Katerina City Hotel
Travel Blogs from Moscow
Left St Petersburg in the rain and traveled first class, my dears, in the Sapsan fast train. It can go over 300 km per hour but we never averaged over 210. Sigh, what a pleasure to travel like a human instead of a sardine. I could get used to that too easy. The five hours flew by so fast and through there was Internet on board, it was too slow to …
... rule. She did delight in pointing out the irony of Lenin's tomb now facing the GUM, which is a mecca of wealth and capitalism, as well has having the icon of Jesus reinstated above its front door.
Have learnt that much of the old Soviet ways have been reversed. Where religion was outlawed now the churches have been reconsecrated. A statue where the names of the Romanov dynasty had been were replaced ...
... one of these while fishing in a river, and yes, they were large enough to trip over). The royal crown, orb and scepter are incredible; the scepter is known much more so for holding the Orlov Diamond, a 190 carat Diamond given to Catherine by her lover in an attempt to win her back. It didn't work, but she kept the Diamond. It's so big I had a hard time believing that it was a Diamond and not a chunk of glass. There was also modern necklaces, earrings ...
... to crack even the smallest of smiles, people spit a lot and you really don't have to walk very far before you come across a uniform- be it military, police or guards (we even had our bags checked and were metal detected in the Tourist Information Centre!). There are also great flashes of in-your-face wealth, with porches and Ferrari's lining the streets and a huge elaborate shopping centre standing as a mighty cathedral of capitalism next to Red Square.
As with most food shows, ProdExpo offered many unique and different things, unfortunately not much in the line of all natural. The Russian are just not there yet. Did see something incredible though; canned horse meat. After walking for a Long time covering food pavilions, we suggested we go to the spirits Pavillion. Our hosts, John, and Aaron, distribute mostly private brand wines and liquor so Steve and I insisted they ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service