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... by a driver working with the company to bring us to the hotel.
We checked in relatively smoothly and were given a walking tour soon after settling into the room. I have learned a couple Russian words of "hello, thank you, and bye". I find the emphasis they put on words at certain syllables is unnatural to me.
The walking tour brought us around the city via public transit. We saw ...
... breath we jumped on the moving staircase for, I would guess, probably the last time!!
St Basil’s cathedral (you know, the iconic building with all the whirly coloured, different sized onion domes.) Ivan the Terrible?? Yes, that’s the one. St Basil’s is actually 9 churches in one. Inside was a myriad of small chambers, whilst some are empty, others contain artefacts from the 16th century; leftover masonry from the original ...
Days 35 to 38 – Moscow
Our visit to Russia was supposed to include two stops; St Petersburg and Moscow. When we tried to check in for our flight to St Petersburg at Riga Airport we spent a good 45 minutes finding out that our flight had been cancelled. Not that day mind you, but some time ago. So long ago that nobody seemed to know the flight was ever offered. We were directed to a special customer service desk. Thankfully we had our confirmation ...
... true monarch, despite her lack of royal blood or Russian heritage. One way was to commission artworks celebrating the Romanov family, like this statue of Peter. It linked her in the people's minds to this popular Emperor, subtly establishing her legitimacy as Empress. The Moscovskiy train station is about 4km from our hotel, so we arranged to have a car take us there at noon. Navigating the train station was one part of the trip that I was a bit anxious about. We had ...
... but stumbled & got passed by a Russian. David Oliver of the USA who three years ago was the best but had never won a world title easily prevailed. New Zealand interest was obviously Valerie Adams & as she has been all season was far too good collecting her 4th title in a row which is a women's record. It was disappointing that most of the crowd had gone home by the time of her medal ceremony but it was good to ...
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