Special Events – Planned and Suprises

We have made it to the half way point of our epic trip and I thought it would be nice to re-cap the things that stand out the most, both good and bad. Russia, Trans-Siberian Railroad test of endurance – Lets just sum it up like this; Six days, one hot meal, no shower and…

St Petersburg Pickpockets

Okay, so here’s how the pickpocket attempt went down in St. Petersburg. We were walking on the sidewalk along Nevsky Prospekt heading back to our hotel on Saturday afternoon. We were in the midst of a crowd bottled up at the Anichkov Bridge crossing. Two men with fistfuls of flyers on either side hemmed me…

Moscow Day Three

(Carl here) since Kathy posted some thoughts on St Petersburg I figured I need to catch up a bit on our time in Russia while we’re drinking our coffee in Helsinki. Next post will include the pickpocket attempt in St Petersburg. We had nice weather for our last day in Moscow.  Cold (mid 40s F)…

St. Petersburg

I had no expectations of St Petersburg, Russia other than my lifelong desire to visit the Hermitage. After only four short days I can honestly say that I was in no way ready to leave. We had taken the historic Red Arrow train at midnight from Leningradskaya Station in Moscow and arrived at 0800, a…

Moscow Day Two

Started off with the Bolshoi Theater tour. Interesting and got to watch a bit of the technical and musical rehearsal for an upcoming Verdi opera – Un Ballo in Maschera. Getting in for the tour is somewhat of a hassle. Tours are given three times weekly – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – at 11:10 in…

First Full Day in Moscow

Our first day in Moscow was a good day. Fairly warm (getting up to about 60 degrees F) with clear skies, perfect for sightseeing. We thoroughly enjoyed our food tour with Maria from Bridge to Moscow. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and super friendly. She took us to Danilovsky indoor market to start where we sampled…

Moscow finally!

Yesterday marked a milestone – we got off the Trans Siberian Railway for the first time in 7 days, except for a few short descents onto the platforms when we’d stop for 20 minutes or so to stretch our legs and forage for supplies. Yesterday evening we had a long hot shower (not a wipe-y…

Metro Bus Taxi Ferry Day

Yesterday we got up early and caught the metro from Seoul Station to the Express Bus Terminal. That took about 45 minutes with no problems. We got to the bus station early enough to grab some breakfast for the ride. Our bus left right on time at 8:00. The seats were extremely roomy and comfortable.…