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Is the double spirit of
It was just for case that I went there. My uncle moved to Russia a couple of years before because of his job and he invited me several times. “Devi assolutamente venire”, “You have to come, absolutely”!
Never thought before to visit
As usual, at list in most occasions, I left with my friend Augusto “Tacho”.
When we landed in Шереметьево (Sheremetyevo) Airport, was a sunny day of May and we found my uncle’s driver waiting for us. Oh yes, because in
From the airport to the center, my uncle was living pretty close to the center, it takes around one hour for
And impressive is also when you arrive in the heart of the city! Is not easy to find right words.
We spent the evening and the dinner to my uncle place, trying to plan what was better to visit in just three days!
In the night, when became dark (in spring become dark very late, around midnight) uncle drove us around the city showing the main tourist places, just like appetizer. It was a fast sightseeing, but simply wonderful. I understood that I would love that city.
Bolshoj, St. Basil, the Kremlin, the Church of Cornelius the saviour, Lubjanka and the avenues lit by thousands of colors.
All this dressed with the usual contradiction. Old and new!
Before living we decided to stay in Hotel instead of my uncle home, just to feel a little more free.
In the first full day we were early in the Izmailovsky market. An incredible place full of wooden stands selling millions of different stuff. Souvenirs, carpets, icons, amber, jewelry, clothes, objects and uniforms of the old Red Army, everything you could think about
An enjoyable place where, if you’re smart, you can have a bargain shopping. And I did! I bought, among other stuff, an old orthodox icon for $40 instead of $140 (a good price anyway) and you know why? The seller was totally drunk (
When I came back in Italy I asked to Russian Institute in Rome to verify if the icon was original! Good business, absolutely original!
The Market took almost all the day, so we decided to come back to the hotel just to take a shower because for that night my uncle, as surprise, booked for us a table to Pushkin Restaurant, one of the best in Moscow, a wonderful old place (late 1900).
After dinner we had a tour on the hills around Moskow and we enjoyed a spectacular view of the city from above.
The night ended drinking vodka at the Royal Viking Bar, a floating bar, reconstruction of an old viking ship, on the
Third day was dedicated to classical tour.
Just outside the hotel it was enough to raise the hand and…. et voilà,
somebody stops to drive us where we like. Yes, because in Moskow works like that.
When you think about
St. Basil Cathedral , one of the most beautiful monuments I ever seen in my life, inside and outside. A salad of colors that makes you happy just reminding.
On the right side of the square you find Lenin Mausoleum (Mavzolej Lenina) where you can see the embalmed body of Lenin.
On the left side there are the old state warehouse GUM, once a store for people became a luxury shopping center in 1990 after the collapse of the Soviet.
Very close to red Square there is the mythical Kremlin, headquarter of russian government institutions. A city in the city. Just when you enter you can feel to be in a special place. The heart of
Beyond the corridors of power there are a number of beautiful churches. In
All around the Kremlin area, surrounded by high walls, there are beautiful gardens where you can rest a little during the visit, always controlled by somebody, even if you don’t see…..
The day is going over! We’re pretty tired! But we can’t miss to see the Old Arbat, an old long commercial street full of shops and restaurants (avoid to eat there, most are traps for tourists).
During our walking happens what often happens in
But we had be warned about it, so, right there, we pretend to call our embassy to ask for a translator. You know what happens? They gave us back, very quickly, our passports and made us a sign to go.
So be careful when you meet police, they always try, in different ways, to extort money. First of all no panic! If your visa were not regular you were still waiting to the airport. Don’t think?
Not yet satisfied we want to visit also the
Now we are very very tired!!! But….is the last night in
A deserved dinner in a restaurant in a nice commercial street, can’t remember the name, sorry, lit like a casino and alive late and then we decide to try the experience of a russian disco.
Tomorrow the flight is in the morning, so is better to go to pack...and sleep.
Moskow! A city of contradictions. A city that wants to leave the past but still keeps it locked in the trunk of his old cars. Few rich people against a lot of poor. Unacceptable, horrible old grey buildings and avenues that seems