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... s economic collapse and Yeltsin's big sell-off?
We now knew ALL about that after the lectures given by our Viking guides, Natasha, Sasha and Tatiana!
On our first day we were offered a choice of two Moscow city tours-- one by bus and one a bit more demanding.
As Rick and I needed to start shedding the couple of kilos we'd gained while on board, we opted for the 'Up-Close Moscow Tour by Metro'.
This meant lots of walking which ...
... and migration are not as popular as other places in the world, so its not uncommon to meet people who have never seen someone from other countries or non-caucasians. In some cases we even became celebrities!
From Moscow we set off on our Transiberian train adventure. Read about our first leg of the Trans-Siberian train trip here.
... of banging and clanging ensued.. Great that's done....now I get some kip? No...I'm disturbed from my slumber being tapped on the leg by a very stern looking border official lady asking I guessed for my passport and managed to show her my transit visa, followed by another equally happy looking lady asking to empty bags out for checking also ( interesting on top bunk with 2 packs to empty and repack), fill in migration card and I think everyone's happy? So ...
... br> We walked past the slightly newer Church of the Deposition of the Robe, which is a relative youngster from the late 15th century.
We paused to admire a huge cannon, and a gigantic church bell mounted on a pedestal next to a church. The bell was badly damaged as a result of being doused with water during a fire.
Across the way stood a modest building, casually guarded by a few police officers. It ...
... examples of classical sculptures as well as modern pieces plus a large collection of former soviet ones that were torn down in the 1990's. Visited the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour looking at the Red October chocolate factory. Had lunch in a typical buffet - which means essentially pointing at bits of meat of unknown origin in an unknown sauce for an unknown price followed by pointing at various ways of serving potato and rice, all the while hoping you ...