Saturday, April 23, 2011

Getting Ready for Russia - 14 Days To Go!

Weather -

Currency - Rule of thumb $1 CAD = 30 RUB
So 3900 RUB = $134

Time - 8 hour time difference. So if it is 3PM in Toronto it is 11PM in Moscow.

Dialing from Toronto to Moscow
Result, dial: 011 7 495 X
How the number is composed
011 011 is the international prefix used to dial somewhere outside of Canada.
7 7 is the international code used to dial to Russia.
495 There are multiple city/area codes in use for Moscow. If 495 does not work, you may try the others. The area codes used are: 495/499.
X Exchange X with your number

Moscow - we will be staying at the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel. It is about 18 miles from the airport and the tour company will pick us up.

Moscow Hotel is in the central Moscow location on Tverskaya Street near Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre. The building was designed by Alexander Loktev – famous Moscow architect.
The Grand Alexander Restaurant - Named after Russian's beloved poet, Alexander Pushkin, the Grand Alexander has been acclaimed as one of the Moscow's premier European cuisine dining rooms.

Marriott Grand Hotel Spacious Lobby
Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
34 1st Tverskaya - Yamskaya
Moscow, 125047 Russian Federation
Phone:7 495 258 3000
Fax:7 495 258 3099
High-Speed Internet
Public Areas: Wireless
Guest Rooms: Wired, Wireless

In St. Petersburg we will be staying at
Holiday Inn
Hotel Front Desk: 7-812-4487171 Hotel Fax: 7-812-4487172
High-speed Internet Access
Hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Pulkovo Airport in a peaceful central St. Petersburg district. Speedy subway trains link Holiday Inn St. Petersburg-Moskovskye Vorota to the city centre in just 10 minutes.

It's 4 stops from nearby Moskovskye Vorota station to the Hermitage art museum on the Neva River.


  1. thank you for following me. i trust you'll be blogging about your russia sojourn and i'll check back every so often. if there's one thing i miss from kz/russia it would be blini (buckwheat pancakes) with ikra (caviar, black or red) doused in smetana (sour cream). they serve it in many hotels so i'm sure you'll have lots of that. enjoy your trip!

  2. Can't wait to hear about your latest adventure!

  3. Looking forward to seeing those Kodack moments.
    Remember what your daddy told you. "Never buy a Rolex watch from a man who's out of breath"
    Bon voyage.


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