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Well that's what came over the tannoy on the train as we drew into Leningradskiy Station. There must have been some Americans on the train! Geography aside, the high speed train was a real 21st. Century, experience smartly dressed attendants and good service. This bodes well for the next …
... GUM is now high end fashion shops - Versace, Prada, Armani and so on. Maybe there'll be another revolution. By the time we had visited GUM, Lenin's tomb was closed. Vladimir only takes visitors from 10am to 1:30pm and has Mondays off for a massage and a haircut. So we wandered over to see the tomb of the unknown soldiers and eternal flame and changing of the guard. Very impressive and solemn. (Editor: to coincide with the Olympics, the Institute of ...
... but instead of a wall you would hit a staircase that went up to the double bed, half of which was over the top of where our bags were and the other half was back over the corridor... if that makes sense. It was bloody tiny. I'm currently sat on the top bunk of an overnight train carriage which has four beds per cabin and I'm finding this spacious. It was however, only 30 quid a night. Our three days in Moscow seemed to fly by. We ...
... turning back Sally Pearson who had her best effort of the season. Usain Bolt eased up in the 200m but still ran 19.66 to beat his countryman Warren Weir. This prompted the headline 'Bolt no fear of Weir near'. Adam Gimli of Great Britain who is still a junior was a remarkable 5th just outside the medals. In the semi-final he just squeaked under 20 seconds for the first time.
One more day to go.
... in the tomb and it was generally a surreal experience. Glad we went.
Having ticked that off the list, we decided to go have a quick loo stop in Gum department store, which was actually an arcade with lots of designer and western stores. Apparently during the Soviet period Gum was one of the very few stores which still received western goods which were often impossible to get elsewhere. The arcade was very pretty and the loos were free, so I don’t think you can ...
TravelPod Member ReviewsZolotoy Kolos Hotel Moscow
A good, large clean room, well appointed and all in excellent order. We were welcomed although we spoke no Russian apart from sign language and spasiba (thank you). Breakfast was ok for the first two mornings but as this morning is Mayday breakfast was not available so we self catered!
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