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The Golden Ring

Steve C explores the area known as the birth place of Russia

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Hi All,

Phew, I finally have time to sort out my email contacts which somehow got lost in the system between various email accounts. Russia is not the easiest place to send and receive emails, mobiles and international calls at any time. And its been all go over here with not much opportunity to get online.

After finally extracting myself from Australia with all sorts of last minute hassles, I finally made it to Moscow, then spent a week in St Petrersburg, as per my previous posting.

This week I have just completed a 3 day whirl wind tour of the Golden Ring area north east of Moscow. Saw many churches and Museums in Alexandrov, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Suzdal and Vladimir. Golden domes galore, and original painting and icons by Andrei Rublev et al circa 1000-1200 ad plus. Magnificent medieval world art. Many photos to come.

In the end I didnt see much of Moscow, except the underground Metro railway which is an over the top underground palace for 9 million commuters every day, more than London and New York combined. Even more photos to come.

I am now in Prague staying temporarily in a VERY nice serviced apartment with a GREAT all you can eat breakfast, allfor a moderately expensive, but affordable sum, just off Wenceslas Square near the National Museum. I am very tempted to stay here, but will move to cheaper digs tonight. I will be able to stay here for a week for nought with my friend Klara once I contact her this weekend.

Then I'm off to Vienna, Budapest and Krakow for a week, before returning again to Prague. Anyway, all's going well. Am having a great time. Robbie the Robot say 'hello'.

Ciao for now,

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Life on Nevsky Prospekt

Steve C reports on street life in St. Petersburg

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Hi All,

Well, I finally extracted myself from Australia and landed in Moscow briefly then straight on to St. Petersburg. What an interesting city, with rivers, canals, grand palces and extranagant churches. Plus unbelievable traffic on Nevsky Prospekt (the main boulevard) where everyone hangs out. Had mors and bliny (cranberry juice and pancakes) in the Pushkin Cafe where I enjoyed the local talent of piano man and woman singer singing songs of love and grief.

Right now I am sitting in the Internet Cafe of the Hermitage Museum (the Winter Palace). Fantastic rooms, furniture and decorations on a grand scale, very impressive, not to mention the art tressures from all over the world.

A few days ago I went for a boat tour of the city through its winding canals, past stately mansions and apartments, and onto the Neva River with its fountains and music displays to entertain the masses. Truly the Venice of the North.

The temperatures here have been in the low 30's but the humidity has been high making the whole city swealter ( a bit like Brisbane weather). Still I'd rather be here in Summer in plus 30 temperature than in Winter in minus 30 temps.

I am staying here in a very comfortable 6th floor apartment right in the centre of town (the Kings Cross district equivalent) for a very affordable US$400 for the week which I was able to arrange through private contacts. But I only have cold water for showers, and you cant drink the water here either or you will be poisoned by heavy metals or get the Gaurdia parasite for life.

I will be returning to Moscow on Tuesday 21 Aug for a week, then on to Vienna on the 30 Aug.

Thats all for now. See you all soon.

Do svedania,

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