Thomas Mazuroski recently returned from two weeks in the Russian Federation. My travels included visiting St. Petersburg and visiting the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, Catherine’s Palace and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery where the graves of composers Tchaikovsky and the Russian five are buried which include Balakirev, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky -Korsakov and Borodin. I cruised on the rivers Svir,Volga and lake Onega. I visited the towns of Mandrogy, Kizhi a Unesco World Site, Yaraslov and Ulrich which comprises The Golden Ring. In Moscow I visited the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Square, Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Gum Department Store, City’s Metro, Moscow University and The Kremlin Museum where the fabulous Fabrege Eggs are held in addition to hundreds of treasures. I saw seven different musical performances from The Moscow Folk Orchestra, to the Ballets Of Tchaikovsky , acapella Men’s Choirs and learning to dance a formal polonaise. I visited a Russian primary school and observed some classes and had breakfast with a middle class Russian family in there home. The Russian people where wonderful, cities spotless, no welfare as everyone works except the handicap. The city of Moscow is very sophisticated, wealthy and chic. I had a truly wonderful and memorable trip.
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