Day 174a

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ay 174… Today we head to the iconic Red Square with a local guide, Helen #1. This beautiful cobbled city square is framed by St Basils Cathedral, the opulent GUM Department store, the imposing walls of the Kremlin and the fairy-tale building of the State Historical Museum. Here we visit Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution which ushered in the era of communism, at his austere mausoleum on Red Square and view his embalmed corpse lying in state. Then we enter the Kremlin grounds which house the oldest and most important churches in the country, where many Tsars and Tsarinas are laid to rest. Also head inside the Armoury Museum which houses a glittering imperial collection of regalia and items once belonging to the world’s richest monarchy, including Faberge eggs and ambassadorial gifts.

Outside the guys and I went to see some of the extra churches we missed, and on the way back to meet the remainder of our little tour group we saw the ACTUAL P.M Vladimir Putin’s cavalcade drive by with him in his official stretch limo, apparently he has just opened Russia’s first ever mosque for any Muslims to pray in… there were saluting guards and all! After that we split up after a Russian lunch and our awesome guide Ulia gave 3 of us a free tour of the Moscow metro train stations. I know, you are a real thinking “how dull!” But let me tell you, it’s worth jumping on are land off train station  (but staying on the stations) as Moscow rightly has the most beautiful train stations on earth! They each have different chandeliers, and gorgeous art festooning the walls and ceilings. .. frescoes. .. paintings… murals… ceramics… mosaics… gold leaf… friezes. They are also technically the deepest at 82m underground. At the end of that I went on my hop on hop off boat cruise to see some iconic buildings from the water including some cool sky scrapers. After a quick McDinner I go to see the Kremlin, Gum etc at night.

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