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... a little bit rundown although they were doing some maintenance work.
The hotel complex is huge - 4 hotels together and the Gamma Delta hotel was where the foreign athletes and the media were accommodated during the Moscow Olympic games in 1980. Now there are a lot of tour buses using the hotel and there are a lot of stretched limos around as well. Neville has been busy taking pictures!
Two hundred and twenty km north-east of Moscow is Suzdal, a small town with a big history and a big attraction for tourists. For us, getting here involved a frenetic trip through the Moscow metro where changing lines required a lot of asking Russian only speakers for help, pointing at maps, getting on and off trains, going up and down really long escalators, ...
After brekky, the 14 of us plus Olga piled into a nice little minibus (an 18 seater Merecedes Sprinter for all you Bus Spotters out there) and took a 5 hour bus journey out to a little tourist town called Sudzal, about 200 kms east of Moscow. This town has 33 cathedrals and about 12 000 locals. The journey out of Moscow took forever as the traffic is quite terrible. Traffic jams everywhere, ...
... it now houses a small museum of ancient weapons as well as a great diorama of the Mongol sack of Vladimir, like Suzdal and pretty much every town in Russia at the time (except Novgorod and Pskov), Vladimir was devastated by the Mongols in the 13th century and never really recovered: the destruction allowed the small town of Moscow to gain preeminence.
After leaving the gate, I made my way back along Moscovskaya Ulitsa to ...
... houses, and the village of Suzdal was no exception, with intricate carvings around the windows, and all very brightly painted.
In the evening we enjoyed a three course meal at the same local woman’s house. It was very good food, all traditional Russia foods. We started with a small salad with goat’s milk feta cheese, followed by Borsch made from beets in her garden, followed by chicken ...