Top Secret Underground Bunker

Top Secret Underground Bunker

Saturday afternoon:watches synchronized – almost – departing Alpha Echo headquarters in stealth mode @ 12:00 or (thereabouts); Our mission: locate unknown Russian underground facility – AKA Bunker42.     We headed to a named, if not known, Metro station to meet a named if not known tour guide. The order, if we decided to accept it … Continue reading

Patriarch Ponds

Patriarch Ponds

It’s 9.54 am and this expat is rushing for an appointment at 10:00; Mrs Expat called shotgun and is, as ever, in charge of the GPS. (this expat, who, at 13, was the only one in the house who could set the timer on a video recorder, is now a bit of a technophobe – … Continue reading

Gorky Leninskye Estate: Lenin’s Dacha

Gorky Leninskye Estate: Lenin’s Dacha

     With the early morning sun during the summer come the reluctant early rises, we are two of them. Today’s reason? An early morning haircut appointment. To make the most of the day, plans were afoot to dare to travel outside the Moscow city limits, trusting only our temperamental GPS, our Russian map book and … Continue reading

Radisson Royal Flotilla River Cruise

Radisson Royal Flotilla River Cruise

With the recent arrival of our guests, we finally had an excuse and opportunity to hop on board the Radisson Royal’s Flotilla. These beautiful, sleek, super-yachts travel along the Moscow River all year round and offer the most stunning views of Moscow. In the summer they have open decks and in the winter are billed as … Continue reading