Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel
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Our trip to Zargorsk was insightful. What seemed a small fortress opened into what was a religious centre and renowned as a centre of Russian art and architecture. Inside a working monastery still exists and for those who wish to remain eternally young a well that produces water with apparently magical properties. We all had a sip, who knows what …
Off the train and onto the bus we made our way through Moscow and took in the city sights. This included the near suicidal nature of driving that is common in Moscow. It amazes me that there is not more problems but the driving in Moscow is really scary.
We were taken on a tour of the Moscow Metro system which Stalin called the people's …
... scholars and philosophers, but the Romanov names have since been re-etched. We also learned that Ivan the Terrible has had a bad rap all these years. Terrible really meant Formidable or Fearsome - it was lost in translation. He changed the political landscape back in the 16thC and introduced centralised government, which lasts to this day.
Finally Helen took us inside the Kremlin walls. A very ...
... in case it is some sort of explosive device. Good safety measure but it doesn’t make you feel that safe.
Historical political propaganda is everywhere. Lenin is everywhere. There is almost no Stalin evidence as Khrushchev removed a lot of the Stalin memorials. Russia lost 30 million people in WW2 and they are very proud of thier victory (think lots of memorials with soldiers stamping on Nazi swastikas, etc.)
There is still a serious hangover from the ...
2:30-2:45 PM Get lost while trying to actually find info session location #2 (the instructions to "turn right at the yellow building" doesn't help if you are faced with three yellow buildings on a single street corner)
2:55 PM arrive at venue minutes before scheduled start time of 3:00 PM
3:00-6:00 PM Info session #2 plus 2 hours of Q&A!
6:00 PM Painful walk back to hotel after standing in heels for the past three ...