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Jun 14, 2013 - Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Spent the first half of the day in Moscow touring the art works in the metro stations. Impressive collection, each station very different. then on to the Russian Art Museum. By now we are a bit museum end out but have to say this museum with only works by Russian artists was most enjoyable. Incredible talent displayed. Then onto the train where we actually had a decent nights sleep. We arrived 30 hours later in Yekaterinburg. Today we tour this area. Just have to,add this note....The government takes security very seriously especially...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Moscow 4

Started the day with another Metro trip, this time to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour. Highlight was going up to the balcony including the bell towers but we were very glad to have our earphones when the bells started to ring and continued for nearly 10 min. We have earphones as we are all connected back to our guide - very swish and saves her shouting. Great views back to the river and the Kremlin, in fact all round the city. Then to the Pushkin Museum - the National art gallery for an over view. Lunch today was at a Georgian restaurant...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Pushkin Museum and Museum of Private collections.

The Cathedral has had a difficult history. Built in 1812 to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon the church was inaugurated in 1860 and displayed many of the countries masters in their various fields. In 1931 Slarlin decided the sight would be suitable for a Palace of the Soviets and razed the building. As the ground was marshy it was not build but a swimming pool was build during the Krushchev period. When Soviet rule ceased permission was sought to build the present building which commenced in 1994. It is very new looking but spectacular. It...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Moscow 3

Today is a public holiday - Independence Day celebrating the break up of the Soviet States. There is a protest movement - "Russia without Putin" supporters wearing white ribbons. We did see one small group surrounded by riot helmeted police and many police cars etc but not sure if they were demonstrating about Putin or the newly passed law banning homosexuality. Such is the distrust of the state that our guide suggested that the heavy rain of the morning was a result of cloud seeding to deter the protesters. Our first visit via the Metro...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Old Tretyakov Gallery, Moskova River Cruise.

Today we looked at many icons. As one learns more about the background and importance of icons the more interesting they become. There is a strict way of producing icons and I'm gradually learning what to look for. Some are very beautiful and the faces lovely. I'm not able to tell which school they all come from but I'm sure the experts know what to look for. I'm not really interested in the finer details but some were wonderful. In the afternoon we had a cruise on the Moskova River. The sun was shining and the domes glowed. The views of...

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Jun 11, 2013 - Moscow and surrounding area

After a 10hour walking tour our first day, all of it within the Kremlin walls practically, we were pretty exhausted. Yesterday was a 12 hour day but most of it in a car traveling out to the countryside to see the most important church in the nation and to see how life once was when serfs and peasants were owned by the church. The Kremlin and Red Square are huge and cover miles of acreage. The Kremlin contains palaces, armories, several churches and museums.. It was once the home of the Tsars when they stayed in Moscow during the Winter...

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Jun 11, 2013 - Moscow 2

Started the day with a bus tour around one of the outer ring roads looking at the various buildings including the university which has 40,000 students. Uni set in forested area. View over city from Sparrow Hill. Then to the Kremlin. Tight security as we entered - our bags searched and we went through detection machinery and most managed to set it off . why we don'r know and we were waved through. Went first to view the State diamond collection - glittering magnificence including the crown designed for Catherine the Great. Unfortunately no...

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Jun 11, 2013 - Cathedrals and Palaces of the Kremlin, Armoury Museum, State Diamond Fund.

Once we had gone through the security checks we finally got in to the Kremlin which is emormous. The size is best appreciated from the Moskova River. There are numerous Cathedrals including The Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals both dating back to the 1400's. The Annunciation Cathedral was significantly rebuilt by Ivan the Terrible in 1562-64. We saw the Bell Tower, Tsars Bell which is broken and Cannon. Fabulous frescos and icons and plenty of gold and silver. Moscow was founded in 1147 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky and became the capital...

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Jun 10, 2013 - Moscow 1

Monday and we were off to Red Square which runs along one wall of the Kremlin and at the far end is St Basil's Cathedral. St Basil was known as God's fool and his words were respected. So much that it's hard to write about - frescoes, icons, small chapels. Lunch - salad/mushroom soup/ chicken kiev/lemon mousse coffee a little outside the main centre to which noble women discarded by husbands or in some political strife were sent including Sophia the sister of Peter the Great and his first wife. Still a convent. Nearby is the cemetery of so...

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Jun 10, 2013 - Moscow

We arrived in Moscow after taking the overnight train from St. Petersburg. Our train compartment was modern, nice but minuscule. Dick and I had a few laughs trying to maneuver around in it especially adding two suitcases and two pack packs. I have to be honest here and say that neither of us got a wink of sleep. The train left at midnight and the beds were not ready till one. We were both overtired by a day of extensive walking and lots of stairs plus not a very good night sleep the night before anyway. We arrived early in Moscow, met our...

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Jun 10, 2013 - Red Square, St Basils Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent, Giselle - The Bolshoi Theatre.

Last night we had our orientation tour and today revisited Red Square and surrounds. The walls of the Kremlin towered over us and the numerous red brick buildings were unbelievably impressive. One is now a museum which we didn't have time to visit. Lenin's tomb could be seen in the distance and we walked through Gum a shopping mall which is a restored 18th century arcade of impressive shops. The most impressive building that we were all eager to see was St Basils built by Ivan the Terrible in . What an amazing building. It looks very big...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Moscow

I left London early on Sunday morning and escaped the usual traffic. It was my first experience in Terminal 5 so I had a quick look around and had some breakfast at Gordon Ramsays before heading off to find my flight. A train delivered me to the correct departure gate and the flight was uneventful. I met Suzanne who is also joining the ASA tour and we met our driver who took us to our hotel. John Wregglesworth met us and after a quick freshen up we joined the rest of the group for an orientation walk of Moscow. Clive and Catherine Thomas...

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