FUN-travel: Moscow – Day 3

July 8, 2014 by  

Day 5 – Saturday, July 5 – Moscow – blue skies w/ occasional big puffy clouds – 70’s – sunrise 0’dark:30 – sunset – after 10 pm

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Church in Kremlin

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  • 7:00 – typical morning
  • 8:00 – breakfast – nice fresh fruit
  • make sandwich to go
  • 8:45 – bus departs for Kremlin tour
  • No traffic!
  • 9:30 – 1st sop – Armory museum – priceless collection of opulent treasures including weapons
  • gem-encrusted armor
  • gold & silver wares
  • coronation thrones
  • jewel studded crowns
  • sable fur trimmed hats & capes
  • ornate gowns w/pearls, silver & gold thread
  • carriages
  • & Elizabeth’s coronation sleigh (pulled by 23 horses)
  • 12:00 – 2nd stop – Kremlin Regiment – changing of the guard – held only on Saturday’s in summer – includes both mounted Calvarymen & foot soldiers
  • 12:30 – walking tour of grounds includes world’s biggest bell weighing 202 tons and biggest cannon never shot because the cannonballs weigh 1 ton each
  • 1:30 – bus back to ship
  • 2:00 – lunch
  • 2:30 – nap
  • 7:00 – dinner as usual
  • 11:00 – sleeping pill

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Having hard time getting over jet lag

FUN-fact – Kremlin means fortress and is a self-contained medieval city with palaces, armories, and cathedrals. It is enclosed by high walls 2.25 km long with 20 distinctive towers.
More FF – The Easter egg collection by jewelers Faberge each open to reveal amazingly detailed miniature objects – most famously a clockwork trans-Siberian train made of gold, platinum locomotive and ruby headlamp created to commemorate the completion of the Moscow-Vladivostok line.

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