Exploring Moscow

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Jul 10, 2010


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Hotel Ibis

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Hello again,

Well blog entries should be more frequent now that we are doing more interesting things so keep checking every few days!

There is a small time difference here in Moscow (3 hours ahead of London) so we were a bit slow getting out. We changed rooms so we could enjoy a flood free shower and decided to walk to Red Square.  Walking gave us a chance to see a bit more of the city which was unnecessary as most of it is quite ugly and run down.  I was quite impressed by the local way of parking cars which involves parking at any angle on or off the foot path.  Every second car looks like an abandoned getaway car parked at a crazy angle over the footpath.  Navigating is quite hard as there are no street signs and even when there are they are in Cyrillic text which you have to match to the Romanised version on your map.  As we got closer to the Red Square, the very recognisable St Basils cathedral came in to view and we knew we were going the right way.  The Red Square is bordered by St Basils, the Kremlin and GUM which is a large department store.  The church of St Basil was a lot smaller than I had imagined.  It is very compact but very colourful aand amazing just the same.

After wandering around the square we walked along the Kremlin walls through the Alexander garden.  We stopped to watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier which was lucky timing on our behalf as we got to see the classic ridiculously high kicking Russian march.  Check out the video I have uploaded!

Next we entered the Kremlin which is a huge walled compoud which houses most of Russia's important political and religious buildings.  We checked out the various churches inside which were all very old and topped with golden domes.  The churches contained very old paintings and a few tombs but very little were labelled in English so it was hard to appreciate them as much as we might have. The Kremlin also contains the world's largest cannon which unfortunately I could not climb!  Leaving the Kremlin we visited GUM which only contained the most expensive of brands.  I guess that’s where all the Russian billionaires go to shop!

We decided to catch the metro home to save our feet.  The Russian metro is in itself a tourist attraction as many of the stations are very ornate and contain lots of artwork and frescos.  It is the second busiest metro in the world and apparently considered the most efficient (trains come every 45 seconds or so on some lines).  It took me a while to work out which train but we got back to the hotel without too much trouble.

Dinner time!  Moscow is regularly rated as one of the most expensive city in the world to live in and most decent restaurants here charge a fortune.  A steak place was recommended for dinner but basic steaks were $65 so we gave that a miss. We decided we should try some typical Russian food for dinner and researched somewhere cheap.  We found My My which is pronounced Moo Moo and is a cafeteria style restaurant.  You line up with your trays and ask for what you want from the selection of food (or in our case, point and wave your arms around like a bad game of charades).  At the end a sour faced lady will tally up your food and drinks and for around $15 each dinner is served!  We started with a very traditional cabbage soup followed by all sorts of stuff we didn’t know.  I know we had Pelmeni which are like dumplings stuffed with mince but as for the rest I have no idea.  All the food was very sweet, rich and creamy with lots of mayonnaise and sour cream.  Also dill was used a lot.  Not the nicest meal we have had but a great chance to try so many new foods at once.  The drink we got was a 'thin jelly’ drink which was a super sweet red cordial drink.  Pretty much like drinking cordial syrup with no water.  Hard to stomach on top of all the mayonnaise!

The weather here has been warm (around 25) with a bit of drizzle but it is so light here!  There is light until at least 10pm which is a bit bizarre.  I assume it will be even later in St Petersburg.

Enjoy the pictures and video!

Daniel + Ly
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Comments

Dulcie and Abel Reeve on

glad you finally got to Russia. Hope you get out as easily. Don't they g=have any chinese takeaways in Moscow??? At least you will appreciate the good food more in other places you visit. Keep safe. Love you both. Grandma and Grandad

Mum on

Hi to you both! Great to know that you reached Moscow okay, we had been trying to see what the volcano was doing and if it was affecting your flight. Your descriptions of Moscow are exactly how I thought it would be, it does not appear that they have attempted to gear themselves up for tourism even though there seems to be an increasing number of tourists heading there. Are there many foreigners around and if so what nationalities would they be and what sort of age, I am just curious. Love your zeal for trying the local food,
it sounds quite different and I guess you will not be having cooking lessons there! Talking of cooking Master Chef has been great, read earlier that you love the show, it has certainly got me motivated and Den is reaping the benefits!
Enjoying reading your blog, Japan sounds great, certainly on our list to do now!
Take care and enjoy yourselves,
love mum and Denxxxxxxx

Dad Reeve on

Love the video. They look just like Daniel walking up the beach with his spear gun and with his long fins (the missing ones) on. Stay safe.
Dad and Anita

Goodkoal on

Ну Вы молодцы, ребята!!! Такое большое путешествие и с таким размахом и охватом самых интересных мест!

david on

This post has been somewhat of a revelation to me. www.chinatravelforum.org

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