Vodka and Submarines......
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
12Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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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
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.