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frenchfrog Moscow - A travel report by Isabelle
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A visit in Moscow and the start of Trans Siberian

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The city of Moscow is full of history and culture. It's a city where both wealth and poverty are mixed together. Moscow is the benchmark against the rest of Russia.


The Kremlin from The Moscow river
The Kremlin from The Moscow river
The city of Moscow was founded in 1147. It s a city living mainly from aerospace, chemical equipment and automotive industry. The old part of Moscow has a radial circular lay out. The Kremlin and the Red Square forms the major major part of the old city. Moscow with its 9million habitants is also famous for its 1980 Olympic Games.

Favourite spots:
Fabberge Egg: The Trans-Siberian
Fabberge Egg: The Trans-Siberian
The Metro is an attraction in its own way. It's really a museum in its own right. The decoration in the stations is splendid, and also, not a graffitti in sight! The Moscow Metro system has got over 120 stations and around 250 km of tracks. The first stations opened in 1935, they are very deep, they also acted as bomb shelters.
The Kremlin, it is the apex of Russian political power and once the centre of the Orthodox Church, it is not the Kremel of Moscow, but also the one of the whole country. It 's from here that the Tsars, communnist dictators and democratic presidents of Russia have done their best and ... worst for Russia. Kremel in Russian means fortress, and every medieval town has one. Until 1995, the Kremlin was closed to visitors, most of whom before would have feared death by enterring under the Stalin era. You can visit the Armoury with its 700 rooms. The most famous collection is the Fabberge Eggs. The Assumption cathedral is also woth a visit.

What's really great:
Komsomolskaya Station
Komsomolskaya Station
The visit to the Kremlin was my highlight but also walking around Red Square was amazing, with a visit to St Basil cathedral. Behind the Kremlin wall you can also pay your respects on the tomb of the unknown soldier. However the Metro was absolutly fantastic, that was my number one attraction! It is also the cheapest and quickest way to get around the city. Komsomolskaya has got huge chandeliers and gold incrusted mosaics. Not to misssed also are the stations of Sokolnicheskaya in honours of Metro workers, and Mayakovskaya with mosaic ceilings.

Sights:
Olympic staduim
Olympic staduim
On the Red Square G.U.M shopping mall is worth a look, but it is very expensive.
By the Univeristy on the hill, you have nice views over the city, and also over the Olympic stadium.

Accommodations:
I treated myself to the Hotel Ukrainia, one of the 7 "wedding cake" style building, from the Stalin Era, nice views of the city from the last floor. Old fashioned rooms but truly Soviet style. Very clean.

Hangouts:
Klub Kosmik; offers good value drinks and mainly Techno music.

Restaurants:
Yolki Palki; part of the Russian chain, offers good value food. The beer is very cheap, and mainly the toilets are clean!

Other recommendations:
Sleeping Beauty at the Bolchoii
Sleeping Beauty at the Bolchoii
The Bolchoii is worth a visit, I saw Sleeping Beauty, it was lovely, but it can be hard to get your hands on tickets.
Overall I did enjoy my stay in the Russian capital a lot, it was fantastic.

Published on Wednesday January 4th, 2006


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Thu, Sep 28 2006 - 12:51 PM rating by mrscanada

Thanks for the memories, some are good while others weren't.

Thu, Jan 05 2006 - 01:59 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

excellent report

Thu, Jan 05 2006 - 12:10 AM rating by eirekay

Great report about a place I have longed to see!

Wed, Jan 04 2006 - 02:38 PM rating by davidx

It's hard to realise that the three reports I've just read are your first three and they must give high hopes of what you have yet to tell us! Well done.

Wed, Jan 04 2006 - 12:52 PM rating by rangutan

The report is short for a big city, but then we are happy to have it - it is the FIRST! Otherwise very informative and experiences are well discribed. Great and thank you very much!

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