Vodka and Submarines......

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
Trip End Nov 19, 2012

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Maria's House

Flag of Russia  , Central Russia,
Friday, October 26, 2012

After a great trip to St. Petersburg I spent the next few days just relaxing a bit and exploring interesting things in and around Moscow. I did some research before I left and found a ton of smaller kinda not so publicized things to see that not many people know about. Even Maria and her friends didn't know about them! LOL!

First up was a really cool huge Russian nuclear submarine that once patrolled the North Sea and is now open to the public for tours at a nearby Naval Museum. No one there spoke English but Maria did an excellent job as my personal translator LOL. The Russian guide quizzed me about the different types of Russian submarines and was impressed with my knowledge (I had been on a captured Scorpion Class submarine down in Long Beach).

After checking out Russian world ending war machines, we stopped by a great new mall and also did some shopping at a nearby market. Before heading home I wanted to have a beer but surprisingly there aren't that many actual bars around, but they do have these small beer stands that are nothing more than basically a guy with kegs of beer selling bottles for take home only. You can't drink it there. And of course what goes better with beer than dried fish LOL! Maria was shocked when I told her that no bars in the US have fish hanging all over. Maria said it was good and convinced me to buy one. When we got home she showed me how to eat it.

The next day I really wanted to check out the Vodka Museum which is again located off the beaten tourist path in a replica of the Kremlin from back in the old days. There are a couple of museums there, a giant flee market, and street vendors selling all kinds of things. It's also a popular place for couples to get married. We went during the week so the place was pretty much deserted, but I was told that on a nice sunny summer weekend the place is packed. But the Vodka Museum was still open so we checked that out, then we had lunch and I bought a few souvenirs at the market. I was freezing my ass off so we didn't stay very long.
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