It was the summer of 2015. We were bored, tired and desperately in need of a break. Our passports had just got renewed. It was a perfect time for a holiday. However, most countries require… More
You know from ‘To Russia by Chance’ that our plan to go to Nepal in November 2015 had to be cancelled. Vinod’s and my annual leaves were approved. I was almost desperate to travel. I couldn’t think of any other destination which offers visa on arrival to Indians and which we hadn’t visited before. Then, Vinod suggested going to New York.
(This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 2’ posted on 30 Apr 2017)
It was our last day in Russia. Our friends left soon after breakfast. We had a couple of hours before our flight. We could have used that either to shop for gifts and edibles at the grocery nearby or to visit the famous Tretyakov State Gallery. We thought about the options and quickly decided to visit the gallery. Shopping could be done at the airport.
(This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 1’ posted on 20 Apr 2017)
It was day 2 of our Moscow tour. It was going to be special because we were scheduled to visit the main attraction of Moscow – the Red Square. Situated in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square has historical, economic, political and religious importance. Over the years, it has served as a market, a ground for public executions and a site for parades and demonstrations.
(This post follows ‘Russian highlights’ posted on 10 Apr 2017)
Our family friends Maged and Berta arrived and we were super-excited to explore Moscow! Our tour guide – Katya, a young Russian girl, arrived on time to ‘pick’ us up. In Moscow, ‘pick up’ means the guide will come to the hotel and escort us to the tour sites on public transport for which we are supposed to pay. ‘Pick up in car’ means the guide will take us around in a private car, the cost of which would be included in the tour price. Weird way of expression! Why is it called a pick up when it’s not one?!
(This post follows ‘Arrival in Moscow’ posted on 30 Mar 2017)
Our friends were scheduled to join us two days later. So, Vinod and I planned two days’ of Moscow sightseeing with them. Meanwhile, we decided to utilise the evening of our arrival day by visiting the Kolomenskoye estate. We explored the once-royal grounds and got acquainted with the Russian architecture of olden days. The area was huge and lacked proper signage. That is why we missed seeing the most important structure there – a reconstruction of the wooden palace. However, we enjoyed the greenery and the distant view of the Moscow river.
(This post follows ‘To Russia by chance’ posted on 20 Mar 2017)
When our flight landed at Vnukovo International Airport, passengers started clapping and cheering. This was the first time we saw that. Personally, I see that as not trusting the pilot to be capable of landing safely. In that case, I would not fly with that airline. Conde Nast Traveler editors share their views on clapping after landing in the article, ‘Please don’t clap when the plane lands’.
In November 2015, I realised I had many days of my annual leave pending; which I could not carry forward to the next year. There would be no use taking annual leave if we were not travelling. So, we decided to go to Nepal.