Moscow Version 2.0: The Clown and the Kremlin

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March 8th 2004
Published: February 28th 2006
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The morning brought out Kremlin tour. By this time, we had the impression that the city seemed to be quite well funded, and even though there were signs of poverty all around, it was easy to still see the city as the capital of one of the world's superpowers. We passed Putin’s residence, a number of churches that served the Czars, the world’s largest canon, and what I am fairly sure was described as the world’s largest bell. When visiting the sights around the Kremlin, I was
surprised to see that the Russian government has now taken a fancy to funding restoration projects of Orthodox sights. The entire area around the Kremlin is either pristine or heading that direction. We saw a nice museum that displayed the wonders of the Royal Family, and the treasures that have survived to this day. However, by this time we were starting to slow down from the excitement of being in the country, and our itinerary allowed for this. The next stop was the Russian circus. It incorporated some of what I had expected a circus to have, but the whole production was centered around the theme of a storyline that emerged between various acts.
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Hey, a pink church
Something about a big human bird that is out to get someone. Again, it was in Russian and those that had the ability to translate were seated with other members of our group. Five stars for the visual production though: they had platforms that swung down and were switched out for Ice, water, and sand.

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Church off Metro

There were bright coloured churches everywhere
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