Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The garden at the back of the palace has been a private garden since the 12th century and takes up 10 acres of the 13 acre site. The garden is open to the public once a month during the Summer months with all proceeds going to small local charities. I have been meaning to visit for the past few years but always seem to miss the open days. So I was delighted to finally gain entry.
Welcome to my blog
This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Saturday, 17 August 2019
Monday, 12 August 2019
|The GUM store|
|Walls of the Kremlin|
|St Basil's Cathedral|
Thursday, 8 August 2019
The first of Lenin's skyscrapers was Lermontov Tower. It was built on the site of the birthplace of the poet Lermontov. The central tower houses the offices of the Ministry of Transport. On either side of the ministry are residential blocks.
An impressive stadium.
To the left of the stadium was another fenced in area where groups of men in military uniform complete with rifles were standing around. We presumed as they were covering parts of the building in blue fabric that they were taking part in a film. Just in case they weren't I didn't photograph them!!
I think this building was the swimming pool or gymnasium but G was reluctant to explore the area further so I had to be satisfied with what we had seen .
We carried on to the next stop on the line looking for the State University, another of the seven sisters buildings. This station was close to the River Moskva with its cable car crossing. We walked up Sparrow Hill, a nature reserve but couldn't find this huge university building. I asked a lady who was passing. (Well I showed her the photo in my guide book). She didn't speak much English but she told us she had studied German at the university and that we were only five minutes away.
The outside of the building is decorated with clocks, barometers, statues and carved wheat sheaves.
Across the road at the top of Sparrow's Hill we had a great view of the Olympic Village and the business area of Moscow.
The next building we sought was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The skyscraper has 27 floors and is 564 ft (172 metres) tall. It was completed in 1953.
Back on the metro to find the Hotel Ukraine.
Also in the hotel was this diorama of Moscow.. Headphones were available to listen to a simple description of the Kremlin and its surroundings. Looking at an aerial view of the old historical part of Moscow and listening to the description was very helpful. I wish I had seen this before visiting the Kremlin and the Red Square.
You can't visit a 5 star hotel without inspecting the washrooms.
We left the hotel and walked back to the metro together and then G and I went our separate ways. G wanted to visit the GUM store and I wanted to visit pedestrianised Arbat street. Arbatskaya is one of Moscow's oldest streets. It was pedestrianised in the 1980s which gave the area a new lease of life. here you find galleries, museums and churches as well as shops, restaurants and bars.
Lots of interesting buildings including the metro station.
I felt I had walked enough today and decided to return to the hotel for a rest.
Another amazing Metro station greeted me on my journey back to the hotel.