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Moscow Market Day

Refreshed after a good night’s sleep in our comfortable bed, we were ready for our first full day in Moscow. Alexey, who’d already been up for hours which is his way, gave us a tutorial on using the new, high-tech DeLonghi coffee maker. We were nervous that he may have bought it because he knew […]

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To Moscow by train and our next adventure

One final spectacular breakfast at the equally spectacular Kempinski Hotel, and we were off to the train station. Alexey had kindly made all arrangements, and in no time, we were happily seated in our luxurious car. Moscow is about a three and a half-hour train ride southeast from St. Petersburg, which gave us ample time to see […]

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Goose Goose and Goodbye to St. Petersburg

With only one more day in St. Petersburg, we decided to stroll and eat and take a more leisurely pace. The weather was a bit chilly and overcast but nothing good Minnesotans and Muscovites couldn’t handle. With pizza and a prix fixe “businessman’s lunch,” Goose Goose was our choice for a hearty, well-prepared meal. The […]

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On to the Russian Museum and the Mikhailovsky Palace

If a person wanted to sample more than 400,000 works of art covering all of the historical periods, forms, genres, styles, movements and schools embracing nearly a thousand years of Russian history, a person would be standing in The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg right this minute. Even reading that description (entirely plagiarized from the […]

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A day at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

It’s Hermitage Museum day! This has definitely been on Liz’s bucket list forever, so excitement ran high. Palace Square and the Hermitage were just a stone’s throw from our hotel, but once we arrived, we had to do a certain amount of arguing and milling around to decide which of the palaces was which. We […]

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Lift bridges open during White Nights in St. Petersburg

This is a middle-of-the-night post as that’s the only time to experience the once-in-a-lifetime wonder of the lift bridges opening during White Nights in St. Petersburg. The practical fact is that the bridges open in the middle of the night to let the commercial sea traffic pass through. The magical fact is that masses of […]

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