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To Motobelka...

Hi Motobelka

I would just like to say THANK YOU very much for all the help you’ve given us. I’ve been asked by Liz, a mother of one of the skaters watching this thread to pass on her thanks, along with Terri (team coach) and Janet. Not sure what us bikers would do without this site? The amount of hard local Intel that you’ve provided is first class, thanks.

So, at the moment it’s looking like we’re getting into Moscow (Sheremetyevo ) at around 8:15pm - Then after reading your post it looks like it’s better to catch the bus, as we’ve probably got more bags than people, and it will cost less.

Bus from Sheremetyevo to the hotel which I think is the “hotel renaissance” (129110 Russia, Moscow, Olympic prospectus) but, I’m still waiting for conformation on this.

On the subject of the “fixer” yes, I think we agree that we need somebody but I’m not sure if Terri is sorting this out with NISA, I’ll get back to you on this point thanks for calling your friend.

On the day off (Sunday) red square and the Kremlin are on the list, not sure about what else. I guess it would nice if you could provide some info on a nice place for some food. (English speaking) but we do have somebody from the Ukraine with us, thankfully.

Will we need your help pre-booking a bus, or will that be easy to sort out. ?
I think that’s it for the moment, anything more, I will be in touch or if the plans change.

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Shaun
(thanks to all other posters as well

PS: had a look at your pictures nice bikes. And that route you did looked cool as well. How long did that take?
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Shaun, Hi again!

Single day sightseeing for first timers really has to be Red Square and the adjacent Kremlin. A guided tour with an English speaking guide is well worth while. A short walk along the river is the relatively new Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which is impressive.

Art/culture lovers would enjoy a visit to Tretyakov Gallery - again, about 10 minutes walk from the Kremlin.

Arbat is THE street for visitors - a sort of Covent Garden atmosphere, with many souvenir sellers. There is a good 'all ages', cheap Russian restaurant called Moo Moo, with a large statue of a black and white cow outside, about half way down the pedestrianised street of Arbat.

As your party is mainly younger adults (nice expression?) they will find no shortage of McDonalds, but a fun 'ethnic' chain of eateries is Taras Bulbar. Not Russian but Ukraine, the decor and dress of the staff is fun for first timers as much as old hands (I like it!!). The food is good and interestingly different too. Often with live traditional music, singing and dancers.

Although spoken knowledge of English is not as common as in, say, Paris, most places have menus printed in English if you ask.

Sunday is just about a normal day for shops, restaurants and everything else.

Over to you "Motorcycling Squirrel" (Motobelka!)
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Shaun, Hi again!

Single day sightseeing for first timers
Hello Tony

Thanks – will research all that 2mora, sounds like just the ticket.

Everything nearby which is good with only one day we might have some time Monday but not sure what time the flights are. Off to bed now, early start for me in the rink tomorrow.

Thanks for everything Tony – nice one dude!
I liked the motorcycling Squirrel gag

Shaun
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With the amount of planning gone into this trip and the extremely helpful folks on the HUBB - I owe HEAPS of drinks to HEAPS of people - I'm going to be pissed the whole time I'm away .

One month to go then we're off - I'm getting fidgety . . .

Hi m8.

YES - extremely helpful folks on the HUBB.

right, i'm logging off and going to bed..... enjoy your trip michael, set up a blog so we can watch your progress

Shaun
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