We are finally posting Russia photos and I have so much to say about Moscow I don’t even know where to begin! But first just want to say that we have never received such a warm welcome in a country from readers than we did in Russia! It was incredible reading some of the messages and welcomes we received and it felt so nice! So thank you! We got off to an extremely rough start. As soon as we landed we noticed there were ZERO signs in english and no signs what so ever for the rental car section so we walked around for a very long time trying to find it, asking several people. Finally someone told us that it was in a different terminal so we asked someone else how to get there. They said you have to take a cab.. we thought that was weird but loaded up in a cab anyways. When we got in we luckily asked how much it would be and he said $65!!! Which is outrageous considering we knew it was only a 5 or 10 minute drive. We refused to pay that much so we unloaded everything, loaded it all back on the luggage carts and started walking. We walked the wrong way three times (please just picture us with two fully loaded luggage carts, two babies, two car seats, a camera bag, a diaper bag, and a stroller.. okay thanks) so then we see the terminal we need to go to and there are 3 staircases we have to go down! So we unload everything, take it all down in multiple trips, and load it all back on. When we get to the terminal we have to go through an intense security screening (take your shoes off, take out the laptops, type of ordeal which as you can imagine with all of our stuff and two babies is NO easy task). We finally get through security and load everything back on the carts when we can almost TASTE the rental car area we run into yet ANOTHER security screening we have to go through in order to go any further (why this is necessary, I have zero idea!) at this point I am seriously livid. Then we get to the rental car place and it takes about 30 minutes for paperwork then about a 15 minute walk to the parking garage. We try to put all of our stuff in the car only to realize all of our stuff WONT FIT!!! We take it all out and load it all back up and walk back to the terminal entrance and catch a cab. When we arrived our cab drivers tried charging us double what was on the meter and it always scares me when people do that in foreign countries but David wouldn’t take that and just paid them what the meter said and that was done. FEW!!! Okay then we are at the St. Regis which was absolutely amazing and made everything feel better ha! But needless to say I was really stressed, that taught us multiple lessons for future travels.
Our first day we went exploring and it was so exciting seeing so many spots I had been dreaming of seeing for sooo long. On our way home we ran into this massive, 5 story, kid mall. It had toy stores, puppet shows, little cars you can ride around in, everything. I knew Atticus would be in love so we took him and he could not get enough of riding those mini cars, he felt SO cool!!! We ran around the toy store playing with all the toys for hours. Well that night he woke up crying with a high fever which I think he got from that kid mall. His fever kept climbing and climbing all the way up to 104. Fevers are so scary because they feel so hot and they are so miserable that you start to have really scary thoughts as a mom. And being in a foreign country made everything scarier. Once it reached 1o4 we knew we had to take him to a hospital or have a doctor come see him and luckily the hotel had on call doctors that spoke English. A doctor came at 2 in the morning and tested him for the flu which he was positive for. He gave us antibiotics and instructions for getting him better but it was a rough time for Atticus. His throat was hurting so bad so he would cry because it was hurting which would make it hurt more, and then make him cry more. It was heart breaking to see him so miserable. I felt so guilty for taking him to that dumb mall. After I said Atticus was sick on my instagram we had so many local girls telling us that lots of people get sick because of the air quality and the doctor said the flu was going around. Something I took mental note of… *always research those types of things before going somewhere! I felt so bad for my sweet boy. Luckily the last day he was feeling good enough to go outside for an hour but we tried to keep him in the stroller so he could just relax. David and I basically got zero sleep that entire 6 days in Russia. It was a complete miracle that Rosie didn’t get sick and also that she (mostly) slept through the non stop crying and moaning at night. She is SUCH a light sleeper but for that week she was the hardest sleeper which I am convinced was an answer to my prayers. Atticus did a lot of sleeping during the day so when he would sleep, our niece Izzie would watch him while me and David would run out and try to explore for an hour or so.
The St. Regis we stayed at was right by the Red Square so it was really convenient popping in and out throughout the day. I also got to get a facial which was amazzzing. Their spa is so nice and their pool area had a steam room and a sauna so that helped with the stress of Atticus being sick – I loved going in the steam room for a few minutes at night before bed. Our room was so nice and had multiple rooms within it. It had a room for our niece to sleep in which was connected to ours and had the BIGGEST bed ever! And then it had a gorgeous sitting area/tv room, and then the master room and 3 bathrooms. Oh and a huge closet. BUT the best part about St. Regis is that any person who stays there gets a personal butler, regardless of the room you book. The butler will unpack your things (a luxury I highly recommend), and also pack for you (also SO nice), they will go get something for you at the store (we needed wipes and diapers when we arrived so they ran and got them for us late at night when we didn’t want to go!), they can do anything you need them to do. Its a really nice thing to have when traveling with kids because its a pain to have to run and grab something when the kids are asleep. They also give you their phone number so if you have any questions about the hotel you can text them. So we would text them whenever we needed more milk brought up or new water bottles.
But overall Moscow was INCREDIBLE and everything was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I already can’t wait to go back and explore more one day! And hopefully next time we will make it to St. Petersburg as well!!
We made a Europe video of our time in Ireland and Amsterdam – we didn’t manage to get any video in Moscow but thought we would share some of our footage! xo