coastal town of Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. We will arrive sometime tomorrow evening. So in the interim we will have no wi-if connectivity. I thought I would spend this blog to tell you about average Russian life as we have learned along the way. The young people are very curious. Most have learned some English in school so if they hear you speak or hear you attempting to speak Russian they often offer to help you or stand close to hear you speak English. They want to know about the states and...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

Arrived in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia by train and have to say it is not what I imagined. Here we are in the middle of Siberia, the weather is warm and humid, in a city of over a million people. We will see the city later today and walk along the river. Right now we are a bit wiped out and looking forward to a bed that fits our bodies and has some give to it. The train beds on this last train were quite narrow and Dick's arms kept flopping off. He slept through it though.....me on the other hand....well not so much. So a hotel bed looks luxurious...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Leo Tolstoy's house, New Tretyakov Gallery, dinner at Leningradskaya Hilton Hotel, Novgorod

Leo Tolstoy's house was a short drive out of the city of Moscow in a quiet area surrounded with family homes. It is next door to a brewery but not sure if it still there now. It was a friendly home and many of their possessions were still there. Tolstoy had 13 children and nine who survived. The back garden was quite big and would have been a great place for children to run around. They skates on the large flat area near the house in winter. Upstairs there was a huge room where they entertained friends. The extensions can be seen outside...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Last day in Moscow

Last day in Moscow started with a visit to Leo Tolstoy's Moscow home seeing how he and the family lived. It is set in a lovely garden which he tended and loved for strolling and the interior has been preserved, including table settings and tea set. His study shows his chair with legs cut down so his eyes were close to the desk as his sight was so bad. Lunch for us was not quite as planned but the substitute restaurant - Turandot - proved to be the most opulent setting with beautifully presented food. The dessert brought gasps as it came in...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Yekaterinburg, Trans-sib train to Krasnoyarsk

Established in the early 1700's Yekaterinburg has an interesting history. Yesterday I blogged about the Romanov's, today about more recent times. This city is located in the Ural Mountain region of Russia. The area is very rich in minerals especially iron ore and ores for hardening steel. It really began to develop as a city once the importance of these minerals became known. A city of app. 1.5 million people it boasts fine universities, theatre, ballet, opera and major industry. In fact we noted signs for such performers as Elton John and...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Romanov story

Yekaterinburg is probably best known as the death place of the Romanov family. In 1917 Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, their children, some family members and some servants were taken prisoner by the Bolsheviks and transported to Yekaterinburg from St. Petersburg. Here they were held in captivity for two months until Lenin gave the order to eliminate them all. They were taken to the basement and shot. Some of the women had sewn jewels into their clothing so they were not killed by the first shot so were shot again and stabbed by...

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Jun 15, 2013 - A different Moscow

A very different day starting with lining up to visit the tomb of Lenin; the tomb is located at the wall of the Kremlin but in Red Square. Lenin's body was supposedly preserved by a secret method and I must say that for a man dead since 1924 he's looking remarkably good. There is great speculation as to whether it is his actual body and aslo debate as he is now buried above ground - usually only for saints. Lunch then was at an old Stalin era restaurant which has been carefully preserved. joining us was Valerie a fromer colonel in the KGB...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Lenin's tomb, Lunch at Glav Pivtorg Restaurant with the director of the KGB museum and underground command post.

Today we queued up to visit the great man Lenin in his huge granite mausoleum. Lenin died in 1924 and was embalmed following his death and has been on display for his admirers to see since that time. He did look very wax like but interesting I guess. I have seen so many dead bodies that it was not something I would have bothered to do had I not been on a tour. What I found more interesting were the number of guards there to look after him and keep an eye on the tourists. Outside, near the Kremlin wall were numerous other important graves...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, Sergiev Posad

We were taken in the bus to a monastery about an hour from Moscow. I good time to doze off even though Julia was giving us some information about the order we were about to visit. I can never stay awake in a bus if I'm sleepy. It is light until so late that it is hard to go to sleep early. The drive was interesting as we passed many wooded areas, mainly birch trees and country homes. Brick bases and timber on the top floor. Closer to Moscow we noticed many new apartmnet blocks, some ok but some not so good. Many are being demolished and...

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