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  • Day5

    To Russia With Love!

    June 12, 2017 in Russia

    A quick trip on the efficient S-Bahn (suburban railway) to Berlin's Ostbahnhof Station for the next keg if my journey - the 22 hour trip on the Berlin to Moscow sleeper train. I was pleasantly surprised at the sleek modern (Spanish built) train and the immaculate stewards positioned to welcome us at each carriage. Our steward was Viktor Gorbachev (no relation) who spoke little English but was very helpful. I was in a 4 berth cabin - 4 daytime seats which converted into 4 comfortable sleeping berths, with sheet, duvet and pillow. I had 4 travelling companions - two men from Germany, and a father and his toddler daughter who shared a berth - literally four men and a little lady! The wee girl was very sweet and didn't cry or make a noise all night. She was delighted when I gave her a little compact mirror with a Scottish design and kept showing it to me. Well, it was either that or a miniature of Grouse!

    As my travelling companions tucked into their black bread sandwiches a smoked sausage picnics, I ventured to the dining car - a bright modern compartment with good views of the surrounding scenery - aren't these German / Polish / Belarusian/ Russian trees beautiful! I met an Australian couple - Rob and Merril - from Lennox! New South Wales. They were hoteliers who owned their own hotel / pubs and were great fun - we hit it off and spend several hours chatting. The menu looked interesting until we were advised most things were 'aff', so dinner was Borsch (beetroot soup), black bread and a chicken Caesar salad, washed down with a German beer (no Tennents here, Dad!).

    We traveled though Germany and slipped into Poland, taking on more passengers in Warsaw. I was in the lower bunk and dozed off to sleep, only to be woken by Viktor at 3.30am telling us we were approaching the border with Belarus. This involved us all getting up, completing an immigration card, and looking out our papers as Custom and Border Control officials inspected us. After about an hour, the train rolled over a bridge a few hundred metres into Belarus, where we had to go though the same procedure with the Belarusian authorities. So after about 2 hours we were allowed to go on our way and my fellow Russian companions, who only spoke to me in German, instructed me 'mehr schlaf' (more sleep). I dutifully returned to my bunk and slept for 4 hours. Father and daughter got off in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, which gave us much more space in view of the amount of luggage they had.I joined my Aussie friends for breakfast - the menu hadn't increased, but a pale-looking ham and cheese omelette and coffee sufficed. In spite of our delays at the border, the train rolled into Moscow's Belorussky Station dead on time. One of my German travelling companions asked if I had a 'Frau' in Moscow. Sadly I said I didn't, but he proudly exclaimed he did. She met him at the station and I thought initially she was his daughter or granddaughter, but the passionate embrace indicated otherwise. She was a lovely young women with good English, who insisted on driving me to my hotel. This saved me the ordeal of negotiating the Moscow Metro with my luggage and I was extremely grateful.

    The small hotel Sadovnicheskaya was beautifully decorated and the young man on reception recommended a good Russian restaurant nearby. I had a hearty meal of Solyanka soup, black bread, beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes and cabbage - delicious - and washed down with a small jug of ice cold vodka. Well, when in Rome...
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  • Day6

    Red Rob

    June 13, 2017 in Russia

    What a huge city Moscow is - so many grand buildings, columns, turrets and golden onion domes. I managed to get a Russian SIM card and the young girl in the mobile phone shop kindly put it in for me (so to speak!). I then braved the famous Moscow underground - much deeper than ours at home, but very grand stations. I had a lovely walk around the centre - did you spot Max at the Bolshoi? The weather was not so good today and when heavy rain came on I decided to try out one of Moscow's top recommendations- a Russian banya or bath house. The Sanduny banya is the oldest and most luxurious in the city (check their website What an experience - the rooms were so hot you had to wear a felt hat - and the ice cold plunge pools must have had water piped from Siberia. To finish off I went for the traditional beating with birch leaves. I was allowed to keep my hat and birch leaves as a souvenir!

    With the rain now off, I had a lovely walk round Red Square - such fabulous buildings. Did you spot Max at St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin? I call him Karl Max here. My walk continued along the Moscow River to the colossal statue of Peter the Great - breathtaking, finishing up at Gorky Park. Knackered and ready for bed!
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  • Day5

    Wilkommen in Berlin!

