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Guest Blogger: The Fat Guy in Moscow – Day 2 The House by the River

November 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Guest Blogger

Lilia points out a large, ageing apartment block on the bank of the Moscow River.
“This is the House on the River. Everyone knows it. If you say to a friend: ‘I’ll meet you by the House on the River’, he will know where it is. Stalin had it built. They were apartments for the government [...]

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Guest Blogger: The Fat Guy…is in Moscow

October 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Guest Blogger, Travel Writing

The Fat Guy sat, surrounded by the bulky, neo-gothic, Stalinist splendour of the hotel. The marble floors, the decorated ceilings, the “gold cord” service… everything to a scale just slightly too large to be comfortable.
Cosseted in his grandiose bubble, the Fat Guy peered out on the streets nine floors below.
People, huddled in their coats, were [...]

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