The Kremlin & Armoury

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Buildings inside the Kremlin
Today we headed out to the Kremlin and the Armoury. The Armoury is meant to be a really interesting place which contains a lot of Russian artifacts. However I was a little underwhelmed by it. Maybe I'm all museumed out from all the musuems in Europe, and not as easily impressed anymore.

After an hour at the armoury we headed for lunch. I had my cheapest meal in russia here. Spent about 70 roubles on a hearty stew compared to the usual 200 roubles. This is at odds to everything I've been told. That Moscow is really expensive for Russian standards and International standards. It's apparently the most expensive city in the world.

With lunch over, we headed to the Kremlin and did an audio guide tour of several of it's cathedrals. The sheer scale and beauty of the Kremlin is amazing.
I think what made it more beautiful was the lack of crowds and the snow. I'd hate to imagine the crowds here in summer. The snow capped cathedrals towered over you.

Later on after the time we spent at the Kremlin we headed to an old palace which had been converted into a supermarket. It was called the Yeliseyev Grocery Store. Odd choice to use an old palace, but who am I to stand in the way of progress. It could possibly be the most gorgeous place to do your grocery shopping. If I had to buy groceries anywhere it would be there. The stuff there wasn't particularly overpriced either. It's hard to explain what its like to shop there. If you've been to London, its like the food court at Selfridges. A huge place with a very wide selection of goods.
The Kremlin again
Heck, the vodka section was a room in itself. Aisle after aisle of ornate bottles holding the colourless liquid which would warm me up on the coldest of days. We decided to purchase a bottle for the train journey to Siberia. After getting some advice as to a suitable vodka to consume on a train, we did a little more shopping before we exited back into the cold Moscow streets.

As always with travelling in winter, the sky began to get dark quick. So we made plans to grab a few drinks on our last night in Moscow. If you can't enjoy a quiet tipple with friends when your travelling, then it would be a sad state of affairs. So being in Russia, we drank what all good Russians would drink. Vodka. Just like our night in St Petersburg, things got messy quick. With this in mind we decided it was a good idea to eat.
I had a Duck L'Orange. With dinner finished and loads of vodka in us, we stumbled home. What makes travelling in winter great is that if you do spill onto the sidewalk there is snow there to cushion your fall. As Jaz found out. We must have looked quite funny heading down into the subway. There we were 3 grown adults sitting on the escalators down towards the subway system. I don't know why we were sitting. I guess once one person did the others followed. Let me say its very different going down sitting rather than standing. There is a whole different perspective, and feels like you are going down a slide in slow motion.

What made my night was the look on Jaz's face when the doors closed on the train right in front of her face as she was hurrying to make it on but ultimately was too late. It wasn't a face of panic or anything, it was more bewilderment. It was one of those moments where it takes you a few seconds to process what just happened. We were in stitches. Anyway we got off the next stop and lo and behold when the next train came, she was right in the cabin infront of us with the biggest grin. Once we were all onboard the same cabin once more we all laughed until we got home.


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Buildings inside the Kremlin
Buildings inside the Kremlin
The Kremlin again
The Kremlin again
Entrance to the Kremlin
Entrance to the Kremlin
Huge cannon at the Kremlin
Huge cannon at the Kremlin
Ice sculpture of a soldier/guard a…
Ice sculpture of a soldier/guard …
Vodka selection at the Yeliseyev G…
Vodka selection at the Yeliseyev …
Some tasty duck lorange for dinner
Some tasty duck l'orange for dinner
Anastacia topping up our shot glas…
Anastacia topping up our shot gla…
Sitting on the escalator down to t…
Sitting on the escalator down to …
Jaz falling into the snow on the w…
Jaz falling into the snow on the …
Some random buidling in Moscow.
Some random buidling in Moscow.
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