Making our way to Moscow
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In the morning hit up the free breakfast at the Sokol Hotel and packed up. I'm quickly realizing that I don't have too many more opportunities where I will need to pack the duffel to head off to a new destination any more. At this time next week I will be arriving back home. After eating I made a quick run to the grocery down the street to pick up a few assorted items for lunch and snacks for the next few days. Lunch today was going to be on the bus heading into Moscow.
Met up with the gang shortly after and we transferred back down to Vladimir, purchased our tickets and waited for the bus to take us into Moscow.
Exiting the Metro we were in the heart of Moscow on Ulitsa Tverskaya. It was a short walk to the flat where we were staying with a women who rented out a few rooms to guests. It was a tight squeeze but satisfactory for Moscow. After dropping off our gear (thank goodness to be rid of that after lugging it through the Metro and the streets) we went out in the afternoon onto the streets of Moscow.
A short walk down Tverskaya leads down directly to Red Square.
They were also setting up a stage on the Square as Russia Day celebrations were set to take place on June 12. This is the equivalent of a 4th of July holiday although its only been celebrated since 1992 when Russia essentially dissolved the Soviet Union. We didn't spend a great deal of time here today as we planned to come back in the morning to tour the Kremlin, so we headed on over to Arbat Street. Arbat Street is a pedestrianized thoroughfare full of restaurants and bars and shops. Grabbed an expensive dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants and quickly realized that I would need some more cash to survive these few days in Moscow. Money changers were prevalent so changed some of my remaining dollars knowing that I wouldn't have much need to hold onto them longer.
We spent the rest of the evening in the area before walking back around Tverskoy to Tverskaya to our flat. Even into the evening hours Moscow hummed with energy. Nearing the summer solstice the days were long and Muscovites were likely enjoying the gorgeous and pleasant early summer weather that was being experienced. I know I was.