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Dzhagannat Express, Moscow
Posted by iaver
It is a vegetarian restaurant and health food store in the heart of Moscow. Hidden on Kutznetsky Mostly it provides a hippy breathing space from the glitz and glamour of Tverskaya's high street cuisine. Last time I visited it, there were two options: crusty cafe or refined restaurant dining. Preference is determined by price. I went for the crusty and it was good. Although after spending a year living out in Moscow and missing the chickpeas, any place like this would seem Heaven on Earth. It is well worth checking out though.
11 Ul. Kuznetsky Most
Kuznetsky MostGoogle map here
________________________________________________________________Comrade hostel, Moscow
Posted by KateEvans
I stayed at the Comrade hostel in Moscow last April. It's a tiny hostel, but most of them are. I'm led to believe that hostels need to pay fees to the Mafia, so people run really small places that look like apartments with no signs outside. This is no exception and doesn't have a sign outside, just a tiny hostelworld/bookers sticker on the door.
The guy who runs the place is incredibly helpful, however, and booked our train tickets for us - a difficult feat for people who don't speak Russian and was happy to give advice. He even took some of the other guests out for lunch and on a train journey day trip. The place is clean, but basic, the real draw are the staff (really just one guy - terribly I can't remember his name).
The location is fantastic - about five minutes walk from Red Square.
Comrade Hostel - Maroseyka street 11, 3rd floor, 101000www.comradehostel.comGoogle map here
________________________________________________________________Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl
Posted by barenib
Hotels in Yaroslavl are often rather faded affairs, but this one is modern, has good facilities but of course is more expensive than its traditional counterparts. It’s located in the city centre and is also close to the station.
55 Svoboda Street
+7 0852-58-11-58Google map here
________________________________________________________________Rostov Kremlin, Rostov Veliky
Posted by sunstarrr
Rostov is a beautiful town on the Golden Ring route on the shores of lake Nero; the Kremlin is a mass of onion domes, coloured tiles, surrounding secluded courtyard gardens, towering above surrounding traditional wooden homes and dusty streets. It's incredibly picturesque with beautiful architecture, artwork and a small museum. It's a world away from the Kremlin in Moscow - well worth a visit.
Rostov Veliky town centreGoogle map here
________________________________________________________________Mayakovsky Museum, Moscow
Posted by kolf
Moscow's oddest museum, in a hollowed-out apartment block. Miles away from artefacts in glass cases, the chaotic, agitprop presentation attempts to tell the story of the poet's life while simultaneously create the experience of walking around Mayakovkiy's head in full creative flow.www.museum.ru/majakovskiy/
Posted by andyfied
It's the deepest fresh water lake in the world. It's 1.6km deep and has 1/5th of the worlds fresh water in it. Home to fish and seals that are only found there. The surrounding countryside is all beautiful forests. Listvyanka itself is tiny and the only place you can get smoked omul, the best known of the tasty local fish.
You can catch a marshrutka (minibus) or regular bus to Listvyanka from Irkutsk. Irkutsk is on the Trans-Siberian train route and well worth stopping off at for the lake alone.baikal.irkutsk.orgGoogle map here
________________________________________________________________Patriarshy Dom Tours
Posted by barenib
This is a local tour company who provide everything from walks around the Kremlin to weekends away at the 'Golden Ring' towns. The guides are knowledgable, English speaking locals and it's a very friendly and reasonably priced service.russiatravel-pdtours.netfirms.com/
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