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April 27th, 2011

MOSCOW!

We all stayed at the well appointed Grand Hyatt Ararat.  I really liked the impressive interiors of the lobby and the open style elevator but got a bit disappointed in my room. It was just ok and failed to give me that “WOW’ factor I expect when I stay at the other Grand Hyatts before.    It felt quite spartan and basic.  Nonetheless, I was not going to complain.  I was just glad that we were all safe and sound.
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The Lobby of the Grand Hyatt Moscow.

The Lobby of the Grand Hyatt Moscow.

Loving our Rimowas!  All of us were traveling with this! Everything was perfect except for Nix's as the handle broke!  Must be a factory defect! Hope they replace it!  Paging RIMOWA!  Please replace Nix's luggage!  Pretty please!

Loving our Rimowas! All of us were traveling with this! Everything was perfect except for Nix's as the handle broke! Must be a factory defect! Hope they replace it! Paging RIMOWA! Please replace Nix's luggage! Pretty please!

Our room!  It reminds me of a basic hotel in HK.  Hmph!

Our room! It reminds me of a basic hotel in HK. Hmph!

The bathroom! Chuvaness would not like it!

The bathroom! Chuvaness would not like it!

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Nix and I immediately toured the hotel and decided to visit the bar which had great views of the Moscow skyline. We gingerly walked outside and enjoyed more of the snow action and took photos and called it a night.
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The impressive open elevator structure.

The impressive open elevator structure.

The top floor.

The top floor.

Night views of Moscow.

Night views of Moscow.

Nix and I! So excited to be here.

Nix and I! So excited to be here.

Still snowing!

Still snowing!

Our hotel!

Our hotel!

More views of the lobby.

More views of the lobby.

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The next day, we went back to the Philippine embassy to pick up our guide to go to the Smilova market.  This is where everyone should go shopping!  Leave it to the Pinoys to find the best deals in Moscow.  Russia is SUPER expensive!  My advise is to hold on the shopping and just buy the Russian arts and crafts, the rest can be bought somewhere else around the world at a third of the price.  Will be blogging about the market in my next entry!
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The view outside my window!  Very grey!  Very Moscow!

The view outside my window! Very grey! Very Moscow!

To the Philippine Embassy.

To the Philippine Embassy.

We were in the single digits!  BRRRR!!!!!

We were in the single digits! BRRRR!!!!!

 Nix and I outside the metro system

Nix and I outside the metro system

Getting our tickets.

Getting our tickets.

The metro interiors in Russia is quite beautiful.

The metro interiors in Russia is quite beautiful.

Malu, Rosan and Nix experiencing the deepest metro system we have ever been in.  The escalator alone took more than 9 minutes from start to finish.

Malu, Rosan and Nix experiencing the deepest metro system we have ever been in. The escalator alone took more than 9 minutes from start to finish.

Muscovites in the Metro.

Muscovites in the Metro.

Tessa already in Moscow mode!  I have seen the world with my friend Tessa and each time we visit a country she imbibes the culture and the fashion.

Tessa already in Moscow mode! I have seen the world with my friend Tessa and each time we visit a country she imbibes the culture and the fashion.

Me inside the beautiful subway system of Russia.

Me inside the beautiful subway system of Russia.

The Metro map!

The Metro map!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

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