Arthurs Village & Spa Hotel
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... seeing. These being: Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi, various museums and the GUM also known as The State Department Store. GUM is a 'must see' shopping mall dating back to December 2, 1893. It is a spectacularly impressive and massive building that has been a thriving commerce address since then with the exception of the Soviet era when it was largely converted into government offices- except for a few places ...
... only a few are working at the moment as the whole park is undergoing a huge renovation, replanting and spring clean. Would estimate that there are 50- 100 cleaners, painters, gardeners and plasterers working on it at the moment.
And of course - McDonalds on a prime site overlooking the gardens and opposite Red Square ! Gasping for a coffee ...
... and my pockets were full of random things i couldn't squeeze into the pack.
We cleared customs and boarded our flight with no problems and I tried to sleep for the 4 hour journey.
First challenge, getting from the airport to the city center where our hotel was. I was expecting this to be impossible as we cannot read Russian, but luckily for us, all the signs were in English and so were some of the ticket machines! So on the train to the center we ...
... but after walking along a main road for two hours, we gave up. The only shops they appear to have here are cosmetics shops, florists and sushi restaurants. Also there are a million banks. We did manage to track down some supplies near our hostel though and, without too much stress (we did need a few beers and some crab flavoured crisps to recover), made it to the train station ready for our Trans-Siberian ...
... the Russians doing the same to them. They had drills in school for what to do during nuclear war as well, and it made me think about how much fear of "the enemy" is put out by our governments, when the enemy could be just as fearful as us. And how quickly it changes from a country being our ally in the war to being our enemy. Then, going to the back burner when our focus shifts to the middle east. You have to wonder where it will shift next.
Speaking of WWII, we ...
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