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Published: March 17th 2013
After a break,determined to complete the Russia blogs before the anniversary of the trip.
We arrived in NN and the driver who met us took off at a fast pace to his car which was parked some distance from the station.It was grey,cold and raining,a real shock after the warmth of Yekaterinburg.We checked into our huge hotel situated next to the Lenin statue and near the bridge over the Oka river to the old town and the famous Kremlin.Maxim Gorky, the famous Russian playwright, was born here and it is still listed as Gorky on railway timetables.
We caught a bus into town as it was so wet and headed to the Kremlin.It dates back to the 15th century,has 12metre high walls,13 towers and overlooks the point where the Oka and Volga rivers meet.It is largely in tact and we were able to enter at the Dmitry Tower and walk in side the walls.It has a lot of steps and the views were great despite the weather.We ended up at the WW11 memorial with the eternal flame and the small 17th century Cathedral Of The Archangel Michael.
We walked along the pedestianised main street and eventually found Biblioteka,an
Italian restaurant above a bookshop hence it's name.Nice food and good to get out of the rain.After dinner we found McDonalds and got some milk for a much needed cup of tea.** I would like to say now how brilliant Stephs travel kettle has proved to be on this trip**
The following morning we checked out of the hotel after breakfast and walked over the bridge as it wasn't raining.We found a lovely church with a great example of the famous colourful Russian onion domed roof.More of these later...
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