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Olga and Bill in Sergiev Posad

Olga and Bill in Sergiev Posad

At the end of the past winter holidays (in Russia Dec 30 - Jan 08) I received via post a letter from Olga and Bill Rogers who used my services in Moscow during almost a week (6 days) at the end of June 2007. When I opened a big envelope I was greatly surprised with a handmade calendar with the pictures which Olga and Bill took during their pretty long trip to Russia and Ukraine, and after reading their nicely designed message I remembered all the best moments from our tours to Moscow famous landmarks. I was so exited reading their story, so then I had a thought that it can be interesting not only for me and immediately sent to Olga a message with my request to post it on my website. After receiving their permission, from my side, I decided to make some small gift for them too and during next several next days, in my free time, worked in Photoshop enhancing the picture which I took during our tour to Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra (monastery) in Sergiev Posad. And now, when it is ready, I am happy to share the both gifts with you:

Dear Arthur:

How better to let you know what we have been doing for part of the year, so this calendar is for you to enjoy and see where we spent one month - mid-June to mid-July. This will be the last calendar we will put out, as it has become too time consuming and a lot of work. We spent 6 days in St. Petersburg, 6 days in Moscow and 9 days in Ukraine. What a fan­tastic trip we had.

Russia was a surprise — nothing like we are led to believe. Big modern cities, people are well dressed, friendly, cheerful, drive big cars, and everyone has a cell phone. We had a car, driver and English guide who knew the city and how to get around in the crazy Moscow traffic. It is easy and safe to travel there on your own, and many speak English.

We then flew to Kiev for 3 days. We could have spent more time there; it is a big city so we will go back to see more of it. I had those few days to refresh and practice my Ukrainian language!! Several years ago I found my Dad's family in Lviv, second largest city in Ukraine. We then began our plans to visit Ukraine to meet them and to also go to my par­ent's village where they had lived. It was very touching to finally meet them and to feel an instant connection. Bill does not understand the language, but somehow that was not nec­essary as he had a terrific time with them. The younger ones do speak English, which was a help for me as well. We can't wait to go backs-for a longer time.

We are both doing well, enjoying our retirement to the fullest. We don't feel we can do any more long trips to Europe — maybe a cruise and short trips will be less tiring - to date we have seen 20 countries!

Wishing you all the joys of the season and a wonderful2008!!

Bill & Olga Rogers
December 2007

Posted: Jan 17, 2008
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Photo taken on 2007-06-27 at 13:10:29

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Fred Murphy Fred Murphy
From: USA
Date: 2010-06-28 13:42:38

We just returned from a Viking River Cruise from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. We were concerned about the limited time we had in Moscow, and the fact that we would not be able to see everything we desired. Also, considering that June 12 was a holiday we did not know how that would affect venue openings. We arrived in Moscow late afternoon on June 10, so that day was lost. This basically left us with only 2 days including the holiday.

We were truly fortunate to have found out about Arthur, and yes, all those glowing reviews are true. Prior to leaving home Arthur called us on our computer using Skype and we talked for 45 minutes about our Moscow plans.
Arthur made sure we saw everything we wanted to see and more! We were with him from 8 AM to 6 PM on June 11, and from 9 AM to 1:30 AM on June 12-13.

We travelled all around Moscow in his car, seeing buildings and monuments from every angle, stopping at those sites we wanted most to see, and those, which Arthur suggested. At the Kremlin, we saw all the Kremlin churches, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the changing of the guard. We also toured the Armory and the Diamond Fund. We even went back to Red square after it reopened at one AM to get a closer look at Saint Basil's illuminated. Among other sites, we visited the seven sisters, the GUM department store, the Arbat, Peter the Great monument, the victory memorial, multiple metro stations with their unique interiors, and the Tretyakov Gallery with site guidance and extensive commentary by Arthur. The Sergius Monastery was delightful especially as a service was in progress. On the outskirts of the city we visited the Novodevichy Convent and cemetery. On our last night, we ate at a Ukrainian restaurant and saw the Moscow lights by car and from Sparrow hill and Moscow University where we were expecting fireworks, which never materialized. The crowds however were exciting and the entire Kremlin, not just the towers, was ablaze for Russia Day.

We couldn't be more pleased with the attention and professionalism that Arthur demonstrated. He is knowledgeable about Moscow and Russian history, and is fluent in English. More importantly, he is a genuinely nice person who bent over backwards to ensure that we got the most out of our experience. He goes as fast or as slowly as his guests prefer. His fees are very reasonable, especially considering all the extras, such as photography that he provides.

Probably the best travel money we ever spent. You absolutely can't go wrong seeing Moscow with Arthur.