Rainy day at the Kremlin but really good. Then I took the group around the famous Moscow underground. It was just 28 Roubles for a ticket (about 1 GBP) and the underground is like an art gallery. Just amazing. We just saw 2 stations but every station is different with paintings and mosaics. Spent a couple of hours at the shopping street, Arpad, though to be honest it was pouring with rain so I just sat in McDonalds for 2 hours and sorted out the train tickets for the group for this evening’s train to St Petersburg.
The Russian high speed train was modern and state of the art and when we got off the train at St Petersburg there was loud Russian music playing to get us in the mood.
Checked into the hotel and we had dinner included at the hotel tonight at 9.30pm. I always go and check out the tables for my group beforehand. I was quite shocked to see that we were due to eat right in the middle of a speed dating event in a huge beer hall. Nothing I could do and at least my group had a sense of humour. Actually the Russian speed dating was quite entertaining. Another late finish.
Early start for our Moscow city tour. We saw an interesting convent and cemetery, but the group were itching to go to Red Square and if I’m honest so was I. There was a music festival at Red Square so we couldn’t really capture the whole square but it was great just being there.
Lenin’s Mausoleum still a hotspot.
St Basil’s Church a real symbol of Moscow.
Gum Department Store
Moscow Department Store on Red Square
I am embarking on a new tour to Moscow and St Petersburg, both new destinations for me. I have done my homework and will have Russian local guides throughout. I was picked up at 02.45 a.m. this morning for my journey down to Heathrow for my flight to Moscow.
The flight was late and we arrived in Moscow late. Immigration took forever and it was very crowded – I was really worried about getting my 36 clients together. It took 2 hours to gather the group with their luggage and get them out to arrivals. As a Tour guide the first day is always tough.
It really has been a hell of a day. The journey to the hotel through the Moscow traffic took another 2 hours and check in at the hotel was slow. My group had dinner at the hotel – buffet at 10 pm. They ran out of food – perfect end to the day!
St Basil's Church on Red Square