First full day in Moscow

Trip Start May 05, 2006
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Trip End May 16, 2006


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Sunday, May 7, 2006

We wake up the next morning to the ringing of the phone in our hotel room. It was 10:00 AM. We had agreed to meet Cheryl this morning at 10:00 AM. Oops! I guess we were really tired from the flight. We quickly dressed and went down to meet her. Cheryl took us to Red Square first where we took some cheesy photos. Say Cheese! Check out photo 01 in the album for our Russian smile :|.

The square was closed today as the Russians were getting ready for Victory Day festivities (May 9th). By the looks of it, Lenin's Tomb was closed. After hanging around the square, Cheryl took us to the famous Novodevichy Monastery where some high profile Russians (playwrights, politicians, composers, etc.) are buried. On our way to the Monastery we came upon an ice cream vendor and decided to try a Russian Half and Half Ice Cream Bar. Cynthia models it in photo 03.

While at the monastery, we saw an out of place cannon (shown in photo 04) while we were looking around the grounds. Interestingly enough, in the 16th century, this monastery was built like a fortress to provide a defensive front for Moscow. We took some neat photos of the Monastery grounds. Check these out in the album. As mentioned, on the grounds of the Monastery is a cemetery which is world famous. It contains the resting places of many famous Muscovites a few of which include Anton Chekhov, Nikita Khrushchev and Raisa Gorbachev ("First Lady" of the Soviet Union). We took photos of many headstones in the cemetery. The headstones were literally a work of art. One notable headstone that we got a picture of is of Khrushchev's headstone which can be found in photo 05.

After looking through all the headstones, we all came back and stopped at a French crepe place (the food was delicious) near our hotel and afterwards, Cynthia and I went back to the hotel to get some rest. In the evening, Cheryl took us to the Bolshoi where we watched a ballet called Silfida. It's the first time I've ever been to a ballet and I've got to say that it wasn't as bad as I've heard it to be. From what I understood though the particular ballet that we saw had a longer than normal intermission and was pretty short for a ballet. After the ballet we headed back to the hotel.
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