Russia
Moscow

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  • Day61

    Riverside festival

    August 31, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sorry was only going to do 1 post tonight but K’s photos too cool- if I do say so myself!!
    We have just had a laugh whilst posting the video of the 2 kids dancing.
    As we were walking home I laughed about a woman in a red dress who was on an electric scooter with a small child running behind her. Whilst posting the video who scooted through at the end? - the woman in the red dress.... and then the running child appeared..... there was about 45 mins between the 2 events!!! That is going to be one fit bit tired child!!Read more

  • 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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  • Day62

    Pushkin Gallery-the Schukin collection

    September 1, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We started the day with a v nice buffet breakfast sitting outside on the hotel terrace.
    Then off to explore Arbat Street which we found was on our doorstep if we turned right not left. This is an historical street dating back to the 15th century.
    Queued up for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts at 10.30am for an 11am opening.
    Finally got in at 11.30am and spent 2 hours slightly fighting the crowds to view Sergei Schukin’s collection of masters. OMG this man had collections of Gaugin, Matisse, Renoirs in each room of his house and then became obsessed with Picasso so bought more than 50 of them!! All of these are now displayed at the Pushkin and the Hermitage.
    We went for a quick coffee before heading next door to the European and American Art gallery. This was full of modern art and sculpture and not what we expected but still interesting.
    By now it was 3pm as we walked to Gorky Park
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Shchukin
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  • Day62

    Gorky Park and Arbat Street

    September 1, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Walked along the river to the expansive Gorky Park where half of Moscow appeared to be enjoying their leisure time in the sun.
    There were fountains, paddleboats, swans, bikes, skateboards, in-line skates, dancers, sword fighters and much much more.
    We then came across Russian Ninja Warrior!!! The full assault course!! It was too funny watching v v fit Russians and an amazing Australian girl conquer the course and many who did not!
    Had a lovely couple of hours taking it all in before walking back towards our hotel and having the most delicious steak dinner on the way .
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  • Day63

    Kremlin Armoury and Exquisite jewels

    September 2, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After brekkie on the terrace we walked 30 mins to The Kremlin where we promptly bought tickets to The Armoury and more importantly tickets to the Diamond Fund.
    We deposited our bags, cameras and phones in the cloakroom as none allowed, went through security and then worriedly queued as we thought we had missed our 10am time slot.
    In we went- handed over a drivers licence for 2 audio guides, another security check... and we were in!!! One of the 3 largest, most expensive jewel collections in the World alongside the Crown Jewels, UK and some collection in Iran.
    Words cannot express the sparkling beauty that unfolded- holy shit it was all breathtaking!! K’s hidden love of sparkly diamonds suddenly reared its head ( as it unexpectedly appeared during ring shopping!!).
    We spent an hour admiring the most amazing gold nuggets and gems more than 100 carats in size... sadly the shop on the way out just had bags!!
    http://www.gokhran.ru/en/diamond-fund/

    We then had an hours break before our 1pm slot into the Armoury to view 10 more Faberge eggs!!!.... and other Russian treasures of amazing jewels, gold, embroidery and carriages. Sadly no cameras were allowed so we can’t bore u although loads of people were breaking the rules... so K tried a sneaky pic of the Faberge cabinet.... outcome below!!
    https://kremlintour.com/faberge
    https://kremlintour.com/moscow-sights/kremlin-armoury-museum
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kremlin_Armoury
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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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  • Day65

    Rockets and a visa!!!

    September 4, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    This am after a nervous trip back to the Chinese embassy we left 1.5 hours later with a Chinese tourist visa each!! What a relief??!!! That’s the last major visa hurdle....hopefully.
    Next it was off to the Metro tour part 2 before ending up at the highlight of the day..... the Moscow Cosmonautical Museum.... basically the Russian Space Mission Museum!!!
    OMG what a find?!! It was amazing!!! They had the history from the first little satellite through to the missions to the massive international space stations which last for many months.
    What was funny is that the early satellites and landings looked like a 7yr old’s school project with tin foil and bin lids or something from a v low budget 60’s film. However they had much evidence to their actual success which they have continued to build on.
    They did learn they had to teach the astronauts how to survive in extreme environments after they crash landed 150kms from the landing spot and it took them 2 days to be rescued as they were in the middle of the Siberian forest!!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Museum_of_Cosmonautics
    K then misread the map as we walked through the Trade Park and we ended up having to walk an extra 1-2kms to the metro home.
    Now enjoying a beer in a rooftop bar on our last night in Moscow.
    Tomorrow it’s boarding the Trans Siberian train for day/night 1!!!
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  • Day65

    Some more spacey photos

    September 4, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The first photo is the actual landing capsule that came down during one mission!!
    This exhibition was soo cool. Sadly most photos were on the cameras (I can hear the sighs of relief) - the museum looked like a film set or boys playing with toys.... there were when stuffed dogs that had been sent into space and returned... sadly one was sent and wasn’t expected to return so he wasn’t there!!Read more

  • Day13

    Moskau

    August 30, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Die Russen sagen: St.Petersburg is for love, and Moscow is for work.

    Und tatsächlich ist Moskau deutlich weniger verspielt als St.Petersburg. Auch wenn es hier ebenfalls eine Vielzahl wunderschöner Gebäude gibt, spürt man in Moskau viel deutlicher die Macht und die Wucht dieser Metropole. Die Mischung aus alt und modern ist auch hier überall sichtbar.

    So laufen wir staunend über den roten Platz mit dem mittelalterlichen Kreml, dem wunderbaren Kaufhaus GUM aus dem 19. Jahrhundert und der alten und beeindruckenden Basilika-Kirche; lösen aber gleichzeitig in Bus und Metro unser Ticket direkt mit dem Handy oder der Kreditkarte.

    Wir durften in Moskau an einem Kochkurs teilnehmen, mit einem unglaublich netten jungen Paar, das ohne Probleme zu unseren deutschen Freundeskreisen zählen könnte. Wir haben Borsch und Dressed Herring gekocht, Vodka und süßes Bier getrunken und über die Probleme unserer Generation geredet, die scheinbar überall auf der Welt die gleichen sind.

    Uns geht es gut unterwegs, wir genießen die freie Zeit, genießen die Zeit zu zweit. Wir gehen viel Essen, Frühstücken und Kaffee trinken, probieren viele einheimische Gerichte und die durchaus gute russische Küche. Und wir bewegen uns viel mehr als Zuhause, und das tut verdammt gut.

    Doch nach zwei Wochen in der Stadt freuen wir uns nun erstmal auf den Weg in die Natur, auf Irkutsk und den Baikalsee. Mal sehen wie es uns in der berühmten transsibirischen Eisenbahn ergeht...
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Moskva, Moskau, Moscow, Moscú, Moscou, Maskva, Moskou, Moskovu, Москва

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