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Foto Friday – November Edition

If only there was a way for WordPress to batch load all these photos. 🙂 I’m sure there’s a way, but I’m not smart enough to figure it out. Sigh…

Anyway, I’m taking the easy way out tonight and just posting some more overdue photos of my trip to Russia. I won’t even have time to label them all. 😦  If you want to know what an image is, let me know!

Jack and I had friends over for pizza (and wine!) so we’re both tired. Jack was up very late last night because I took him to see the Rockettes in NYC. We didn’t get to bed until 11. Gasp! And tonight he got to bed at 10. GASP!! So, yeah, he’s running on fumes. Which is maybe why he flipped out on the kid who was singing on his bus. Can hardly blame the poor kid. You know how annoying singing can be when you are NOT IN THE MOOD! So yeah…yawn… and stuff.

Jack: Can we do something fun in New York?

me: We’re on the train to see the Rockettes. That’s the fun.

Jack: But what about something else?

me: You wanted to see this, so we’re going to see this. There’s not a lot of extra free time. Train, Rockettes, eat, train, bed. That’s kinda it.

Jack: But there’s this cool restaurant that I want to go to. (sounds like a New Yorker)

me: We’ll eat, don’t worry.

Jack: I don’t want to eat at your “we have to rush so we’re grabbing some crap at an awful place to eat” place.

me: Nice. Really?

Jack: Sorry. Can we go to Central Park.

me: It’s dark out.

Jack: WHAATTT? Why is it SO dark now. OH I know it’s because the daylight savings time which DOES NOT SAVE ME ANY TIME!!! (whole train got an earful of that rant)

me: Settle down, people are trying to relax.

Jack: Can I have my flame thrower now?

me: Sigh.

Sergiyev Posad
Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir, one of the medieval capitals of Russia. This cathedral is one of only 936 World Heritage sites.
Cathedral of St. Demetrius, Vladimir
Sergiyev Posad - NIght
Sergiyev Posad - Day
Russian highway. We pulled over so someone could throw up. Yeah you go THAT fast.
Sign in a walkway in Sergiyev Posad. Reminded me of Jack.
Little playground in Vladimir
Paintings in a restaurant in Sergiyev Posad
Market in St. Petersburg

I like this other shot of the market.

 

Travel

Russia – Day 3 – Sergiyev Posad

We’re in a new town today, which is just outside of Moscow, called Sergiyev Posad. My brother’s friend lives here and took us to a small but nice tourist hotel which promptly spotted us as Americans and put us in their most expensive suite. Oh well… not like we had the language skills to argue. 🙂

We have an hour or two of down time until we all meet up again later. John and i are going to walk around town and get pictures of the amazing churches. We ate at the local McDonalds, just because!

I have to say it was a LOT better than in the U.S.because it tasted really good for fast food and looked just like the pictures of the food on the posters in the restaurant. That never happens at home. Then we walked around town and went to the actual Matryoska factory and of course loaded up on souvenirs. They had dolls, wooden sculpture toys, paintings and traditional Russian jewelry. We of course bought a lot of goodies…see below for a picture of some of it.

We then went to a nice little cafe for coffee and snacks, which consist of the traditional plate of Russian pickled foods such as cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, a whole head of garlic, mushrooms, sometimes squash. They had borscht and some other soup, and I had a cafe latte (more caffeine…I’m almost an addict).  

We went to this particular cafe at 3 pm Moscow time so that we could use their wi-fi to call Jack when he woke up at 7 am his time. Gotta love the free Internet! McDonalds has it also. We talked with Jack for a little while and showed him our food and the source of the loud booming music in the background, which was a giant flat screen blasting the Marc Anthony and Pit Bull video. haha.

Jack was cute because his hair was all messy from just waking up. He missed us a lot and then told Bella that I was on the phone. Haha. Bella said meow. 

It’s so good to skype with him because it recharges my own battery. 🙂 We had a nice talk and Jack was happy to see his uncle also.

After walking around town all afternoon, we were hungry for dinner. Pasta! Mine came with pesto sauce…so good. Wine of course…red. And a healthy dose of second hand smoke (cough). 

At midnight we went back to McD’s for wifi so I could skype with Jack. He was very sad and wanted me to come home. 😦 I was talking in the bathroom because there was such loud music playing. Then Jack got my eyes watering…you can guess what I looked like in the bathroom crying into an iPad lol!!! Then they kicked us out because they were closing. 

Right now we have the beat pumping loud from the basement disco right under our room. Guess I’ll need more caffeine to wake up. Sigh…

Jack: Can you come home tonight?? Please?
Me: Awwww I can’t because our ticket isn’t until next week.
Jack: (sad at first, then perks up) Then I’m not doing my homework!!