Shopping and Eating Out
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I went to Vernissage, which is an open-air souvenir market. It is part of the cultural complex known as the Kremlin of Izmailovo, which also houses the Vodka Museum. Some people may find this place overtly touristy, but I personally think it is a fun place to buy souvenir. Vernissage is located adjacent to the East Asian market, which is mostly run by Chinese and Vietnamese traders. This is why you would see many East Asian faces around this area.
After doing some shopping at Vernissage, I went to gigantic Izmailovsky Park, which is like a vast forest reserve. The most interesting part of this park is probably the Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond. Gorodok imeni Baumana, which is located on an island in the pond, is what remains of an old family estate that used to stand there. Peter the Great spent a part of his childhood on this very spot, which explains why there is a statue of him in the complex.
Next, I got off at the Metro station "Tretyakovskaya," where the State Tretyakov Gallery is located. The area is a popular commercial area. When I went there, it was packed (this was Friday evening, after all).
At night, I went to the Red Square with some people from the hostel. Saint Basil's Cathedral, together with the rest of the Red Square, was beautifully lit. The view from the Bloshoy Moskvoretsky bridge is spectacular!