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Moscow Oct 3

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The tour took us back down to visit the Kremlin. The Kremlin is the old walled city within a city and is like a large compound filled with numerous buildings. Such as a royal palace


and, of course, churches.



After the Kremlin tour, we decided not to go back to the boat for lunch, since it was 45 minutes to an hour by bus each way and we were coming on the afternoon tour to the Novodevichy convent. So we stayed behind, visited GUM briefly again and wandered the streets a bit. Found a sidewalk cafe for a lunch of delicious small pasta like pockets of veal, chicken, mushroom, and numerous other varieties.

As we walked, we passed the Bolshoi theatre


and a Lego Yoda.


We took the Metro a few stops to meet up with our tour again. The Metrp station we exited from had one of the longest escalators I have ever seen.


We visited the Novodevichy convent. It was used as a repository for female relatives of the tsars who were awkward to have around. Peter the Great's half sister Sophia was one such. He tried to intimidate her further by having executions conducted outside her window and ordering that the corpses be left there for two months.

But the place is quite beautiful nonetheless.



Next to the convent is a cemetery where many great Russians are buried, including Anna Pavlova


Anton Chekhov


and Nikita Khrushchev.


Posted by JimShirl 13:18

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