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    Gardening, dogs, judo.
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    Vodohod, Mosturflot, infoflot

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  1. Yes, we first used their services back in the nineties, - way, way, before Morskoy Facade and the accompanying cruise ship traffic came along. Frankly, I'm not sure if they are just being nice to us at this point for the sake of the old days, but I've been going back to them ever since. Guilty as charged, on all three counts 🙂 Actually, I first picked the avatar pic and then had to come up with a username to match 🙂. Never got around to changing the avatar. I wish this site appreciated the usefulness of private messages - I'll drop you an email instead.
  2. As a side comment - it is, and the vast majority of their guides I've ever dealt with are excellent, even if waaay overqualified for their regular whistle-stop routine. Dogsforfun, thanks for your port link - it is indeed a very useful planning tool.
  3. Also note that to apply for fan-id one also needs to have their match tickets firstThe first round of sales ended in December, the dates for all matches are already known. It's a straightforward but somewhat time-consuming process, but it's very well worth it - and doing it via a cruise is a smart move: if 2018's World Cup is any indication, hotel prices around game dates will be ridiculously high.
  4. Wait, wait - if that "soccer game" is one of UEFA games, the point is moot, as to get to the actual game you will need not only a ticket but also a fan-id, which doubles as a full-fledged Russian visa anyway.
  5. You mean a private tour from Moscow? I've been to both (assuming you mean 1812 war memorial in case of Viaz'ma), but not with a tour. That said, even the (significantly) larger Borodino is best visited when they have some kind of reenactment going on (which, afaik, usually coincides with the anniversary of the battle).
  6. I guess, if hanging out with throngs of Nordic and Finnish weekend booze cruisers can be classified as chilling 🙂 Some of the bars catering to that crowd are top notch. Again, wouldn't probably pick Murmansk as a stand-alone tourist destination (other than for catching a glimpse of Northern Lights), but the town can be quite lively and fun. Also, as to the deleterious effects of communism - rest assured, most of the postapocalyptic stuff you see came about as the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, rather than its existence.
  7. Well, since Murmansk and neighboring towns host several units of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy, I'm not all that surprised with some extra precautions. That said, I really like the town, especially in winter. Crazy weekends there...
  8. Oops - I have just noticed the building on that piece of vodka candy is not Moscow State - it's the building you had on one of your earlier pictures 🙂
  9. Kalinka is "little guelder rose berry" 🙂 Incidentally, Malinka is "little raspberry". Here's some of my favorites: If you end up in Alyonka store, don't miss out on the ones shaped likea bottle and the ones with the University building on the wrapper. These have alcohol in them - yum!
  10. The building in your photo is a residential building, not MSU. The University is a bit farther out, you can't really see it from the center. Again, great photos, thanks for sharing!
  11. I think having a thread like this is a great idea - and thank you, @trosbery, for taking the time to post. Wonder why others are hesitant to chime in. I would, but my contribution would be too helpful - we did a 2d1n run from Moscow.
  12. Great pictures; this post well deserved to be brought back from oblivion. One thing, though: your metro map is about a decade out of date. Here's a more recent one:
  13. If given a choice (and a reasonable price offer), I would recommend taking the restaurant car - especially on the way to Moscow. The ticket price includes about a ₽2.3k food allowance, with an airplane-like boxed re-heated main course running at about 4 to 6 hundred roubles. I'm never able to use the whole allowance over the course of the 4-hr ride, so I just get water/chocolates/snacks that can last you until you can have some proper lunch in the city. If purchased about a month in advance, these restaurant car tickets run at about ₽7k ($120-150), one way.
  14. Most likely 🙂 I'm not saying the itinerary is perfect, by any means - but it's a little more in depth than what I saw on various tour sites. I feel like if I do end up on a day trip to a city like Moscow (an arrangement that is less than ideal by definition), I might as well suck it up. If I almost necessarily have to skip all the museums except the Kremlin, I might want to see the areas where the locals congregate (either Gorky Park or VDNKH) for some people watching. As to the trains - you could get some solid seven hours of sleep on an overnighter. The benefit of those newer double deckers is that there are three bathrooms per car, which makes morning toothbrushing routines less of a challenge. Anyways, just thinking out loud - a friend (early forties, with 2 teenage kids) wants to do a Moscow run next summer, and I'm trying to come up with something doable and reasonably affordable. Thanks for your comments.
  15. Okay, I think the diy budget might be something like ₽20,000 (about $300) per person. This includes: Train tickets: ₽9000 (5+4); Kremlin+armory: 1700 (1000+700) Boat ride:600 Metro:200 Meals: 3000 (1500 per casual meal) Contingencies (Uber ride if needed, etc): 2500. It's based on a number of assumptions, so real-life mileage will vary - please let me know if you identify some glaring omissions or errors. Assumptions: Done on day 2 of three. Good weather (lots of outside/walking time) Earliest Sapsan to Moscow, overnight double decker from Moscow (no hotel stays) Train tickets purchased at least 30 days in advance, economy for Sapsan and economy plus for the double decker (includes a bottle of water and a piece of gingerbread). All group members are adults Done on a day when the Kremlin, Red Sq, and other Moscow attractions are actually open. Boat ride via watertrams-radisson.ru (the cheapest option with English audio guide) Sample itinerary: leave SPB on Sapsan 743a (5:30am), sleep on the train. Arrive Moscow 9am DIY Metro tour until 11am Kremlin excursion (cathedral Sq, DIY) 11:30 Armory excursion (audioguide) 12:30 Quick lunch (at GUM stolovaya or fast food chains at Manezhnaya sq) : 2 to 3pm. Walk to Zaryadye boat pier via Alexander's garden, Red Sq, Zaryadye. Boats leave every 30 minutes. Route: Zaryadye- Gorky Park - luzhniki- Ukraina - turnaround - sparrow hills - Gorky Park. Time on board: 2 hrs. Gorky Park/muzeon (5:30 to 7:30). Head back (metro) towards red sq for evening walk/dinner (tverskaya-kamergersky-b.dmitrovka-metropol-nikolskaya area) Need to be back at the train station by 10:30 to catch the 006aa train departing at 10:50. Back to SPB at 6:47 am. Doable?
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