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... would say, from my experiences and observations, that we have a slight edge in human rights and freedom of speech.
*Actually here are the rankings: (Why aren’t we all trying to move to Sweden by the way?)
-Human rights: U.S. 21st, Russia 49th http://www.ihrri.com/contry.php
-Freedom of Media: (Lower the score the better) U.S. 30, Russia 176 ...
... with use of marble and bronze and dark wood and off-set lighting. The subject material includes hammer and cycles, red stars, busts and images of Marx and Lenin, triumphal soldiers and workers, images of mothers with babies, young girls, boys with red banners, and ceiling murals of airplanes and satellites, and beautiful back-lit stained glass panels. Stalin's favourite station had larger than life bronze statues lining the platform of fighters, workers ...
... tattoo but over the days things were dismantled so we were able to get a feel for the place whilst sipping pink champagne in the Bosco cafe opposite. The shopping centres - now they were amazing both architecturally and for the fact they contained every fashion label imaginable. Try as I might to convince myself that there was indeed space in my pack for a pair of Manolo's I managed to restrain myself and walk on. Will power! ...
... After "The Great Patriotic War" as it is known in Russia, the Soviets built a massive heated swimming pool that apparently damaged the interior of Chekov's museum nearby. Yesterday I visited the grand view of downtown Moscow from Sparrow's Point. I've never seen a more interesting view in my entire life. One could see all 7 of the "Moscow 7 Sisters" at one point, see the financial district, and see ...
... unsuspecting wrong doers. Anyway it's over now. The Russian babushka dolls are nice, but expensive.
Amusing observation Russians clap when they land like they are impressed with the pilot which seemed a little strange to me, but I guess it's a nice gratitude. And they have lemon in their tea. I would have tried it but panicked with my answer to what I wanted to drink. I was unable to understand their English PA calls, this however is not uncommon.
TravelPod Member ReviewsKvart Hotel-Apartments Moscow
I found the apartment on Noviy Arbat #16 via Lonelyplanet.com and reserved through the website. On the confirmation, it provided a telephone number to call to arrange access. Thankfully, my girlfriend is fluent in Russian, as neither the lady doing the check-in nor the contract were in English. The contract has some tricky clauses that my girlfriend quickly singled out, and with a little discussion these were ultimately altered in writing before I signed.
The apartment we got, was actually a different apartment we had booked (so #16 is not the apartment we stayed in, but can't remember the actual number). Somehow, the apartment we had booked was not available. Our apartment was a little further from the centre (but on the same road) and bigger. For the 2 of us, it was huge, although the furniture was old, it was in a pretty good condition apart from the bathroom that suffered from leakage from the apartment above.
Our worst experience was on the last night, when we found the key not to be working late at night. After repeated attempts, we finally got hold of someone at the leasing agency. This took us hours. When he also could not open the apartment, we were finally offered an alternative close by. By then, it was early morning, but we slept okay in that place. They next day, we could retrieve our luggage from the original place and they agreed to a late check-out.
All in all, it was not a bad experience as it provided a much better deal then a hotel, but the service was dismal.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.