Moscow & Bolshoi -- in the rain

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Not, this is not a museum -- it's a metro station !
Day two started by waking up around 4:30am and trying (in vain) to get hot water. Oh well -- it eventually got hot around 6:30.

This created a bit of slack before the day's touring -- very helpful for actually getting unpacked and oriented. Then, off to see more of the city.

Gentle rain most of the day, heavy at times -- so there are fewer photos. We ducked inside when we could, but most places do not allow picture-taking. Kremlin is a remarkable fortress full of historic buildings. The cathedral in the picture is one of three on the same square inside the Kremlin (although they are not all truly cathedral-sized ....). Golden onion domes everywhere you look. Countless old, not-so-old, and refurbished buildings -- and Oleg has stories to tell about each one ! Most of the stories are palace intrigues and treachery .
Mom is missing her cat, Annie.
... it actually gets a bit repetitive to hear about one plot/coup/assassination after another and try to keep each in its historical context.

Anyway, we covered LOTS of miles of walking (and countless sets of stairs). A whirlwind tour of the Tretyakov gallery of Russian art set us up with not-quite-enough time to scurry to the Ballet. (Oleg is very interested in history, but forgets about little things like eating dinner ....)

Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi Ballet. 3 hours of old-style classic choreography. Lots of set pieces from groups and soloists -- but simply brilliant breathtaking dancing -- nobody does it better ! There were lots of folks taking photos at the end of curtain calls, so we assume it was OK.

Sorry to ramble -- these moments to focus are brief ...


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We made it. Long day of travel ... no sleep on the plane ... then arrive at 10:15AM and launch a day of touring !

A few photos are all we can muster for now. Click on each photo to see full-size, and to read semi-informative caption !

Not, this is not a museum -- its …
Not, this is not a museum -- it's…
Mom is missing her cat, Annie.
Mom is missing her cat, Annie.
Scott couldnt resist joining this…
Scott couldn't resist joining thi…
Oleg, our guide, has the detailed …
Oleg, our guide, has the detailed…
Bolshoi - curtain calls
Bolshoi - curtain calls
Cathedral of the Annunciation, in …
Cathedral of the Annunciation, in…
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