Mercure Arbat Moscow
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After 5 hours on a plane with some very drunk Russians, meeting our driver was a relief. Then we had a Moscow traffic experience - couple of hours in stop start traffic, no actual lane marking most of the way, no seat belts, random lane changes, and stops for a smoke (our driver). Great guy but we had no Russian and he had no English …
On Friday, we were treated to a Moscow Greeters tour with our guide, Maria. Our guide - and the tour she gave us, were fantastic. Maria showed us some of the old streets of Moscow with their history and old buildings and the Embassy area, not far from where we are staying. Then on to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a church …
Our next contact with Moscow Greeters was with a lady named Vera. Today, she arrived at the hotel to show us around. Vera had arranged for her son, Seva and husband, Oleg, to join us. What a great day we had. Seva is 10 and learning English and husband Oleg is an engineer and very keen photographer - 2 cameras …
... to put on the life jacket. We docked in Uglich at about 6:30 pm and began our land tour. We went to the Church of Saint Dimitry or known as Church-on-Blood, also known as Church of the Spilled Blood. Most churches do not allow pictures to be taken or do not allow pictures to be taken with a flash or charge you at least 100 rubles if you want to take pictures with or without a flash. We had a fun evening with our host family :-) ...
... big faces they have. I would grin back at them, stupidly, through shock and happiness to see them seemingly let their guard down for a moment. Bit on a whole this didn't happen, stern faces and weary grunts, to the point where dan told me off for saying thank you as 'they just don't do that here' and felt it was annoying them more!
Sadly though indecision/post lightening storm shock/heatstroke we missed out on getting some babushka dolls which ...
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