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September 21st, 2008

Hooded Crow at the Kremlin

Hooded Crow at the Kremlin

Hooded crows on a war memorial at the Kremlin, hopping up and down a pile of Greek and Roman ruins.

Moscow, Russia
September 2008

The Walls Of The Kremlin

The Walls Of The Kremlin

The high red walls of the Kremlin dominate the wide open spaces of the Red Square, dwarfing the solid, square construction of Lenin's tomb.

Moscow, Russia
September 2008

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

St Basil's Cathedral is a highlight of Red Square, its multi-coloured onion domes turning it into a fairy-tale castle, straight out of a Disney cartoon. It's only when you look closer that you see the details, the gilded fretwork, the painted flower scrolls, and the delicate shapes formed by the brickwork.Then there the different shapes of each dome, each with its own colour scheme.

A grey autumnal day burned away into broken blue skies as we circled the building, suddenly turning dull colours into fiery brightness.

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

A truly amazing building.

Moscow, Russia
September 2008

Red N Hotpot

Lunch today was at Red N Hot, a Szechuan restaurant on the Charing Cross Road. As there were four of us, we decided to go for the buffet style hot pot.

Szechuan hot pots are a cook-at-the-table style meal, where a huge bubbling bowl of soup (in our case two soups in a yin-yang divided bowl, one mild, one hot), is used to cook a tray full of meats and vegetables. Ours came with a huge pile of food: fish, tofu, beef, pork, ham, tripe, various cabbages, prawns, and, yes, spam. Throw them into the soup, and you have an amazing stew that you can modify as you go.

It's a meal that demands good friends, as you discuss what to do next, while you reach over each other, fishing out morsels of food. There's no rush - the table's hot plate keeps the soup roiling, and the staff come by with kettles of stock to make sure you have plenty of liquid for that next piece of food from the waiting tray - and they'll bring more of what ever you ant, if you find you want more than the original generous servings.

We spent a good two or three hours there, just slowly working our way through the various combinations - a friendly feast that really was rather cheap for central London. Not bad at all.

Recommended for anyone who like spicy food...

(We rounded things off with coffee and cakes at Milk Bar, a Kiwi coffee shop around the corner in Soho.)

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