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aussiedreamer Sep 12th, 2013 02:12 AM

Hi live42day, I'll be back soon but try and get into the Little Blue Duck.....it's amazing.

Toucan2 Sep 12th, 2013 06:01 AM

Very much enjoying your report. I'll be back later to look at pictures!

aussiedreamer Sep 14th, 2013 06:22 PM

Our Little Blue Duck Dinner..........http://www.umodrekachnicky.cz/en/original/welcome
This restaurant was recommended to Sue by a work colleague.

We again used the tram to get to this restaurant and on arrival we knew we were on a winner. What a beautiful place, even the doorway is impressive. Unfortunately I did not write down what we ate exactly but please look at the menu, its so fantastic and so well priced. We tried to eat something different, we all chose a different appetizer but rotated them around the table, so we all got to sample. From memory and from re reading the current menu we ate, Saddle of deer, wild game pate, duck foie gras & duck rillettes. YUM
For mains we ate a variety of meets inc. pheasant, deer, pork and beef. Funny how I 'do' remember the desserts.....Black Forest cake, Raspberry gratin with mascarpone cheese, Apple strudel and for me the Flamed Pancakes. Woh, these we served so beautifully at our table, the lights were dimmed as the chef assembled this delightful dessert. Applause rang out through the small restaurant as it was served, with lots of "I'll have what she's having"!!

The service ambience and food were all amazing, we sure did leave there on a high. You will be so delighted to eat here, we did book before leaving home and the restaurant was full.

So with that our final night in Prague we readied ourselves for our journey into Russia. This part of the TR will be difficult as for some reason I stopped using my journal but I have the organised tour section itinerary, photos and some notes on my mini ipad. So I'll give it my best go, I have decided that all future notes will be taken on my ipad, its just so easy.

So bear with me............

aussiedreamer Sep 14th, 2013 06:46 PM

Easy transfers to the airport, arranged through hotel arrived into Moscow around 3pm in the afternoon. Thouroughly enjoyed the drive into the city, love the first glimpses of a new place. We had splurged here and booked the Ritz Carlton, WOH this is an amazing hotel and the location near the Kremlin is fantastic. Unfortunately there was some confusion on check in, our room was fine but for some reason Sue's had been 'canceled'. Took well over 30 minutes to resolve but they graciously gave them a suite, which worked out really well as they had a coffee machine :-) so I started each morning with a little tap on their door and helped myself to great coffee. The rooms really are beautifully appointed, even our 'standard' room was huge and possibly the comfiest bed I have slept in, what a treat. But typically everything was incredibly expensive, as I know everything is in Russia but add in the Ritz name and you can double the price. Fortunately breakfast was included and it was delightful.

After the slow checkin we dropped our gear and off we went, what pure joy to discover we were this close to Red Square, we could just pop over when ever the mood took. The Victory Day celebrations were a double edged sword. Lots of activities, color and pomp BUT also lots of temporarary seating (read scaffolding) but we counted ourselves very fortunate as the day we left, Red Sqare was actually closed for the few days of the celebrations, I would've been really ticked off.

So we spent our first afternoon and evening just wandering and snapping photos like crazy, I got a really good vibe about Moscow and just knew we were in for some fun. A great sleep in our lovely room, an awesome breakfast and we met up with our guide for the next 3 days, Nika, oh what a delight. This was organised through our travel agent at home, we had her for 2 half days and one longer day. She was so knowledgable and friendly, we are so glad we got to meet her.

lauren_s_kahn Sep 15th, 2013 01:00 AM

Thanks for posting this. I have 2 home exchanges in Poland next summer followed by another in Frankfort and will be seeing some of the same things you visited. I do intend to do a side trip to Rothenberg from Frankfurt (already have seen the Ludwig castles). The itinerary looks like Bielsko-Biala (Poland)-Krakow-Prague (hotel stay)-Frankfurt at this point.

I went to Moscow & St. Petersburg on a tour and really enjoyed both cites.

aussiedreamer Nov 28th, 2013 09:46 PM

I've just realised I never finished this.....first one I haven't completed, can't have that. I'm going to get stuck into it over the weekend and will add photos on Flickr.
Sorry for the tardiness........(I also have another UK t/r to do too since this trip... :-/ )

annhig Dec 6th, 2015 12:18 PM

aussie - somehow I found myself here reliving your trip and hoping that the reappearance of your TR meant that you had finished it - but who am I to talk?

it's just over 2 years since we were "down-under" with you - how time flies. we've done several trips since then, as have you, and who after the Brisbane test and all that happened thereafter would have thought that within 18 months we'd have won...no, sorry, I didn't mean to mention the A word! :S-

aussiedreamer Jan 2nd, 2016 07:23 PM

Hi Annhig...........nice to see you. Not only did I NOT finish this one I also did NOT finish my Canada TR. Not sure why.......maybe the Canada one still has some hope......but alas, not this one.

Ahh The A word.............lol

annhig Jan 3rd, 2016 05:31 AM

Hi Aussie,

both our teams are on the up at the moment - if you get a minute, look for the England score v SA - records were tumbling.

We're off to Cuba for the rest of the series so we're going to miss a treat I think.

I am promising myself that I will start and finish a Trip report.

ricarm51 Jan 6th, 2016 07:57 PM

Wow, thank you for sharing. What an amazing adventure.

aussiedreamer Jan 16th, 2016 09:08 PM

Oh wow.........Cuba enjoy.


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