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... city lights. As we entered the centre of Moscow the road ran alongside the river. The wall of the Kremlin on our right and the bridges lit up on the left. We were dropped about 500 yards from most of the major tourist attractions. The taxi driver couldn't find the door but did find the building so we hopped out. We then walked up the side of the building instead of through the entrance gate. After a little bit of wondering I popped in to ...
... around inside the red walls. We saw a number of old churches inside which were remarkably not torn down during communist times (kind of ironic that the extremely anti-religious communists had so many churches chilling in their kremlin). Along those lines, we ended the walk at The Cathedral of Christ the Savior where our guide told us that Stalin had plans to demolish the church completely and in its place stick a giant, hideous, 100 story 1,600 foot ...
... as though we have something to hide. Thank god I bought a hairbrush I would hate to be detained looking like this. We are suddenly in Moscow's Kievskaya station and not quite ready to get off so it's a mad rush....it's now 6.25am. As we walk off the platform we start to get some funny looks.....are we the oldest packers in town! Major construction going on to station and surrounding area so as we traverse the various pots holes and stripped Tarmac.......not easy ...
... all contained a panoramic view of different war scenes that curved around the walls with physical props along the ground on the bottom to give you a sense of perspective. It was really well done. The rest of the building was pretty effective too, with walls covered in black and white photos of the war.
In the evening it was onto the last train of the tour, an overnight trip to St Petersburg. The quality of this train was far better than the rest we'd been ...
... over the last five years. Talking to a TM of a global operating company as Accenture, was a great start to understand a foreign perspective and the challenges in Russia. Olga mentioned that due to their global client base, Accenture had been able to build and sustain mutual partnerships, e.g. Accenture consults Marriott and Starwood hotels and in return receives better travel rates. The latter obviously helped them in Russia too.
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center