Life is in the detail

With its marble platforms, sparkling chandeliers and bronze statues of topless Soviet farmers, the Moscow Underground is pretty incredible, although best avoided during rush hour unless you want to share it with six million grumpy commuters.

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Flora Thompson-Ashby

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Australia - I've dreamt of cuddling a koala since I was five, so it's about time I fulfilled this promise to myself
  • Russia- Living in Moscow made me want to explore the deepest and darkest corners of the Motherland, I can't wait to go back
  • Japan- I want to get lost in the countryside and see the cherry blossom

Best Moments

Have always involved movement:

  • Whizzing down the frozen Volga in a hover craft
  • Driving a tuk tuk around Jaipur at rush hour with a screaming friend and the owner sitting in the back
  • Floating through the fjords in Norway
  • Heli-skiing in Switzerland... the fact that everyone else got out on some remote mountain peak and I was returned to my natural habitat of the nursery slopes is, frankly, unimportant
  • Crossing the finish line of the Baikal Ice Marathon in Siberia (mink.whistle.rookie in What3Words lingo)

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Sticking my head out of the window on a sweltering bus ride to Jaisalmer and feeling what I thought was a refreshing splash of water on my face; in fact a man on the upper deck clearly had a violent case of Delhi belly and was vomiting all over me. Pouring an entire bottle of alcoholic gel over my head could neither assuage the smell nor my horror!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Having my very soggy, very smelly trainers stolen in California - clearly someone needed them more than I did!

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