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wrestpete
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Moscow

Has not changed ( Sky Line ) since my visit in 1957, which can not be said about London.

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Re: Moscow

Not bothered about either place....  ! Roll eyes

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Re: Moscow

Not been to Moscow but would love to go.

I'm a regular visitor to London. A fantastic city. I agree with Dr Johnson😊
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Jonpe
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I would have liked to have visited Russia when it was a hardline communist state.  A few colleagues of mine did, and one with a disability wrote to the Russian Embassy (or tourist office, I'm not sure) beforehand inquiring about meeting up with Russians with similar disabilities to compare notes.  The reply was that there were no people with disabilities in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics!  Since she was going to Moscow, as most tourists did, it might well be true that there weren't any in that city since special permission had to be obtained to live there, especially in areas where contact with foreigners was likely/possible.

wrestpete
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I agree, I doubt if anything has changed since 1957. We were the First Westerners to visit since their 1917 Revolution. All us athletes from all over the world were their to Perform and also celebrate their 40th year. We were housed in the University on Moscow hill .Enormous place, and as it was in July (Vacant).  The Metro was out standing.

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I worked in Moscow several times since 1998 as an IT manager and also as a business man. I liked the normal people there, they had a great sense of humour. Their underground railway system is good too once you get used to reading the Cyrillic placenames. The road traffic is scary if you are a pedestrian.  Just watch out during rainstorms. When it rains in Summer it tends to be a heavy deluge and the large gutter pipes from the older Soviet style buildings discharge outwards onto the footpaths almost like a firehose. In the Winter, well, any sensible person wouldn't be outside. It gets COLD.

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wrestpete
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Alaric,

Not sure if you watched World Football, but the background to the Commentators seemed to focus on Basil's Cathedral and Walls and Towers of the Kremlin. They did not Focus on Lenin's Tomb or G.U.M. Store

      When you were there, did General Public still queue to see Lenin, also when we were there, St Peter's Burg was Leningrad.

The Architect of Basil's Cathedral had his Eyes removed so that he could not reproduce this colourful Building. I found that the G.U.M. store, very much like our Oxford St. Stores. I purchased a hand made  Balalaika, for a few Pounds. Difficult coming back on the 75 Seater Plane back to Gatwick. 

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One of the projects I worked on was about 500 metres from Red Square, so I did walk across it many times. I went in the G.U.M. a couple of times just for the experience, though I didn't bother with Lenin's Tomb. It's strange how Red Square seems a lot smaller compared to when you see it om TV during the May Day parade. You were more likely to find me in the Guinness Bar under the rear of the Telecoms Ministry.  

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@AlaricAdair wrote:

It's strange how Red Square seems a lot smaller compared to when you see it om TV during the May Day parade.

A lot of it is to do with the camera angle, like estate agents' photos always make the rooms look bigger, and the sky in the external property shots is always blue. Grin

wrestpete
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Forgot to tell you, that the 75 seater Plane was a Dakota.  Before when I travelled in this type of Plane, there were no seats, but a supply Aircraft, and you had to strap yourself to the Dexion framework. But just a short hop from Brize Norton to Northolt.

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Don't tell Michael O'Leary or it will be standard practice on Ryanair from next summer. Shocked