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Jul 17, 2011 - Moscow

Today, the first full day of intermittent rain since our vacation began. We hopped on the bus to drive to Sparrow Hill, one of the 7 hills of Moscow, for a panoramic view of the city. Mind you, these are not very big hills. We drove past some quite impressive skyscrapers recently built or in the construction stages. These contrast significantly with the many dingy Soviet era apartment buildings. The views from Sparrow Hill were interesting, though in the rain and clouds, not outstanding. We did, however, find Church of the Trinity, just off...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Moscow

July 16th, Saturday, Moscow We slept well in our comfortable, though small cabin. After a very nice breakfast we boarded our bus for a tour of Red Square, the Moscow Metro, and Arbat Street. Again, unusually warm for Moscow with the temperature already 80 degrees at about 9 am. Red Square was impressive, and filled with more Americans than Russians, I think. The walls of the Kremlin, Lenin's tomb, St Basil's Cathedral, GUMS department store, and Kazan Cathedral bound this large square, about which we have heard of all our lives....

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Jul 15, 2011 - On to Moscow

July 15, Friday, Vienna to Moscow We left our hotel in Vienna this morning, taking the metro, then the bus to the airport for our flight to Moscow. Our flight was uneventful, and we spent most of it going through our pictures trying to weed them out and labeling some of them. Our flight to Moscow was only about 2 hours, and we arrived on an unusually warm day for Moscow (about 85 degrees.) We were met by one of the program directors for Grand Circle at the airport (Domodedovo, one of two main airports in Moscow) following a slow move...

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Jul 10, 2011 - July 5 - July 10 Saint Peteresberg so far

I only have 20 minutes internet time so will make longer one next time. Temp is 30+ here too. I made my way from Andrews house at 6 am so I could make it to the airport on time, I used the metro from the other side of Moscow to get to Pavalskaya station where the express train to the airport is. It seemed like a daunting task but all went smooth. Security now flying from Moscow to St Peter LED is very strict and your shoes have to be removed and belt etc has to be taken off, then walk into a special scanning machine. From St Peter airport...

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Jul 3, 2011 - July 3 - Red Square

Yesterday after waking up very refreshed then made way through metro station to centre of Moscow, Sunday morning there was not too many people about and the weather was sunny and not too hot. First things was having a look at the massive Russian government buildings and statues of people like "Marx" and the many fountains. I brought a ticket to the Armoury, at 700 roubles, if you have international student card the cost only 200 roubles. I tried to apply in NZ to get one but one has to be full-time student. The Armoury has all weapons and...

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Jul 2, 2011 - First day in Russia

Christchurch airport I exchange some of my kiwi money for a $100 US dollar bill (Roubles can not be brought outsdide of Russia) and made my way to check in. Will go to a bank in Russia to exchaneg my credit card to some roubles as better rates. Flight from Dydney to Dubai was very hard to sleep sitting up, I think I only got 3 hours sleep on the 15 hour journey, the rest iof time I had my eyes closed but could open them anytime I wanted too. Emirates service and entertainment is very good though. I sat next to a Sydney couple the samew age...

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Jul 1, 2011 - Moscow

Breakfast today consisted of an omelette and a strawberry pancake (an ongoing theme). It was nice to start with but I am soon realising that that is the norm for my Russian friends! We had some luck today, we were to get a private transfer to Vladamir, then catch the local bus or train (4 hours to Moscow). Reason being Moscow is notorius for traffic jams. However, our driver offered to take us into Moscow up until the traffic turnedor the worst at which stage we could then catch a train. This would not have been enjoyable due to all our...

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Mar 7, 2011 - From Paris to Moscow

Arriving in Paris today is exciting because we have booked an apartment rather than a hotel room for this visit. Jumping off the train from Nice, we search for the Metro travelling to Pereire station in the 17th Arrondissement. The agent is due to meet us at 4.30 p.m. at the apartment to hand over the keys. All we have is an email reply from www.apartments.paris with an address in Avenue de Villiers and a code to enter through the front door of the apartment block. We find the Avenue with relative ease and drag our suitcases along the...

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Feb 7, 2011 - 7/2/11- a tent in wolfgolia

train had to go through russian border first which involved russians inarmy gear taking our passports to inspect for 45mins then going in each carriage lifting up everything and checkin every corner then sending in the drug detecting dog who was a cute tiny fluffy thing which suprised me,i expected the russians to have a bear sized dog sniffing for drugs. earlier on the man who put boxes in our room asked us to join him or vodka. smelling a rat i declind but p went with him. after lots of vodka the manasked p if we would keep the boxes in...

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Feb 6, 2011 - 3-6/2/11 snow white on a train

hmmm well four days stuck on a train sounds boring but actually it was...boring. there were some highlights ad definatley pleased i had the experience but am pleased its done. firstly please note there are no showers on bored and u can only feel so clear using wet wipes. secondly as its winter your view is snow and trees and every now nd then you cross a river which means just snow but dont worry in a few minutes the trees would be back. thirdly you are traveling through time zones totalinga difference of 5 hours so u effectivly get train...

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Feb 2, 2011 - 2/2/11- tour de metro

apparently ppl pay to be given a guided tour of the metro. having seen how easy and cheap to get round it was i decided to conduct my own tour. took my line in until i hit the circle line and then went round it as i was told these were the best ones. the stations were amazing somewith iconic statues othes with chanderlers,paintings,mozacs. i was quite envious of moscow for that but apparently the down side is it takes years to extend the metro as it has to be done to such a high level. although they are coinsdering extending into some area...

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Feb 1, 2011 - 1\02\11 shopping in a palace

was woken up by my hotel phone rimging. apparently the tour was supposed to start 10 mins ago?turns out id been told wrong date. rushed to get ready and when i got to reception it turned out i was the only one again. went to the metro which is right otside the hotel and paid 135 roubles for 5 passes. russian metro is very diff to our underground. you use one pass to enter and can go anywhere and only need a new pass if u leave then reenter.so basically i can do 5 journeys for about £3. slightly cheaper thanlondon. the metro itself is...

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