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... waiting.The attraction on the main island is the large monastery that was founded in the 1500’s and for some years from 1920 onward was used by the Soviets as a ‘gulag’, one of the harshest ones in existence. On a pleasantly warm day we explored the heritage village at Malye Korely. There are over 100 buildings that have been moved here and preserved. Some so much so that they look quite new. Each building had a date on it, Some of the churches ...
... in the other hand and, we think, had a foot pedal for the largest bell. With delicate hand movements he could ring one, or several, bells at once, alternate between them, play loudly or softly, fast or slow. It was amazing to watch, and made sense of what had looked to me like a tangle of ropes! We also experienced parts of several Orthodox services. Very different from Quaker Meeting, of course, but also very different from a Protestant Church Service in the UK. For a start, the inside ...
... Cathedrals and Squares as well the official buildings of the Russian Government.
Lunch with Mr Putin ?
I doubt very much he wants anything to do with any Europeans at present.
This part of my visit was very disappointing.
A lot of the buildings look fairly run down.
I would have thought that, being the centre piece of one of the biggest and most powerful countries on earth, everything would be in pristine condition.
... big celebrations were carried out in the past and still are today. I was a bit disappointed to see that the square isn't actually red but many of the buildings are surrounding it so I wasn't completely let down ;-) Smile update - We have experienced a lot more smiles in Moscow! Now it is just plain confusing. We have no idea what to do with our face when we meet people. I'm going for a semi neutral/half smile that I can quickly stop in it's tracks or turn into a full smile if ...
... a local guide called Anya. If anyone has travelled through Europe you'll know how it goes: the tour is free but you're expected to tip at the end. That's all fine with us. There was about 17 fellow expeditioners on this tour and Anya showed us some beautiful churches, some back streets, told us some stories of the Soviet era, and generally showed us around the downtown area, and Red Square. Steve managed to correct some of her interesting expressions - " World War ...