    June 12, 2017 in Russia

    What a lovely day I have had in Berlin. The sun was shining all day and it was a hot 28 degrees C. I got up early at 7am and after a quick breakfast in the hotel I set off on a morning walking tour. Being early on a a Sunday morning it was really quiet and within a short time I had crossed the River Spree and arrived at the Reichstag - another building where mum, dad, Campbell and I climbed to the top of the Norman Foster designed glass dome. Then to the symbol of Berlin - the Brandenburg Gate - can you spot a tiny Max in the photo?

    A walk though the haunting Memorial to the Murdered Jews was thought provoking as was the nearby Memorial to the persecuted LGBT community. The Tiergarden park was beautiful in the morning sunshine. Then a walk along the famous Unter Der Linden street to Berlin Cathedral and I watched the river boats plying around Museum Island. A good spot for a selfie I thought, until my camera fell over the wall of the bridge to the riverbank below! In spite of the crash, it still seems to be working, although it's a little dented. Thank goodness I didn't bring my good Canon.

    It was so hot I decided to hop on a City Tour bus which gave a great overview of Berlin - the Victory Column, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Kurfürstendamm, Kaiser William Memorial Church, and a remaining segment of the Berlin Wall. I arrived back just as a huge cycle event was taking place - literally thousands of bikes brought all the main roads to a standstill in some kind of Green statement - wonderful to see.

    In the afternoon I decided to go to a matinee show of the Disney musical - The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although it was in German I was able to follow (most of) the story. It really was a great show with some super performances and moving scenes. It got a standing ovation at the end and I wonder why it has never been to the West End or Broadway.
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  • Day7

    Kool Kremlin

    June 14, 2017 in Russia

    Well the Kremlin seems to be as hard to get into as it ever was! However I eventually managed to work it out and, after an unusual early breakfast involving pickled herring and tiramisu (don't ask!) I got off to an early start to beat the queues for Moscow's biggest attraction. And boy was it worth it! It was a thrill to walk through one of the huge intimidating gates and explore this famous complex. No less than four Cathedrals are contained within this ancient citadel. The sun shone, and the golden onions domes gleamed beautifully. The highlight however was getting a ticket for the Armoury before they sold out. An incredible treasure trove of Tsars' jewellery, regalia, weapons, costumes and state coaches - breathtaking!

    After all this, I pushed the boat out and treated myself to a lovely late lunch at the fabulous Cafe Pushkin. Fish soup served with pasties stuffed with more fish, and a glass of vodka, followed by suckling pig served with barley - tasty! A bus tour saw the weather change from glorious sunshine into a torrential downpour and a thunderstorm. The lady from Siberia sitting next to me shared her blanket and umbrella and we had a laugh together, although neither of us understood a word of what each other was saying. She seemed delighted when I gave her a small Scottish thistle pin badge in return.

    The evening was spent walking along Arbat Street - the new revitalised trendy area of Moscow full of bars and restaurants. Then back on the underground - still confusing as its hard to make out the Russian names, and lines sharing the same station all have different names! No more vodka for me tonight!
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  • Day2

    PRG SVO Metro

    December 14 in Russia

    Mit etwas Verspätung bin ich in Moskau gelandet, mit einen Ueber geht es zu meiner Couchsurfing Übernachtung. Oksanas Apartment zu finden ist ein bisschen tricky gewesen. Nach ein paar Stunden Schlaf begab ich mich zu der Metro Station Kazanskaya von der es zum roten Platz geht. Die Metro ist ein Traum, man spürt mir welcher Wucht der Sozialismus angetrieben wurde. Mosaike, Marmorsäulen und Bronzen an jeder Ecke, Hallen größer als Paläste und überall sozialistischer Kitsch.Read more

  • Day128


    June 20 in Russia

    Der Start in Moskau gelang uns nicht sehr gut, wir durften nicht auf den Camping Platz fahren, weil wir es vergessen hatten, uns in den ersten Tagen in Russland zu registrieren…
    Damit begann ein kleiner Marathon für uns, wir liefen von Hotel zu Hotel und von Poststelle zu Poststelle.
    Niemand wollte uns dieses Karte ausstellen…
    Am ende landeten wir in einem Überbuchten Hotel, man verwies uns auf ein anderes - Es erschien mehr als Notlösung für die WM - Das ganze Hotel war eine Baustelle.
    Auch das versprochene Dokument haben wir dort nicht bekommen & so ging es am nächsten Tag wieder zurück in das überbuchte Hotel…Nach langem hin und her hatten wir dann nach 24h ein vorläufiges Dokument mit dem wir auf den Camping Platz fahren durften.

