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world of onion domes

I went sightseeing today for the first time in a few weeks. It’s strange being here, because you’re so tired all the time. I suppose drinking doesn’t help either! 🙂
I met Anna in one of the metro stations and we went to find The Old English Court, which is supposed to be the first British embassy in Russia. We found it, but only a third of it was open, so we decided to go where I have always wanted to go – inside St Basil’s Cathedral (the one with the beautiful onion domes).

After paying 100 Roubles (about £2), we went inside and the first thing we saw was a service in progress – it was fantastic. The people were approaching the priest (?), who was dressed in a fantastic gold robe, and were being blessed by him. They then went to eat the bread and drink the wine. Most of the time they had their arms folded like a cross across their chest. In the back of the little room were a group of singers who were sort of chanting – it was spine-tingling. We then went to look round the rest of the cathedral. It’s like an intricate maze, with little corridors leading to other small rooms with icons and such. Again, all the walls were painted, it was just awe-inspiring.
Of course, today was a special day in Russia – presidential election day, so there weren’t many people about. We had a coffee and blini (pancake) in my favourite cafe chain, which was overlooking the ice rink on Red Square. After that we went to GUM (the big Red Square department store) to do some shopping. All in all, it’s been a great day, and I’m now back at home writing this with a cup of raspberry tea 🙂

I think I’d better tell you that I christened what was in my parcel today – long-johns! They are incredibly sexy and hot looking, I have to tell you. Still, they worked and my legs didn’t feel cold once – although it is only about 3 degrees outside, so not too cold anyway.
Ciao for now!

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