Arrival In Moscow

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Main Enterance To GUM

Touched down in Domodedovo just before 5-30pm local time. Got to passport control and while they were slow it wasn't to bad, though they were more particular with my daughter as she looks nothing like her passport photo any more :D. Baggage reclaim seemed to take for ever but we were actually clear inside an hour.

I'd looked into it before we went and had decided the Aeroexpress was the best option for getting into Moscow. Turned left coming out of International Arrivals and picked up the signs for the train, which was at the other end of the airport. Tickets cost 250R and we got to the platform just as a train was about to depart and were on our way. Not the prettiest of railway journies going in through the Moscow housing estates, but we were in Paveletsky Station in 45 minutes.

St Basils Cathedral
Metro was at the end of the station and one of my concerns before going had been about being able to ask for a multi journey ticket. Needent have worries as there was a ticket machine that had an English translation and I got four 20 journey tickets at a cost of 460R each.

Headed down to the Green Line 2 and found the platform we needed and a train arrived right away and it was only 4 stops up the the hotel at Mayakovskya. It had all been so easy, that something had to go wrong and it did, as we turned the wrong way on Tverskaya and ended up going in the wrong direction. Did soon realise this when we reached the other Marriott, and headed back along. By now it was about 8-30pm and the traffic was unbelievable. we soon realised that there were a series of underpasses going under the road, as there was no way you were ever going to cross it.

Teatralnaya Metro Ceiling
Checked into hotel, but had to give up our passports for a while for the hotel to register us with the local authorities. I was desperate to get to Red Square, but had been warned that you have to carry your passport about with you at all times, so decided we would go for something to eat until we could get out passports back.

While reading other folks blogs on Moscow, and had picked up on danikbates mentioning Il Patio chain of restaurants, and we had passed one between the metro station and the hotel. So we went, had dinner and then went back to the hotel to collect our passports and headed out again just after 10pm. Only two stops down on the metro to Teatralnaya. Came out at the wrong exit and took a minute to get our bearings and headed past the Bolshoi Theatre and through the underpass there.

View Across Red Square

Red Square was all brightly lit up and had a real atmosphere about it. Don't think any photographs can prepare you for the sight of St Basils lit up at night. It truely is an awsome spectacle. Must have taken over 100 photos in the square that night alone :D. When we could finally bear to tear ourselves away we headed back to the hotel on the metro. My daughter and I went to get stuff for the room at a 24 hour supermarket we had found when we turned the wrong way earlier.

When we came out it was just turning midnight, and there was a church opposite the supermarket and the bells started ringing. We also noticed police cars blocking off the road and then we noticed folk walking round the church. When we got to the front of it there were still people filing out and when the last of them came exited they closed the doors.

Singing At The Door Of The Church
By now the ones that had left earlier were back at the front and there were about 6 Russian Orthodox priests outside the front doors with banners and other symbols. As the crowd gathered round them they started singing, and then one of them would chant something and the crowd would respond. As it went on the repones got more frequent, and were accompanied by bowing and folk crossing themselves. Not a thing you would expect to see at midnight, but it was going into Easter Sunday so assume it was part of the celebrations for that.

Got back to hotal and up to the room and sat and had a couple of beers before giving in and going to sleep.  

vr38dett says:
Great blog! Do you recommend purchasing Aeroexpress train ticket online?
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014
Tinktinkie says:
It is a wonderful experience to be in Moscow over Easter. Andrey and I were there 2 years ago and it was fanatstic! I can believe you when you say you took almost 100 pictures..I think I fille dup 2 memorty cards in a couple of hours! Great blog and now I miss Russia a lot. My husband is Russian :-)
Posted on: May 06, 2010
Mezmerized says:
Did the machine translate to Scottish too? ;-P I get stressed with that passport thing too, so unnecessary. Nice blog :)
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
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Main Enterance To GUM
Main Enterance To GUM
St Basils Cathedral
St Basils Cathedral
Teatralnaya Metro Ceiling
Teatralnaya Metro Ceiling
View Across Red Square
View Across Red Square
Singing At The Door Of The Church
Singing At The Door Of The Church
Coming In To Moscow
Coming In To Moscow
Paveletskaya Railway Station
Paveletskaya Railway Station
Outside Mayakovskaya Metro
Outside Mayakovskaya Metro
Mayakovskaya Metro Station
Mayakovskaya Metro Station
Boushaja Sadovaja
Boushaja Sadovaja
Escalator at Mayakovskaya
Escalator at Mayakovskaya
Teatralnaya Metro Station
Teatralnaya Metro Station
Ceiling at Teatralnaya
Ceiling at Teatralnaya
Resurrection Gate
Resurrection Gate
GUM Department Store
GUM Department Store
Kazan Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral
St Basils
St Basils
Statue Of Minin And Pozhharskiy
Statue Of Minin And Pozhharskiy
Saviours Gate
Saviours Gate
Kremlin Wall
Kremlin Wall
Teatralnaya Metro platform
Teatralnaya Metro platform
Church Procession
Church Procession
Praying Outside Church
Praying Outside Church
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