A lot has happened since I last wrote. I flew down to Los Angeles to drop off Chief and see Dolly Parton at the Hollywood Bowl with my daughter, Alie and my sister, Teresa. Dolly is really an amazing performer…try to see her if you can (she is funny, too)! My favorite song of hers is at the end of this post .
Then, a trip to..MOSCOW. Scary? Not sure we can trust those guys, right? Is another cold war coming?
To go to Russia you need a visa. My husband and I went to the consulate in San Francisco a month before to get one. There were several desks behind thick glass…each desk had an unsmiling woman sitting behind it with an 8″ x 10″ photo of a serious Vladimir Putin. You have to be invited to Russia to get in. In our case, my husband was attending a cultural summit from cities around the world… so we had an invitation from the cultural minister.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the beautiful 110 year old European style Metropol Hotel. There was a fantastic buffet each morning…which was a great way to start the day since our Russian American friends said the food was not so hot. And our young waiter, Gleb, was awesome and remembered our names and how we liked our cappuccino/coffee each morning.