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May 28th 2017
Published: June 22nd 2017
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Tretyakhov was a successful businessman who amassed a large collection of Russian paintings. The Soviets confiscated his collection and his house museum, then appointed him the Director of the State Museum. I found a handful of the paintings engrossing but was not really engaged for the whole visit. A pity, because our guide was very knowledgeable and she worked hard to point out interesting aspects of a good selection of paintings.
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We visited the State Tretyakhov Gallery where Russian paintings are displayed. Svetlana gave a very informed commentary on many of the works, wirelessly talking into our ear pieces.

Then after lunch we rode the Moscow Metro, on and off for several stops to view the highly decorated stations. Luckily our group of 14 is very considerate and punctual, so it was smooth sailing. The Metro was built in 1935 and it carries nine million passengers a day, around its 200+ stations. The deepest line is 83m below ground. We never waited more than a few minutes for our next ride. It costs about $1.50 for a single entrance and you can ride and switch trains as often as you like. Over 65s travel for free. If you go out the turnstiles you'll need another ticket to get back in.

Then around 5pm we embarked on the Volga Dream for our cruise to St Petersburg.

Incidentally, it was easy to change money. Moscow has many 24-hour, manned change booths that will change Roubles for Euros or USD notes. I didn't ask if they took AUD but I imagine so. The exchange rates are very close to the official rates so it was a
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This " Moonlight on the Dnieper" fascinated me. This downloaded image does not do it justice, but at first look the painting appeared almost totally black except for the moon and its reflection. Then, as I looked closer more detail emerged - a windmill, houses, a church: it was almost like magic!
good experience.


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Like the streets and footpaths, little or no rubbish or graffiti to be seen. We are told it's not a matter of deterrence, vandalism is just not a problem in Russia. Huh?


31st May 2017

I wonder if he had the missing Goya paintings? I studied Goya at Uni and my lecturer/tutor was convinced the Russians stole them and hid them.
31st May 2017

The only ones on display were Russian paintings. I guess stolen Goya wouldn't be advertised!

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