The Red Square is neither red nor square...

Moscow Travel Blog

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Moscow was always going to be an amazing experience and it didnt let me down. I was lucky, again, to be staying in a perfect location just north of the Red Square and walked most of the city.

 

I have to say the restrictive Visa policy of Russia has it’s advantages because although crowded, it was nowhere near as bad as a city of this size and fame should have been.

 

The Red Square was neither red, nor square, but a sight to behold nonetheless. St Basil’s Cathedral is also a photographers field day and the photography speaks for itself. I was like a fat kid in a cake shop, a pig in shit, a monkey with a banana, a russian with a vodka.

spot the odd man out
... ie, i was very happy...

 

My only real complaint of Moscow was it’s shear size and the overwhelmness of the wealth distribution. My hotel was right amongst the most elite shops and it’s scary just how expensive things are. It’s made worse by the fact that all these shops were empty, barring the completely bored staff member sitting there staring into space wasting away her day doing nothing, hanging on until her next cigarette break. It just didnt seem right.

 

I also feel uncomfortable being served and because of the type of places I was eating in, there tended to be a ridiculous amount of overstaffing. There was someone to take your coat, someone to sit you, someone to serve you, bring your food, and then there were men standing in the corners of the restaurants acting as some sort of security guard.

damn monkey bikers!
Although I cannot think why a japanese sushi bar needs a securtiy guard standing by the kitchen door. Unless they are serving poisonous fish and are worried about angry customers storming the chef wth their dying gasps...i just dont get it... and I dont like being in a position where someone is felt belittled as a result of interacting with me.

 

Russian food itself is pretty cool although not altogether too healthy. They eat a lot of pancakes in the syle the french eat crepes - with both sweet and savoury fillings. They also eat a lot of meat and meat filled dumplings. Vegetables arent in big supply but the soups seem to be a pretty staple starter. I wouldnt call any of the food gourmet but I did have plenty of excellent Japanese including a terrificly entertaining tepanyaki place (where they throw the food around and cook at your table).

 

I’m not sure I’d return to Moscow again because it was just a little too big and impersonal for me. I think my first love was SPB... but I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of Russia has to offer and travelling across into the far east..

john1112 says:
Awesome Blog

:D
Posted on: Oct 25, 2009
Inquisitive says:
So you experienced both types of service a person can find in Russia - a most rude and unfriendly one and another - an over-attentive and annoyingly persistent :D As of service, it is such a rare event to come across someone really willing to help in my country that I am still amazed when I am lucky to!
But our food is healthy.. It is natural and very substantial - just unsophisticated in taste for most foreigners :)
Posted on: Oct 23, 2009
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spot the odd man out
spot the odd man out
damn monkey bikers!
damn monkey bikers!
poor lil cossack...
poor lil' cossack...
st basils Silhouette
st basil's Silhouette
babushka
babushka
interesting brickwork
interesting brickwork
in the Kremlin..
in the Kremlin..
St Basils
St Basil's
Lenin - my favourite beatle ;-)
Lenin - my favourite beatle ;-)
my fav shot of St Basils
my fav shot of St Basil's
lovin the brickwork
lovin' the brickwork
churches
churches
St Basils Cathedral in all her sp…
St Basil's Cathedral in all her s…
Dostoyevski waits outside the libr…
Dostoyevski waits outside the lib…
on the trot
on the trot
entry to the Red Square
entry to the Red Square
perhaps explains why its the red …
perhaps explains why it's the red…
in The Red Square
in The Red Square
in The Red Square
in The Red Square
entrance to the Kremlin
entrance to the Kremlin
church in the Kremlin
church in the Kremlin
church in the Kremlin
church in the Kremlin
something a bit orthodox..
something a bit orthodox..
prey time?...
prey time?...
St Basils up close
St Basil's up close
Moscow
photo by: eefab