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Get the overnight train to Moscow which was pretty basic but I'm told is luxury compared to what is to come. After checking in to hotel Akademicheskaya (AKA: Гостиница Академическая, try finding that on the map) get the Metro to the city centre, the underground stations (Brown line in particular) are amazing with chandeliers and mosaics and statues …
MOSCOW, RUSSIA After more than two weeks and 10,000 miles from Japan, I finally made it to Europe, and to one of the most expensive cities in the world: Moscow. If I had not visited the countryside of Russia, I would have been fooled into believing that Moscow represented the Russian standard of living. Wide boulevards, majestic neoclassical …
... but instead of a wall you would hit a staircase that went up to the double bed, half of which was over the top of where our bags were and the other half was back over the corridor... if that makes sense. It was bloody tiny. I'm currently sat on the top bunk of an overnight train carriage which has four beds per cabin and I'm finding this spacious. It was however, only 30 quid a night. Our three days in Moscow seemed to fly by. We ...
... an active monastery with monks and students who study here for the priesthood. We were met by one of them who is in his final year of study and who accompanied us for part of the way.
We walked past the Refectory which is beautifully decorated on the outside with pillars painted with vine leaves and having chequered walls. We then went into the Church of St Sergius which is at one end. This is extremely elaborate inside with a rich iconostasis ...
... and stay up until the morning. Because it is so far north though, it is not even really dark at 1:00 AM this time of year, which is also sort of surreal.
The last day in St. Petersburg was Friday, and we took a boat ride to Peterhof, which was the summer palace for the Tsars. It is enormous, with amazingly beautiful fountains and landscaping. I've been to several castles, and though the Nazi's burned most of the interior of the buildings, so they are not ...
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