#2, Finland/Soviet Union, October 13, 1982

Our group leaders had been here before and so at their suggestion on our first evening we all took the subway down to Red Square at night.  What a thrill, to see St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the other buildings on Red Square, all lit upimg001!

 

 

 

 

 

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We watched the guards at Lenin’s Tomb parade past us.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we visited Red Square again the img943next day in daylight, enjoying St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum,

 

 

 

 

 

and Lenin’s Tomb, with its long line of people waiting to see Lenin’s corpse.

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We weren’t the only tourists in Red Square—there seemed to be some Soviet tourists, also!  img946

On one side of the square is GUM img959Department store that had many shoppers but not a lot of merchandize.  Still, the shoppers were quite well dressed.

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The Kremlin was chocked full of beautiful old churches built in Tzarist img970img979times. They had wonderful frescoes inside. There img986were other government buildings as you would expect. The whole effect img987img975was so historical in spite of the Soviet Union seeming to reject religion and the Tzarist img982img985history.  One could have spent a lot of time within img983the Kremlin, but of course we were guided rather quickly through the area. Still it was very exciting to think that we were standing within the Kremlin walls.  Some of the churches were the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the Cathedral of Ivan the Great with its Bell Tower.

Our group used three Intourist Buses with a special guide in each.  One destination, a kindergarten, was difficult to find.  It was pointed out that there were no street signs; someone opined that it would be difficult to mount a revolution without street signs.  img008However, it made finding our kindergarten difficult.  First out guide asked some women for directions, and when that didn’t work, our driver img009got out and asked directions.  We finally img010found our destination—the kindergarteners seemed glad to see us.

 

 

 

 

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The director shed some tears and told us to tell our countrymen that the Soviets did not want war!img015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These days are jam-packed, but we’re loving them!

Carol

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