How is life treating you? I’m kind of sick with a really bad cough and other unpleasant things.. At least I was able to go through all the Moscow pictures and organise them. Can you imagine how many pictures I take?! It’s a little insane I have to admit but this is the curse of digital photography!
GUM is the name of the main department store in many cities of the former Soviet Union, known as State Department Store…
The flight from Zurich to Moscow left at 11 pm and lasted three and a half hours. We arrived in Moscow at 4 am and had to wait for an hour to take the train from the airport to the city. Even if I didn’t really get the chance to sleep I didn’t feel too tired when we arrived. How could I?! Everywhere I looked there were strange and interesting constructions and landscapes! The outskirts with their colossal industrialized apartment blocks (Plattenbau) were pretty impressing. I will show you some impressions of it in a later entry.
We arrived 30min. later at the Belorusskaya train station and took the Zamoskvoretskaya subway line which brought us near the famous red square. I’ve seen pictures of the subway in Moscow but seeing it for real was kind of mind-blowing. They are all different and each one is luxurious. Some stations are located as deep as 84 meters (275 ft) and go as fast as 100 km/h (62 mph). The nice side effect of arriving that early in the morning was, that we got to see the subway and afterwards the red square with only very few people.
The weather was gloomy and the streets I saw when I emerged from the underground were devastating. To me they looked like freeways! And they drove like on freeways… we’ve seen two car accidents in four days.. I was quite shocked.
The buildings were as the streets, enormous and imposing. The red square is surrounded by the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM department store and the Kremlin and is obviously huge. I love the Saint Basil’s Cathedral because it looks like it comes straight out of a fairy tale. Isn’t the architecture impressing? The bulings were partially red and many churches had colorful domes.
We stayed at two different hotels but one ose definitely much better. The interior was cosy and freaky and the staff quite nice. The other one was to put it mildly, the exact opposite. So if you ever happen to be in Moscow, I would totally recommend you the Artel.
To my horror, the food was not as delicious as I had expected it to be.. These Maki though, were totally acceptable. Actually there was only one restaurant I really liked. The owners were a Russian vegetarian and a Korean woman. Do I need to say more? The food was sooooo good!!! I will tell you more about it in the next Moscow entry.
All the pictures you’ve seen were taken on the first day. I didn’t want to mix them because the atmosphere of each day is very different. There will be two more entries coming up about Europe’s largest city Москва so stay tuned lovelies!