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... is used as a pocket. The horses are never petted and, when at the ger, are tethered to something that looks like a clothesline. The mares are milked to make a fermented daily drink called airag, which Andy enjoyed, but which was far too sour for me. When tethered the horses shake their heads continually as they are plagued by horse flies and “miggies”. The Mongolian farmer runs all his stock together in one herd – ...
... to run every 30 minutes but if our understanding was right they were due within 4 minutes of each other and in 7 minutes time. We waited…and waited…and waited. Our hopes were raised when locals joined us at the bus stop and that is a good indication that a bus is due. However, our hopes were always dashed by the arrival of a bus that was neither a number 8 or 25. 40 minutes later we were finally sat on the number 8 heading in the direction of ...
... big enough as we bashed arms a couple of times (though without the force of a Chris O'Hare shove). At the turn I left him and galloped home. Garmin died, so I don't know the time, but low 19s is all, probably, after a 6:22 then 6:10 mile. Lovely, and the spirit is very similar, water and sweets for all at the finish, cool down in the sun and friendly waves all round as people left. Left for the next race, in the case of the Russians, for a snooze ahead of more athletics in ...
... Red Square is the GUM building which is to Moscow what Harrods is to London. GUM stands for state Department Store which evokes memories of shelves of unsold junk & queues for basics. The difference between then & now is a measure of how much Russia has changed. GUM's elegant Victorian era arcades are now full with designer label stores rather than shoddy products. Not ...
... true that understanding the beginning and end of the universe is not going to produce a better toaster…For me one of the great virtues of science is that it’s a cultural activity, like art and literature and music it enhances the experience of being human and it addresses the questions that I’m sure you’ve asked about your own existence. If we can get new insights into our own ...
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Yes, beware It's a Price trap
Beware!!!! Rates are shown in "PRICE UNITS" and not in any denomination... WHAT ARE PRICE UNITS???? it's a trick to rip off unsuspecting tourists. And later when you check out you get a horror experience. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!
As tourists, we were incredibly disappointed! We paid a lot of money and did not get the service we expected. Note that we LOVED Moscow - the only thingwe hated about the city was the hotel. The staff are a bunch of 20-years olds that have no clue about anything related to tourism. They gave us a map (when we asked for it) and said they would answer any questions. But they never could.They never had any answers for basic questions, such as "How do you find a tour?" The metro is hardly close by, and as 2 young women, we were terrified to walk back to the hotel from the metro at night. Another example is when we were leaving and struggling to get our suit cases to the lobby. A staff member watched us, then stepped over our suitcase and walked past without helping us.
First it should be noted that hotels in Moscow are ridiculously overpriced. Depending on the season, if you are fortunate enough to even find a room in a decent hotel, you may end up spending $500 or more per night for a decent hotel. What's more, as one reviewer previously noted, you are likely to be charged in the famous "currency units", which is likely to be pegged more closely to the euro than to the dollar (this is a shameful trick done by all Moscow hotels -- including the major Western chains such as the Marriott).
Not the freshest apple on the tree
It is a boutique hotel in terms of size, but not, I'm afraid, in style. Our room was small and decorated in an alarming colour scheme of black and bright orange. It was comfortable enough and the service and food were good, but it is definitely not a design success. As yet, Moscow has not got a proper boutique hotel, of the sort and standard found in Europe and the US. For a moderately-priced hotel full of history, try the Sovietsky; for pure style and grandeur, the newly-decorated Savoy is magnificent.
We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in may 2006. We've booked a double room through this site, and we got the price of 200 dollars a night. When we were checking out, surprise, surprise: 200 dollars for them aren't 200 dollars, but 200 a thing they call "currency unit" (c.u.), with a rate similar to 1 euro. Thus, in the bill we were supposed to pay 25% more than what we had agreed to. And there was a tax, that never was told before, of more than 15%. We told them that that was not honest, and in capitalism you have to respect contracts. We asked for the manager, and another surprise: there was no manager on duty! He was at home, and nobody was at charge, at 1 p.m. When the credit card bill arrived, another surprise: They charged another bill of 334 dollars, besides that of 990 dollars. For 3 nights, more than 1300 dollars, in a 3 star hotel!!!!!!! And the breakfast is 25 c.u. a person. Can you believe it?!!!
My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night trip to Moscow. Having never visited the city before, I decided on the Golden Apple after some extensive internet research. This was the best decision I could have made. The hotel is very modern, and although the rooms are on the small side, they are very well appointed with extremely comfortable beds! We had breakfast in the hotel a couple of mornings, and the selection and service were both first class. The young, english-speaking staff were all highly efficient, and we enjoyed some expertly made cocktails in the trendy bar area. The hotel is located just off Tverskaya which is packed with bars and restaurants, and is just a 5 minute walk from the famous Pushkin cafe.
Just spent 3 nights at the Golden Apple in Moscow and had a great time.
Excellent Facilities and Service
I stayed in Golden Apple in May and enjoyed every minute of it, especially its staff--everyone was very attentive, professional, helpful and courteous
What a nice feeling in Russia!