Second Day in Moscow

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Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed

I stayed at one of the best rated hostels in Moscow: Napoleon Hostel. It is conveniently located in an old but lively neighbourhood called Kitai Gorod. Everything from Red Square to Tverskaya Ulitsa is within walking distance. What I liked most about this hostel was that it had a lounge, where you could exchange information with other travellers. Otherwise, the accomodation at the hostel was okay. Be ready for mosquito attacks at night, but this is something you have to deal with while in Russia during summer. The service at the hostel depended largely on the staff in charge. Most of them were very helpful, but there was... one exception. Let's just leave it at that.

I spent the morning walking around the city centre.

Kitay Gorod
I saw Red Square, GUM, Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Ulitsa, pedestrian streets around Kuznetsky Most, Pushkin Square, Eliseyev's Supermarket and so on. I grew up in Moscow during the 90's, but this was a city I could hardly recognize. Welcome to the new Moscow! With all the ongoing construction projects in and around the city, Moscow will be even more different in 5 years' time. Moscow has definitely become a lot wealthier since the 90's. It's like the capital of nouveaux riches. The economic growth in recent years has produced a new breed of wealthy Moscovites, whose conspicuous display of their new-found wealth is fast changing the cityscape. Shopping centres, luxury condominiums and posh restaurants are popping up all over the city. But one step away from glitzy shops and renovated facades on the city's main arteries, you will find crumbling old buildings and quiet alleys with none of the new Moscow's pretentions.

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Cathedral of Saint Basil the Bless…
Cathedral of Saint Basil the Bles…
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Chapel of the Virgin of Iberia
Chapel of the Virgin of Iberia
Politechnical Museum
Politechnical Museum
Lubyanka Square
Lubyanka Square
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Red Square
Red Square
GUM
GUM
Museum of History
Museum of History
Kremlin
Kremlin
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Kitay Gorod
Moscow City Hall
Moscow City Hall
Tverskaya Ulitsa
Tverskaya Ulitsa
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