The Red Square is neither red nor square...
Moscow Travel Blog› entry 2 of 5 › view all entries
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.
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.
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..