Check Out And Check In
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Up in the morning and finished packing. Obviously not quickly enough as the maid had tried to get in to the room three times, despite check out not being until midday. When we were finally sorted we headed down and dumped the bags in the hotels luggage room and checked out no problem. Time left for one more look around Red Square and we took the metro down to Teatralnaya.
Hard to explain the draw of Red Square, but it does have a real atmosphere due to all the history. When we were about to leave it was just coming up fpr 1pm and we went round to see the guards changing again at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier and then headed back up to the hotel. Picked up our bags and then off on the metro for the last time down to Paveletskaya to get the train out to the airport.
Having found our way from the station to the metro no problem on arrival, we managed to find ourselves out on the street with no signs of a train station. After a walk down the street we saw it hidden across the road behind sheets of corrugated iron. The road was yeat anotherone that was to busy to cross and we had to walk back up to the metro station and use the underpass. Walked along the front of Pavelesky Station and picked up the signs for the Aeroexpress and followed the directions to get to the ticket office.
As you go through the station to the train there is an airport check in area and you can get your boarding pass there and get rid of your bags, but our flight check in wasn't open yet. Again it was just 45 minutes out to Domodedovo Airport, and when we got into the airport the board said our check in would open in 10 minutes, so it wasn't worth doind anything else so we just waited.
The arrival of security people was the first sign that it was about to open, and they checked the visas and put a wee security sticker on the back of the passports. Check in was really slow, despite only a dozen people in front of us. One of them took the same time to check in one passenger in the time the girl beside her had got through five. Finally got checked in after 35 minutes.
Had a wander round the airport and then went upstairs and got something to eat at a pizza restaurant and then proceeded through to passport control. Again they were as thorough staring at the passports umpteen times before letting us through. Plenty of Duty Free Shops greet you as you go through and went in and bought some stuff. Carried along and went downstairs to the departure gates and found a shop to buy some drinks for the plane. A wifi hotspot meant we could while away the wait logged on to various sites and at 6-20pm the flight was called and we boarded the plane for take off at 6-40.
Pleasant enough flight with BMI, and an OK meal and free beers meant the time getting to Heathrow didn't drag.