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Oct 6, 2013 - Moscow, Moscow

What a huge day. I started my day at 4.45 as I've been struggling to sleep. I had awoken at 2.30 same as usual but at least I fell back to sleep for a bit longer. I tried to drift off again but it was a waste of time, particularly because my curtains don't close and the street noise and traffic were coming through. So I got up, did my washing, wasted heaps of time trying to work out how to make the water come out of the bath tap instead of the handheld shower (still don't know- others have tried to explain it to me but I seem to be unable...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Afternoon at leisure

An early start.. Neither Kevin nor I slept well both worrying about similar things...sleeping in, what needed doing etc. We needed to meet for brekky at 6.30. Out of the hotel by 7.30 to be at the airport by 7.30. I woke at 2.30 when I received an SMS from my friend Lynne asking me if I was due to start my holiday. So... No more sleep for me... Tossed and turned, up at 4.45 to start getting ready. Met D&K on time and up to brekky where I was kind of repulsed by a young woman who was taking extraordinarily huge things into her mouth like an...

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Sep 3, 2013 - The sheer opulence of beautiful St Petersburg

Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, must surely have been a great man to leave a legacy of such opulent Russian Royal Palaces. St Petersburg is surely a beautiful and very European city, the incredibly decorative cathedrals, canals, town squares, magnificent architecture, museums, wide streets and interesting shopping arcades, gardens and parkland. We have enjoyed St Petersburg and in fact Russia in general has been fascinating although not wildly exciting. Quite different to expectations and a great country to spend time in as it is so...

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Jane Lady of Leisure

Aug 30, 2013 - Russian vodka experience

Dear Trip Journal Yes , I realise that after only two days, here I am again already communicating with you. However, this is the thing......., when I was in the UK, I was there for quite a long time and although I did something new and exciting every single day, I did not want to bore you with all the intimate details, hence the less frequent journal communications. However, I am now on a rather fast paced trip through exciting Russia with a new and exciting experience and challenge every day, so to avoid one day merging into the next, I...

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Jane Lady of Leisure

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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Jane Lady of Leisure

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 - 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 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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