Mercure Arbat Moscow
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... architecture, '30's, 40's style statues and iconography...simply transfixing. The photos won't do it justice but will give you an idea of what we mean.
After resting at home for a bit we went downstairs to a fancy pants restaurant in the basement of our hostel to celebrate the day. Had a pretty good meal, along with some bubbly and red wine and got some nice photos taken by the waiter. Toyed with the idea of consummating the engagement but passed out instead.
... our power-sightseeing enthusiasm and we feel we didn't do the city justice. Moscow is a very nice place, clean and architecturally pleasing, we just wish we could have seen it in the sunlight. The highlight for me was stumbling upon THE best hot chocolate and cookies I've ever tasted at a coffee shop called the Coffee Bean near our apartment. Heavenly. We managed to stock up on cookies for our train ride to Beijing, which is the next chapter in our adventure.
... are very rare, Mobile Apps non-existent as of now. It is a major challenge to obtain clean and extensive data. According to ABT the 10-15 major TMCs operating in Russia, actually have a great deal of data, but are not willing to share it. A general concept, that has been mentioned by other hosts too - co-operation is very limited, everybody is fighting for his own good. On the other hand, a great deal of poor reporting can be related to the ...
... we were staying a porter ran to us for our bags and took us inside. Straight up to the 31st floor we were shown to the end of the corridor. It felt magical looking inside as right in front of us was a huge window overlooking the harbour and city. Feeling a mixture of excitement, tiredness and a little bit stinky it was shower then bed. No sleep for roughly 49 hours makes for a very sleepy Yasmin.
... and discovered that we were in one of the newer trains which included a plug socket, fairly comfy seats and bed and a blackout blind. Sadly there was no private bathroom and not a sign of a shower in sight, but at least we were only sharing the bathroom with 14 other people rather than 30+ in second or third class. Our rather middle class version of this journey is probably much duller than it would have been had we decided to sleep on a shelf in third ...
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