Day 1.  The start of our Moscow adventure

The thought of standing in a snow carpeted Red Square on a cold winter's day seemed appealing, so we booked a few days in Moscow.  It's necessary to obtain a visa before arriving in Russia and this can dissuade potential visitors from travelling.  To help demystify the process I'll explain how we went about it. …

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Day 2. Visiting the Kremlin

Another surprise awaited us when we went downstairs for breakfast, as on giving our room number we were diverted to the Executive Lounge which was a raised area along one side of the restaurant.  Here we found lots to tempt us, setting us up for the day ahead.  Using the coffee machine initially appeared problematic …

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Day 3. Exploring Moscow

We opened the curtains to find that there had been heavy snow overnight, covering all the surrounding roof tops with a fluffy white blanket.  After a leisurely breakfast we took the metro to Komsomolskaya station which was absolutely beautiful with its painted yellow ceilings and its platforms lit by chandeliers. The station was designed in …

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Day 4. More sightseeing in Moscow

There had been more snow overnight but it was a reasonably bright morning.  Our first stop after breakfast was Lubyanka, which is the next station on Line 1 from Red Square. Climbing the steps from the metro station we could see the former headquarters of the KGB across the square.  Lubyanka was once a name …

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Day 5. Exploring more of Moscow

After breakfast, we took the metro to the new central business district, known as Moscow City. Located at the Delovoy Tsentr metro stop, the station has a modern 'high-tech' feel to blend in with the skyscraper landscape above ground. Moscow City consists of several towers built in futuristic styles, each tower having its own distinctive …

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Day 6. Our final day in Moscow

We woke to more heavy overnight snow, creating a winter wonderland panorama from our 23rd floor bedroom window.  As it was our final day, we over-indulged with a large breakfast and then bid our farewells to the lovely restaurant staff who had looked after us all week. After packing our belongings together we set off …

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