Three Days In Moscow We crammed a lot into the 3 full days in Moscow, one was spent on a day trip to Aleksandrov, or more precisely "Aleksandrova Sloboda" the original palace and headquarters of the Tsar "Ivan the Terrible" it's now a working monastery and museum, situated about a 2 mile walk from Aleksandrov train station. The modern town of Aleksandrov is in the typically boring Soviet style, so of no real interest. We have been told by several people if you only visit one ancient monument in all of Russia, then Aleksandrova Sloboda should be the one, and after a day wandering around the site on a beautiful autumn day I have to agree.... The Sapsan train we arrived on is a lot like airline travel, it travels at up to 155mph and is very comfortable, with all the facilities of an airline. It's only about 3.5 hours now for a journey that took 7 to 8 hours before. If you book a month in advance and with our senior discount, we can travel for about $15 each way, which is remarkably cheap really...so I can see it becoming a regular weekend trip... The train, ours was the one on the left... On Board The Drivers cab Lisa watching a movie and dozing I think From the sales brochure The train to Alexsandrov was lot more basic than the one from St.Petersburg, but full of characters and musicians playing old Russian folk songs on various instruments. En route from the carriage window Arrival at Aleksandrov The station and nearby church..