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... one of those Groucho Marx glasses, fake nose and moustache, gets on a push bike and cycles around the corner where he then changes vehicle to a Chinook helicopter or something similar!!! Being Russia it maybe less Groucho Marx and more Karl Marx!!!
Around the corner from the State Kremlin Palace is the Tsar Canon. This was forged and cast in the 16th century and although hasn’t been used in warfare, there is evidence that it has been fired once. The ...
... open top bus tour to see a few extras. In amongst the mix of old Soviet concrete and modern condos, we saw at least 3 ( I think) of Stalin's 7 Sisters - huge skyscrapers built as hotels, government buildings, university etc - similar in style to , say, the Empire State Building. The Kremlin was a bit hit with everyone. Much bigger than i had expected and housing far more than the political buildings I had thought were the main focus. Cathedrals, offices, barracks and ...
... as well as entrance to the Hospitality area where there is free food and drink at each session. This means that we do not have to spend any money for meals! We also have seats in the man straight just near the finish line.
The highlights of the first three days have been:
The Opening Ceremony on the first night. The Russians celebrated achievements in Science, Art and Music. We had Blow up Rocket ships, the Periodic Table ,a whole lot of ballet stars on ...
... Petrovsky, Sretensky, ChistoprudnyP and Pokrovsky Boulevards which were built by order of Catherine the Great. Each Boulevard features beautiful tree lined gravelled paths,garden beds of tulips, grassed areas full of dandelions, statues to eminent Russian writers,artists, statesmen and engineers and playgrounds. Summer brings out the people - many with their shoes off- and these parks provide a cool haven for the ...
... we hung out with them for a bit in the dining car, which sold the most miniature sausage sandwiches I have ever seen!
The last night the cabin was empty, and we arrived in Moscow at 4 am Thursday, having been on the train since 4PM Sunday Moscow time! A long hot shower and some proper food (we found subway at 6am!) were well in order at this point!
Its really snowy in Moscow; apparently the heaviest snow in ages, so it should make for an interesting few days!
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.