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... highlight was a group of 5 male choristers singing in one the chapels. The echo of the voices made it sound even more amazing. History states that the architect had his eyes gouged out so he couldn't create another similar church. The next stop was Gym (pronounced Goom). I learned at school that this was a glass roofed market. That was 33 years ago in the middle of the communist era. What a difference a generation makes. It's now an upmarket shopping ...
... fancy tricks with their rifles including scaring the life out of us when they fired them into the air at the end. There would have been about 30 of them and when they fired it was very loud!!!!!
We also saw the world's largest bell and the Tsars cannon which is also pretty big. Apparently it has never been fired, but it is pointing to the Government offices which our guide suggested is no coincidence.
We headed back to the boat ...
... which starts tomorrow. Some of the bands were rehearsing so we did get to hear some music and admire the onion-shaped domes of St Basil’s Cathedral at a distance. Unfortunately it was not possible to visit Lenin’s Mausoleum. We went into Gum Department store which is absolutely amazing -nothing like it was in the 70s when there was nothing much to buy. It is now all designer stores such as Louis Vuitton. All we could afford to buy was lunch ...
... evening we were off to the awesome Moscow circus! We had been excited about this all week when we arrived there were different animals to see in the foyer! How exciting. The sad part was feeling sorry for the poor animals. I would have loved to have see a more people orientated circus but when in Russia... The acts were spectacular! We saw stunning trapeze acts and funny clowns plus some cool horse and dog tricks! The most impressive bits were the elephant acts where ...
... vodka and a shared Russian antipasto that started with caviar and blini and went on from there with salads, mushrooms and so on; Jerry and I had veal cutlet Pojarski, Jeanie had duck and Jeff had reindeer; the others had the Russian degustation, a little bit of five traditional Russian dishes. A Spanish rioja was the terrific accompaniment. Everyone was pleased. Dinner met our expectations-excellent food, elegant atmosphere, outstanding service-and very ...