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Luzhniki

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  • Day64

    Chinese Embassy & the weirdest wax body

    September 3, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Had a cracking but slightly eclectic day!
    Started it with an early breakfast of Brussel sprouts before heading off on the Metro to the Chinese Embassy in the middle of the suburbs to try our luck at getting a tourist visa.
    3.5 hours later the process involved the following; a queue outside in a cattle pen like fenced area, being made to put on shoe covers, security, taking a ticket, being asked for a ticket of which we managed to show 3 wrong ones before the right one, being told we needed to photocopy our arrival document ( the one thing we didn’t have 5 copies of!)
    We got sent ‘outside’..... and a v entrepreneurial man who had a photocopier set up in the back of a van and charged $1 per page.... genius!!!
    Back in and left our passports and docs and back we go tmrw to hopefully pick them up who knows?!.
    The bonus was we got back to the hotel 6 mins before breakfast ended so we had another quick round of breakfast!!
    The off to Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum.
    What a weird experience that was??!! More security before being led down into a dark, cool chamber where a wax body of Lenin was illuminated all laid out in state. We assumed the real Lenin was underneath but 8 security guards for a wax dummy seemed a bit excessive.
    Next a quick view of the beautiful St Basil’s Cathedral.
    Holy shit Kate has just read it was Lenin’s real body!! We don’t believe it but obv millions of Russians do.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenin's_Mausoleum
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  • Day64

    Moscow Metro self tour with Kate Saxton

    September 3, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    https://www.rbth.com/arts/328682-moscow-metro-most-beautiful-stations

    After the shopping experience Kate worked out which were some of the more beautiful metro stations to visit and off we went.
    They were all so different and so exquisite..... there was even a photo point in red paint on the floor to take the best photos from.
    Back home for a quick rest and then off out to the Moscow ballet- Swan Lake.
    Sadly not the Bolshoi as they r on their summer break.... in Brisbane!!!
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  • Day64

    GUM the poshest historic shopping mall

    September 3, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Yep the day just kept on getting weird.
    Next it was off to the huge historic building that now houses a shopping mall just next to Red Square. Wow the Russians must have some money... Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bvlgari, Hermes, Fendi and many many other designer shops of which the security guard cringed as we walked past the door, obv worried we might want to go in!!
    The mall had a great display of archery memorabilia, including a photo of NZ owned Neroli Fairhall!!
    It also had a fountain full of watermelons and honeydews!!
    http://www.olympic.org.nz/athletes/neroli-fairhall/
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  • Day18

    Strange black thing.

    August 11, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Once the Kremlin had been explored we headed upto the Sparrow Hills. Passed up the opportunity to eat - too crowded & expensive and surely there'd be options at the observation deck or even at the University. Gentle walk up to the 'summit' & great views out over the Luzhniki [national] Stadium, the business district & 5 of the 7 sisters - Stalin's skyscrapers built with Gulag labour. Very busy at the top & very limited food options - sweetcorn or ice cream. Wandered towards the Moscow University building (no. 6 of the 7) & it became apparent that all that was up here was a university - no additional services, food etc. Liz wasn't happy. Decided to try around the cable car, our means of descent. Found a cafe overlooking the river, allbeit a rather expensive one. Settled down & was promptly ignored. Plenty of people were being seated. Still we waited & a number of those people were now being waited on. Doesn't bode well for speedy service. Gave up. Found what looked like a sarnie shop but was in fact a kebab shop, with a queue... that wasn't moving. OK head down to the stadium, except the cable car had a massive queue. Getting beyond a joke. Walk down, across the bridge - nope it's a motorway. Google to the rescue - navigated through the park & stumbled on Mr Big - a food shack. Admittedly the menu was in Russian but Google translated enough or so we thought. Ordered BBQ chicken and minty lemonade. 6 minute wait & I was presented with wraps yes but black. Surely it wasn't burned. Turns out the wrap was black - didn't taste any different to me but Liz wasn't having it. 2 wraps for me. A little walk around the stadium & then back via the supermarket for something a little more traditional.Read more

  • Day5

    Weitere Eindrücke aus Moskau II

    September 5, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Bei Regen und 13 Grad machen wir (unter anderem) eine Busfahrt.

  • Day14

    Cruising through town by HopOnOff bus

    September 29, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Since my father is not the youngest anymore we started smooth by buying us a ticket to the Moscow hop on hop off bus and making a sightseeing tour around the city with its highlights.

    Actually that's the first and probably only one of these busses we used or will be using throughout our whole journey because it's usually out of our budget and we prefer to walk around more than sitting in a bus.Read more

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