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Having decided that a trip out to the Solovetski Islands would be nice my lot then found themselves with a few days to fill in hanging around Arkangelsk as being the height of summer they couldn’t get a flight out to the islands until Sunday and would come back on Monday. Back in ’98 they had tried to catch the ferry to the islands from Kim but then it was running very sporadicly and some people had been wanting a week for it so they decided not ...
We spent the weekend on a whistlestop tour of part of the Golden Ring of monasteries to the NE of Moscow with a Servas host. Highlights were the fairytale town of Rostov, where we stayed in a hotel within the Kremlin grounds. Also within the walks is a lovely garden with raised beds growing garlic, spinach and asparagus among other things. We were able to watch a young man literally 'playing' the bells. He was holding the strings of 4 different bells in one hand, strings for two ...
... eggs, not to mention all the other Faberge items.
Downstairs, there were Royal Carriages dating back to the 1600's.
Strange how they managed to travel so many miles in them.
One of the coaches was a snow coach used in the winter and pulled by horses.
One of the journeys was from St Petersburg to Moscow (600km), imagine how long that took !
What an amazing museum.
I then headed for the rest of the Kremlin, which was a ...
... we then headed out to Red Square to view yet another cathedral...St Basil's. This is the cathedral that is the one you think of in Moscow with the colourful onion domes and it is very grand. In retrospect we probably should have looked at this on another day to the Kremlin because there are only so many cathedrals you can appreciate in a day! There isn't that much to say about Red Square....it's a huge cobbled square next to St Basil's and the Kremlin, and it ...
... to rest our weary dogs and have a quiet beverage. This Irish Bar was smoky, stuffy, expensive, almost every tap beer not working and filled with surly staff. We need a better guide book!
Home for some domestics before dinner. Put the washing on at 8pm. At 1030 we were still waiting for dry clothes and some dinner! Still, a bad day in Moscow is better than a good day in Sydney!