Date: 11 July 2017 Location: Viking Akun on the River Volga on way to Uglich. After another pleasant breakfast we assembled at 09.00 to have a 1 hour lecture on the history of the Romanov dynasty. Well done, but a lot to take in! Around 10.30 we passed the bell tower of a church that…
We headed into Moscow early this morning for a brief tour, including a number of the famous underground stations. We visited Red Square, including the GUM Store.
We had another great breakfast. Wosog tried the French toast, and I had eggs Benedict. We were going on an excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery. The weather still dull but slightly warmer and hopefully less wet than yesterday!
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr
Our first day in Moscow. The weather very overcast: cold, wet and generally miserable! We had a very pleasant breakfast on the boat followed by the compulsory safety drill at 10.00. We got a chance to look silly wearing bright orange life jackets. We chatted with the couple in the room across from ours.
This is the first of a series of posts about our River Cruise in Russia. I plan to post some of my 500 or so photographs from the trip on the blog, but I have computer problems at present so they will need to follow later. I decided not to publish these posts in real time to avoid advertising the fact that we were on holiday. Welcome to Russia...
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