    Dort angekommen, lernten wir Hubert (70) und seine Dackeldame Hexe kennen - die 2 sind tatsächlich von Deutschland in 30. Tagen nach Moskau mit einem 80 Jahre altem Traktor gefahren.

    Die Hauptstadt Russlands beeindruckte uns mit seinen Gebäuden, der U-Bahn der Sauberkeit und natürlich den vielen Fußball fans.

    Samstag gingen wir natürlich zum Fan Fest wo wir uns das Spiel unserer Jungs anschauten… Schade, aber wir ließen die Köpfe nicht allzu lange hängen, zurück in der Innen Stadt ließen wir uns von der Ausgelassenen Mexikanischen Stimmung mitreisen und freuten uns mit.
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  • Day7

    More Moscow pics

    June 14, 2017 in Russia

    Sorry folks - just wanted to include a few more (mainly non Kremlin) photos from today! Apologies if there are a few duplicates but I haven't worked out how to remove them!

  • Day11


    May 12, 2017 in Russia

    Oh Moskou, je hebt het ons niet makkelijk gemaakt! We konden het Rode Plein en al haar moois een paar dagen niet bereiken vanwege de 9 mei viering (Soort bevrijdingsfestival hier), we raakten zo'n twee à drie keer per dag doorweekt door regen en sneeuw en bij de metro hebben ze net een ander systeem dan normaal en zijn alle haltes alleen in het Russisch te lezen.. Maar die metro is is wel een leuke beleving! Het is een enorm diep metrostelsel en om een perron te bereiken sta je soms wel vijf minuten op een roltrap de diepte in. Een kaartje kost echt niets en de stations zijn echt heel erg mooi. Op het Rode plein zagen we de prachtige Saint Basil Cathedral. Toch wel hèt plaatje dat ik altijd voor ogen had als ik aan Rusland dacht. In deze kathedraal gingen de tsaren en tsarina's uit mijn boek 'The Romanovs' naar de mis en het was heel bijzonder daar even binnen rond te lopen. Moskou staat vol met imposante gebouwen en kerken met gouden en fel gekleurde koepels. En nu de zon wat meer gaat schijnen kunnen we daar nog meer van genieten! Vrijdag gingen we naar de Danilovsky food market, met stalletjes vol groenten, fruit, grote vissen, geurende broden en de lekkerste eetstalletjes waar jens een gigantische kom Pho voorgeschoteld kreeg. Op naar het weekend; op naar de wodka bar 😉Read more

  • Day63

    Yeah! We are in Moscow now. The night in the bus was not really relaxing so we started with a power nap in our hostel. After that we walked to the Kreml and Red Square to look around. It is really amazing to see all this!

    Juhuu jetzt sind wir in Moskau. Die Busfahrt letzte Nacht war nicht wirklich entspannend, aber immerhin hatte jeder Sitz einen eigenen Fernseher so wurde es nicht langweilig. In Moskau haben wir uns dann aber erstmal noch ein paar Stunden schlafen gelegt, bevor wir dann dem Kreml und dem Roten Platz ein erstes Mal besucht haben.Read more

  • Day66

    This morning we started with the sunrise at 5am to be the first at Basilius Cathedral to take a picture without any other tourists. We made it!

    Heute Morgen sind wir bereits um 5 Uhr morgens zum Roten Platz aufgebrochen. Wir wollten uns die Basilius Kathedrale ohne andere Touristen ansehen und es ist uns gelungen.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Moskva, Moskau, Moscow, Moscú, Moscou, Maskva, Moskou, Moskovu, Москва

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