Two Sisters, The Arbat And Novodevichy
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Following the complaints about walking yesterday, I though the best way to start the day would be with a walk :D. Every day, when going to and fro between the hotel and the metro station, you could see another of the Seven Sisters down the road past the Triumfalnaja Ploshad, so decided to head for it. Having looked at the map I had worked out we could carry on along that road and find another of them and be at The Arbat.
In Triumfalnaya Square there is a statue of Mayakovsky, a poet who was very involved in the Bolshevik movement, and there is the rather interesting Peking Hotel. We walked down the road and past the enterance to the zoo before reaching the the building at Kudrinskaya Ploshad, one of the Seven Sisters that was mainly designed as a luxury apartment block for important Soviet figures.
As we walked along the road here we came to a rather weird improvised Michael Jackson shrine. There was another statue and in the corner of that area pictures of Wacko had been stuck up on a wall and there were candles and flowers left around it. Further on there were a lot of people hanging about and as we reached them we realised it was a queue to get into the US Embassy.
Carried on down past the NovoArrbat and on to the other of the Seven Sisters, the Foreign Ministry. The barricades, the security and the satellite dishes attached to the building give away that it still serves this function today. Having seen that we went into The Arbat, found a souvenir shop and bought some postcards and fridge magnets, and the kids bought presents for their friends.
Quite a nice stroll up The Arbat and nice buildings here and there. As I said before this seems to be mainly a tourist area now, though there were still a few artists painting in the street. Lots of souvenir shops and cafes. One at the top had free wifi, and we sat on the step outside to hack into it which worked :).
Next stop was the Novodevichy Convent, so we headed for the metro again. Coming out of the station at Sportivnaya there was no sign of the convent. Thee was a map of the local area and we worked out the direction we should be heading and found it easily. There was a pond beside the convent, and depite having been sweltering in 20C for the past two days there was still a thick layer of ice covering the pond.
Headed back into town and went to sort out our internet fix, I mean get something to eat in McDonalds, before going back to the hotel for a last shot of the pool and Jacuzzi. Back up to the room to get changed and as it got dark we headed out again to see Red Square, and St Basils in particular, for one last time at night. Still an amazing sight, even if you have seen it before and it was hard to leave, kept stopping to look back and take in the view one more time. As we were coming out the Saviour Gate for the first time we noticed brass plates in the cobbles and folk would come up and turn their back to the small chapel in the gate and throw coins over their shoulder.
Jumped on the metro back up to Mayakovskaya and to a restaurant there and had dinner. Back to the hotel and had a few beers as we started gathering stuff together for packing.