! Getting bored of doing everything as a group of 15 tourists, Jen, Mario and myself headed out for a nice traditional Russian dinner of meat and potato followed by a dive bar down a back alley way. Not as scary as first thought as we were plied with multiple cocktails and shots! An awesome, unexpected night out, though we did miss the other group celebrating Seb's birthday.
The following day we had a lot to pack in, including a tourist flea market to get some souvenirs, a trip to St.Basil's Cathedral again with its beautifully decorated spires and chilling out in Gorky Park, an amazing park on the river bank full of giant bean bags on the grass, a mini beach, a space rocket, basketball and volleyball courts, an outdoor cinema and loads of little pop up cafes followed by a trip to the centre of town after dinner again to see Red Square and the Kremlin fully lit up and looking more imposing than ever before...amazing!
An early start on our final morning as we headed down to the Kremlin for a peek inside. Not as impressive as I'd imagined, though the many golden domes of each church was quite a sight. We also made a quick stop to the supermarket to stock up on 4 days worth of dried food for the next leg of our journey...things could get quite bland!
Arriving at 8am meant that we were not able to check in right away, so after dropping our bags off and heading out for breakfast we eventually got a shower after the heat and stickiness of the past 24 hours. We were then ready to hit the sites, though not before getting lost on the underground with it's Cyrillic signs. We headed straight for Lenin's mousileium, a very strange attraction to see the man himself lying in state for all to see. It's something that most Russians see at some point in their life, but you can't help but wonder why he's still so important given the more recent historical changes that have taken place. Red Square is another main attraction for people to see, but with the majority closed off for a recent event, it was somewhat less impressive than anticipated. Our Moscow Honcho, Julia, then took us all for a walk around the rest of the city centre and into the Cathedral of St.Peter and Paul though not before we'd all borrowed Seb's trousers as the majority were wearing shorts