Well, finally the house is empty (phew – that was stressful!) The poor children spent half term having their world slowly packed up around them. On top of that, Aoife had an ear infection in both ears.
We eventually set off from Broadstairs on time to spend a lovely night in London with Eoin, Keshan and Breda. Then headed to the Eurostar the next morning to travel Paris, where we met up with Pierre-Yves, Jules and Nicolas for a catch up and a supply of french macaroons for our long journey ahead. Thank you, it was lovely to see you all xx
We caught the train from Paris to Moscow which would be our home for the next two nights. The compartments were nice enough and very warm. Our train would travel through France, Germany, Poland, Belarus and Russia.
Despite our present/bribe/sweetener, we had a very grumpy carriage attendant who more or less just shrugged at everything. Thankfully, the restaurant guy was a bit more helpful and informed us that there was to be no restaurant car from Warsaw for about 8 hours – thank goodness we had stocked up on brioche, fruit and drinks. The restaurant changed from Polish to Russian food. When we had our meal later that evening (about 10:30) the food was good and very reasonable – the kids had spaghetti which cost around 75p. We, on the other hand had a beer!
The border control police were strict, very brisk and that was really stressful – even though we had all the necessary visas and paperwork. Not very pleasant, especially in a small space when it is very dark.
However, we were allowed into Belarus and also Russia. We have now arrived in Moscow where the temp is -3C and it is snowing. Time to pop to the hotel for a shower and a brief rest before the Russian leg of our adventure begins…