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Russian Heritage: Moscow, the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg

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Program #17051RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
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Julie Laitin Apr 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

William and Susan - I arrived in Moscow alone last year, but thru Trip Advisor found a fabulous car service that's reasonable and was very, very reliable: youarewelcome.su. The person who runs this service (believe his name is ALAN) writes perfect English and was so nice that when I left St. Petersburg and wrote to him to see if he serviced St.P, even tho he doesn't (yet) service that city, he called the car service he uses when he's there that was completely reliable, gave them his membership number, and had them pick me up -- which they did, right on the nose. When I arrived at the Moscow airport (you give them your flight details), they even TEXTED me when I was at customs to let them know the driver was waiting for me -- which he was, with a sign. The driver also showed me where the ATM machine was at the airport, so I could get money out there and then. Whether you go together or apart, you'd do well to use them. They're the same price as a cab and they're a great service, equal or less than other services.


Julie Laitin Apr 20, 2014 at 05:37 PM

Another thought before you leave: Find a color map of the Moscow subway system -- one that has both English and Russian names at each stop, and print it out before you leave. I don't think they have any good ones there. ALSO when you get there, you MIGHT want to buy an 11-ride metro card (or whatever denomination you want) that you can use for both metro and buses. At the metro, you just wave it in front of the seeing eye at the entrance gate and it lets you through. It saves you from having to purchase a ticket every time you go into the subways.


Mary Martin Apr 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Thank you so much for the suggestions. Very helpful.
Julie Laitin Apr 19, 2014 at 05:09 PM

Great. Enjoy your trip!


Julie Laitin Apr 18, 2014 at 04:15 PM

Re: Fabulous restaurants in St. Petersberg near Park Inn at the circle at the end of Nevsky Prospect: 1. Baklajan, in the shopping center/Galleria (2nd or 3rd floor with all the other restaurants) just beyond the train station (30,Ligovsky prospect) and 2. Moskva/MOCKBA, near the subway stop, add: Nevsky Prospect, 114, also in a building with shops (I THINK called Ginza but not 10)% sure). Baklajan less expensive but both worth the trip/taste/cost ($50± pp). Ask your hotel for directions. An easy (5 min) walk to/from your hotel. Both are owned by the same company -- and both really fabulous.


Julie Laitin Apr 18, 2014 at 04:03 PM

James -- Thank you SO MUCH for reminding me about the cursive part of the lessons. I did the same thing -- just went past that stuff, since there's really no need for it. So glad you're finding it helpful. I wrote the letters/words with letters in them/sounds on a separate paper and took it with me to Russia so I could review it now and then. You'll be amazed how much you'll remember. I was in a museum when a guard there answered a question and starting talking (or rather playing charades) to me. Then he used the word "samulyot" (airplane), referring to a model in one of the showcases, and I know exactly what he was talking about bec of the lessons. Who wudda thunk?
Julie Laitin Apr 19, 2014 at 05:08 PM

James, I don' t have your email or tel, but I have LOTS of thoughts about your last email. I went with my sister, and we planned our itinerary to India, so we had PLENTY of time to (for ex) STOP at a 6 person village and talk (with our driver as translator) to the women (all the men were out working, sometimes for months at a time) there -- who were a couple of years older than we and looked about 80! OTOH, we did NOT eat at any houses or play cricket. Your interests sound so much like ours, and your disappoints wouldn't be so profound if you had been able to go the way we did. Would love to share more, either by phone or email, so if you wanna send either/both to me, do. My cell phone is 917-841-8566. Lots more thoughts!


James B. Apr 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

(Website's been flaky much of the morning). Julie refers below to Youtube "World Russian" lessons. I've now taken the first 2 and find them quite useful. Go to Youtube and search "Russian World Lesson 1" (and then 2 and then 3 etc) and they pop right up. As there's not a lot of time, I'd suggest fast-forwarding through the cursive writing sections but transliteration should be a lot easier after taking the first 6 (total 3 hours minus at least 30 minutes of unnecessary cursive).


Julie Laitin Apr 17, 2014 at 05:19 PM

One other thought: When in St. Pete, go to the folk dancing at night. It's very touristy, but also totally fun. (Even our guide told me to go.) Someone who accompanied me the first nite liked it so much he brought his wife a few nights later. You need to take a subway and then catch a bus, but that's part of the fun. On the way back, seeing St. P at night is glorious! (Just remember to get off the bus at the right stop or you'll have to backtrack, which I had to do.)


Julie Laitin Apr 17, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Sally and James, please please write to me and let me know how you enjoyed your trip after you return. I really want to hear how it went. jlaitin@julielaitin.com.


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