|Souvenir vendor in the Sparrow Hills;|
Moscow University in the background.
|Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow|
|Nadeshda Yeltzin laying flowers at her husband's grave|
|Anton Chekhov's gravestone|
That afternoon, we heard stories from veterans of WWII (“The Great Patriotic War”), including a man who had participated in the fighting in Stalingrad, and a woman who had been an army nurse and had been captured by Germans. The person who introduced them was one of our guides (we have six for the 214 people on the trip), and she seemed quite overcome by the idea of these great patriots. She actually wept as she introduced them. Another woman was with the group of veterans, apparently an academic, and her presentation had a Soviet-style flavor to it.