Day 2. Red Square and the Kremlin, Moscow

After sleeping like logs, we tucked into a delicious breakfast in the hotel's executive lounge where we had been invited after receiving a complimentary room upgrade.  The buffet selection was broadly similar to the main hotel restaurant but we received a more personal service from the waiting staff and were able to sit back and …

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Day 1. Moscow – the ultimate winter break

The previous evening I had taken the train to London to meet up with my son in Hammersmith.  We'd chosen Hammersmith as it was on the Piccadilly Line and meant we hadn't far to trundle our large suitcases.  After a tasty meal of fish and chips we returned to the nearby underground station for a …

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Day 2. The Kremlin, Moscow

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 4. 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. Sokolniki Park, 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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