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We went onto the Peter and Paul fort tour and the insides of the church was unbelievable in it's
opulence. Not so for our friend's pocked which was pick for nearly $500. They are so quick!
Back to the hotel for a quick change and then a cruise through the canals drinking vodka, champagne and eating chocolates.
After the cruise on the river Neva, we went off for a plate of cakes and then a walk around town until about 10.30 whilst still light. ...
... for NZ18 and prue and blouse for NZ15 and a cardigan. The prices are cheaper, the sell not so hard and we wish we had a bit more time just to look especially at the furs. The bus arrives and we drive through the village and the houses are exactly what the Mandrogi ones are based on; intricate carved lintels, doors and window surrounds, painted bright colours and all have large vege gardens, They not so large but obviously family homes. Here also we spy a ...
... Her parents got a priest to bless her and she was cured and had no memory of what had happened, apparently.
Anyway, back to Moscow. We visited the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which is the tallest Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the world at 338 feet. The original 19th century cathedral (that took 40 years to build) was destroyed in 1931 by Stalin to make way for a Soviet Palace that was never built because funds dried up. The new cathedral was started in 1994 ...
... a relaxing time of tea and cakes.
It was then time for our last supper and an overnight train back to Moscow. It was “all quiet on the western front” as students slept.
Late slips given: 4
Lost items: Camera, memory card, phone and two students.
Quote of the Day: You mean the lady I have been sitting talking to for the last hour is NOT our tour guide?!
... a tailwind all the way so we landed about 45 minutes early. Got through customs fine after a decent queue. Withdrew what seems like a lot of money at the ATM but in reality wasnt. About 30 roubles to the dollar at the moment.
My first chance to practice my Russian wasn't glorious (just asking for directions to the toilet) but I made myself understood. Those language books have paid off! Caught the shuttle bus from the airport to ...