Two Sisters, The Arbat And Novodevichy

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Kudrinskaya Ploshad Building

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.

Poster 1 In Souvenir Shop

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.

Blini Cafe
Girl in the shop directed us up to the post office up the road and we went in there to buy stamps. There was an automatic ticket machine for service, but another thing I had picked up from reading Danikbates blog was to get the stamps from the little stationery section. Not wanting to get into trouble myself, I sent my daughter up to the counter to chance it :D and got some 25R stamps.  Son was hungry and we stopped at a cafe that was like an old tram car and bought some blini, Russian pancakes.

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 :).

Novodevichy Convent Bell Tower
Quite easy to pick up wifi that way in Moscow, and from time to time I would just set my phone to scan for it as wewalked about the streets, as to use just your mobiles own roaming costs £6 per MB :O . Decided to go into the cafe eventually but after sitting down at a table and looking at the menu decided there wasn't really anything we wanted and left.

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.

OK I Had To Try The Hat On :D
 The main part of it was shut for renovation, so we just went in and walked around the grounds. Really nice bell tower inside the gounds and still a working convent and saw some priests walking about and a woman in a bright red costume and a bizarre hat :D.

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.

Poser
There were old women hovering about that would immediately pick them up. Marina told me it is the 0km point for Russia, and the coins are thrown for luck and the Babyshkas(old women) scramble about for them.

 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.  

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Kudrinskaya Ploshad Building
Kudrinskaya Ploshad Building
Poster 1 In Souvenir Shop
Poster 1 In Souvenir Shop
Blini Cafe
Blini Cafe
Novodevichy Convent Bell Tower
Novodevichy Convent Bell Tower
OK I Had To Try The Hat On :D
OK I Had To Try The Hat On :D
Poser
Poser
Peking Hotel
Peking Hotel
Radio City
Radio City
Enterance To Peking Hotel
Enterance To Peking Hotel
Zoo Enterance
Zoo Enterance
Doors At back Of Kudrinskaya Plosh…
Doors At back Of Kudrinskaya Plos…
Decoration On Kudrinskaya Ploshad …
Decoration On Kudrinskaya Ploshad…
Kudrinskaya Ploshad
Kudrinskaya Ploshad
Statue On Garden Ring Road
Statue On Garden Ring Road
Michael Jackson Shrine
Michael Jackson Shrine
Visa Queue At Us Embassy
Visa Queue At Us Embassy
US Embassy
US Embassy
For Sale, Needs Some Work
For Sale, Needs Some Work
Crapdogs Or Stardogs
Crapdogs Or Stardogs
Building Acoss From US Embassy
Building Acoss From US Embassy
Boat Building On NovoArbat
Boat Building On NovoArbat
When Im Cleaning Windows
When I'm Cleaning Windows
John Bull Bar
John Bull Bar
Top Of Foreign Ministry
Top Of Foreign Ministry
Monument At Foreign Ministry
Monument At Foreign Ministry
Foreign Ministry
Foreign Ministry
Start Of Arbat Street
Start Of Arbat Street
Statue Of Pushkin And His Wife
Statue Of Pushkin And His Wife
Hard Rock Cafe Moscow
Hard Rock Cafe Moscow
Souvenir Shop
Souvenir Shop
Poster 2 In Souvenir Shop
Poster 2 In Souvenir Shop
Poster 3 In Souvenir Shop
Poster 3 In Souvenir Shop
Costumes In Souvenir Shop
Costumes In Souvenir Shop
Artists On Arbat Street
Artists On Arbat Street
Post Office
Post Office
Russian Postmen Seem To Need Beer …
Russian Postmen Seem To Need Beer…
Arbat Street Cow
Arbat Street Cow
Red Building On Arbat Street
Red Building On Arbat Street
Another Arbat Street Building
Another Arbat Street Building
Fountain On Arbat Street
Fountain On Arbat Street
Tatoo Dragon
Tatoo Dragon
Top Of Arbat Street
Top Of Arbat Street
Irn Bru On Sale In Moscow 8)
Irn Bru On Sale In Moscow 8)
Reaching Novodevichy Convent
Reaching Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent Enterance
Novodevichy Convent Enterance
Still Frozen Pond At Novodevichy C…
Still Frozen Pond At Novodevichy …
St Nicholas Tower At Novodevichy …
St Nicholas' Tower At Novodevichy…
Model Of Novodevichy Convent
Model Of Novodevichy Convent
Cathedral Of the Virgin Of Smolensk
Cathedral Of the Virgin Of Smolensk
Domes On Cathedral Of the Virgin O…
Domes On Cathedral Of the Virgin …
Gate Church Of The Intercession
Gate Church Of The Intercession
Church Of The Assumption
Church Of The Assumption
Back Of Cathedral Of the Virgin Of…
Back Of Cathedral Of the Virgin O…
Across The Convent To Bell Tower
Across The Convent To Bell Tower
Still Snow On The Ground
Still Snow On The Ground
Woman With A Serious Hat :O
Woman With A Serious Hat :O
Statue On Way Back Down To Sportiv…
Statue On Way Back Down To Sporti…
Stalls Outside Sportivnaya Metro
Stalls Outside Sportivnaya Metro
Sportivnaya Metro Station
Sportivnaya Metro Station
Street View Up Yo Lubyyanka
Street View Up Yo Lubyyanka
Bolshoi Theatre In Sunshine
Bolshoi Theatre In Sunshine
Traffic In Tverskaya
Traffic In Tverskaya
State Duma
State Duma
St Basils On Last Night
St Basils On Last Night
Kremlin Wall
Kremlin Wall
Heading Out To Gate
Heading Out To Gate
Red Square View
Red Square View
GUM All Lit Up
GUM All Lit Up
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